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ArMA Priority Legislation Receives Unanimous Committee Support

Thursday, January 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: ArMA Communications
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On Thursday morning, Dr. Amish Shah’s bill, HB 2532 (prior authorization; uniform request form) was unanimously approved by the House Health CommitteeHB 2532 directs the Arizona Department of Insurance to approve a standard prior authorization form for use by all private insurance companies. We heard from our members that the time and effort spent on prior authorization is detrimental to the practice of medicine and doesn’t serve patient care in Arizona. This bill will standardize the process, with the ultimate goal of reducing administrative burden and allowing physicians to spend more time with their patients. ArMA’s Director of Government Relations, Jon Amores, testified on behalf of the billand provided information to the Committee on the twelve other states that have already passed uniform prior authorization form legislationAs previously reported, the ArMA Advocacy team has been working with Representative Shah and other stakeholders for months on this bill, and we’re grateful to the House Health and Human Services Committee members for their support.  

 

Thank you to all the physicians who signed in the RTS system in support of the bill. For those who haven’t had a chance, it’s not too late! The bill must still be considered by each caucus, then by the Committee of the Whole in the House, and receive a final vote, before the bill moves to the Senate. You can sign in here, by searching for HB 2532. If you need an RTS account, you can create one here. Note that the account must be created at the Capitol, but thereafter can be accessed anywhere.  

 

Finally, ArMA is grateful to the many organizations who signed in in support of the bill. The amount of work that took place over the last several months brought together all the following stakeholders to make this possible:

  • Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • The Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Association
  • The Arizona Psychiatric Society
  • Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Arizona Council of Human Services Providers
  • Arizona Nurses Association
  • The Health System Alliance of Arizona
  • The Arizona Bioindustry Association
  • The Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
  • The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
  • The Arizona Pharmacy Association
  • The Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • The Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians