Fast PATH Initiative
Health insurance providers consistently seek ways to enhance the patient and provider experience. In January 2020, AHIP launched a new initiative called the Fast Prior Authorization Technology Highway (Fast PATH) to better understand the impact of electronic prior authorization (ePA) on the prior authorization process. This initiative builds on key priorities for improvement identified in the Consensus Statement.
Six health insurance providers that collectively cover over 50 million Americans participated in the project, with Availity and Surescripts serving as the technology partners and Point of Care Partners serving as an expert advisor. RTI International conducted an independent analysis of the project, looking at prior authorization transaction data both before and after implementation of ePA processes and surveying providers on their experiences using ePA technology.
Fast PATH Lessons Learned
Based on the findings that providers who are high users of the electronic prior authorization technology experience the greatest benefit, it is clear that to maximize the efficiencies of electronic prior authorization, strong provider adoption of the technology solution is critical.
To further realize the benefits of prior authorization, stakeholders should explore available pathways to increase provider adoption of ePA technology. These pathways could include a combination of: (1) increasing the availability of the technology to providers; and (2) increasing the use of the technology where it is already available by identifying and addressing challenges, such as provider readiness and training, workflow integration, and incentives for providers to use the technology.