New Texas Law Removes Medical Procedure Approval Process For Some Doctors

A new law will no longer require some Texas doctors to obtain approval for certain medical procedures, treatments or drugs.

Physicians with a proven track record — who are approved 90% of the time for a service — will receive “gold card” status and be exempt from the prior authorization process, which requires them to get permission from insurers before performing care.

Physicians in Texas have long complained about this process, often saying the massive amount of paperwork required has split their attention away from patient care. Eighty-seven percent of Texas doctors say that the prior authorization burden has gotten worse in the past five years, according to a survey of 37,000 doctors by the Texas Medical Association…


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