The Frustration of Prior Authorization and What It Means For Burnout

Most medical students understand that a good chuck of their day as practicing physicians will involve clicking through electronic health records and completing paperwork. But I do not think it is ever made clear how often we will interact with insurance companies. Of course, this will vary by specialty, but everyone entering medical practice should have a basic understanding of prior authorization.

I recently saw an Instagram post from Dr. Austin Chaing about the frustrations of prior authorization — a process wherein medical care will only be paid for if it has been pre-approved by the insurance company. There are a number of reasons insurance companies require preauthorization, including age, medical necessity, and availability of a generic. If a prior authorization is denied, a healthcare provider may file an appeal based on their assessment of the patient and the recommended treatment or medication.

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Your Monthly Prescription, Dose 4


My biochem notes and I are getting ready to jet off to the Windy City for a wedding and I’m looking forward to some fall weather (for context, it’s 8:00am in Miami and already 80 degrees). But before we take to the sky, its time for Your Monthly Prescription, our feature highlighting everything from an important long-read to medical Instagram celebs. Please feel free to send along anything you think we should feature!

What I’m Doing: Anatomy, that medical student rite of passage, has now come and gone. But even while I was in the midst of hours in the lab and memorization by nutty mnemonics, I still tried to keep up with my healthy habits. This included some at-home yoga thanks to Yoga With Adriene. I’m hoping that consistent attention to healthy eating, sleeping, movement and outside passions will help stave off burnout for a long time–but if that does not work, I’ll turn to The Female Doc and her incredible work on physician burnout.

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