The nation’s largest health insurer will require physicians and hospitals to request prior approval before doing most hysterectomies, a move that may indicate a trend toward more pre-authorization for tests and procedures.
In a statement posted on its website, UnitedHealthcare cited evidence from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that shows better patient outcomes and fewer complications from vaginal hysterectomies than with laparoscopic or abdominal hysterectomies. The requirement for prior approval will be effective April 6. Patients undergoing outpatient vaginal hysterectomies do not need prior authorization, UHC said. Continue reading