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    Gazette Highlights Red-Tape-Cutting Reform to Actually SIMPLIFY Health Care Process in Michigan

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 11:02:18 AM EST
    Tags: Health Care, Simplification, Senator Marleau, Senator Schuitmaker, Red Tape, Streamlining, One Form, Insurance, Michigan (all tags)

    I had brought this up before, so figured I would follow through.

    As you may recall Last month I mentioned one of those little reforms that was floating around in Lansing that actually stood to make this state a better, more efficient place?

    Back in June, state Senators Jim Marleau and Tonya Schuitmaker introduced legislation to cut red tape and bureaucracy in the delivery of health care by asking the insurance commissioner to work with the insurance companies to create a single "universal prior authorization" form for doctors who prescribe medicine for their patients.

    It kinda speeds up things, brings costs down in my view.

    We here gave the good Senators a collective pat on the back when they introduced the bills for doing something productive to actually simplify the health care system - something we can't say for most in government these days especially those whose name might begin with "O", and end with "Bama."

    And lookie there! This morning The Kalamazoo Gazette has published a "featured viewpoint" on their editorial page called "Simplify the health insurance paperwork: Patients have already waited long enough", giving a high five to the Senators as well, and shedding a little more light on the real need for this reform.

    Insurance companies use paperwork called "prior authorization forms" to determine whether or not a drug being prescribed by your physician will be covered under your health plan. While most prior authorization forms ask for nearly identical information, more than 150 different insurance plans operating in Michigan each use their own unique forms, and not all of them can be submitted electronically.

    Practically speaking, that means physicians and their staffs are forced to sort through more than 1,000 pages of redundant forms and juggle numerous submission methods and requirements. The forms create a significant administrative and bureaucratic burden that delays the quality of patient care and limits the amount of time physicians and their staffs can spend directly with patients, addressing their health needs.

    And this redundant paperwork includes forms for drugs covered under Medicare plans.  How often does the government actually introduce a law that STREAMLINES regulation and the hoops someone has to jump through to do their job?

    This legislation does.  Makes it worth the effort if only for the novelty factor alone.

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