Electronic Prior Authorization: A Better Way
Prior authorization (PA) is a growing administrative burden for physicians and their staff. Moreover, PA can lead to care delays, treatment abandonment, and negative clinical outcomes for patients. Current manual submission processes are time consuming and present an opportunity for greater automation through electronic prior authorization (ePA). This 10-minute video series outlines the burdens associated with current manual PA processes, describes how pharmacy ePA can help improve PA processing times, and explains how physicians can implement ePA in their practices. After watching this video series, physicians and their staff should feel comfortable contacting electronic health record (EHR) vendors about ePA and asking to have it installed in their practices. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Tyler Scheid at tyler.scheid@ama-assn.org. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.
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Electronic Prior Authorization: A Better Way
Release Date:
May 292018
Expiration Date: May 29, 2020

Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
  1. List problems associated with the current PA process
  2. Identify who is burdened by the current PA process
  3. Describe how pharmacy ePA is different from current PA processes
  4. Identify at least three advantages of ePA over the current PA process
  5. Describe how to get started with ePA

Target Audience
This activity is designed for physicians of all specialties who prescribe medications that require PA as well as qualified health care professionals, nurse practitioners, medical office managers/practice managers, physician assistants, and other physician office staff who assist with the PA process. In addition, policymakers and lobbyists involved in legislative efforts to mandate ePA can benefit from this activity.

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care and practice-based learning and improvement. 

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Claiming Your CME Credit 
In order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 1) view the module content in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation.    

Planning Committee
Mary Kelly - CME Program Committee advisor - AMA
Heather McComas, PharmD - Director - Advocacy - Administrative Simplification Initiatives - AMA
Tyler Scheid, JD - Senior Policy Analyst - Advocacy - Administrative Simplification Initiatives - AMA

Faculty
Heather McComas, PharmD - Director - Advocacy - Administrative Simplification Initiatives - AMA
Tyler Scheid, JD - Senior Policy Analyst - Advocacy - Administrative Simplification Initiatives - AMA
Kate Rodgers - Manager - Communications Advocacy - AMA - Content Consultant

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Hardware/software Requirements
Hardware/Software Requirements: 
Screen resolution of 1280 x720  
Web browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE, Safari
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player

Should you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Tyler Scheid at tyler.scheid@ama-assn.org. 

Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
FREE
Activity Price
29 Registered Users
Credits
0.25 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians