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AGA doubles down on prior auth fight with UHC

The AGA Governing Board has made a major commitment to fight the policy.
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AGA is profoundly alarmed and disappointed by UnitedHealthcare’s (UHC) prior authorization requirement for gastroenterology endoscopy services for all commercial plans, regardless of the outpatient location. Speeding up access to care for patients by reforming prior authorization is our #1 advocacy priority.

At our meeting at DDW®, the AGA Governing Board allocated the resources necessary for a sustained fight against the prior authorization policy United Healthcare plans to implement on June 1. Read more about AGA’s position in this press release 

UnitedHealthcare’s expansion of prior authorization for most physician-prescribed endoscopy procedures — effective June 1 — could disrupt time-sensitive care for millions of patients and create needless anxiety and delays for patients who may have cancer or other serious GI conditions. 

AGA will continue to work with our sister GI societies, patient advocates, policymakers and the broader health care community to push the levers of influence to stop or overturn this policy. 

Stay tuned for more information as the battle heats up.

  • Send a letter through the AGA advocacy action center.

    Write United’s CEO if you haven’t already. This customizable letter outlines the impact of their GI endoscopy prior authorization program on gastroenterologists and their patients.

  • Use social media.

    Tell United how its new GI prior auth program will affect you and your patients and choose from different social media graphics for Twitter.

  • Spread the word.

    Encourage your #AGAgastrosquad to get involved by sending a letter or tweet. (Anyone can send a letter – just create an account first.) We need to work together to make a difference and prevent further delays to GI patient care!

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