UnitedHealthcare Drops 20% of Prior Authorizations and Introduces Gold-Card Program

March 30, 2023

The payer giant UnitedHealthcare announced plans to cut down on prior authorizations by introducing a new gold-card program. The gold-card program would be implemented nationwide and would cut the number of prior authorizations by 20%. Once implemented, the program will relieve a significant work burden for the provider groups involved.

According to Andrew Cass, “The program will apply to most UnitedHealthcare members across commercial Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans. Qualifying provider groups will follow a simple notification process for most procedure codes rather than the prior authorization process”

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(Source: Becker’s Payer Issues, March 30th, 2023)

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