A Health Affairs study published in 2009 showed that navigating the managed care maze costs physicians $23.2 to $31 billion a year.
AMA said its survey showed that preauthorization policies create costly bureaucratic hassles that take time away from patients. Physicians in the survey said they average 20 hours each week dealing with preauthorizations.
"Nearly all physicians surveyed said that streamlining the preauthorization process is important and 75% believe an automated process would increase efficiency," Rohack said. "The AMA is urging health insurers to automate and streamline the current cumbersome preauthorization process so physicians can manage patient care more efficiently."