New Ohio Law Makes Prior Authorization More Transparent for Patients

In June, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed the Prior Authorization Reform Act into law. The new law requires insurers to have a web-based system to receive prior authorization requests and disclose all prior authorization rules to providers. It also mandates that patients must be given basic information about drugs and services that require prior authorization.
“We are hopeful that this law will allow Ohio patients to receive needed medical treatment in a more timely and transparent manner,” says Dennis A. Calnon, MD, FASNC, who serves on ASNC's Board of Directors. “As practicing physicians in Ohio, we are looking forward to spending more time interacting with our patients and less time completing prior authorization requirements. We consider this law to represent a victory for our patients as well as for Ohio physicians.”