Utilization Management: Here’s What You Need to Know

A growing number of complex, expensive medications are entering the market. At the same time, health insurance companies, also called payer, are increasingly relying on utilization management to control healthcare costs by influencing patient care decisions. Common utilization management tools include prior authorizations, step therapy, predeterminations, and preauthorizations.

An Essential Guide to Step Therapy

Health insurance companies increasingly employ cost management strategies as more expensive, specialized drugs enter the market. The use of step therapy is one of these cost-control strategies. The goal of step therapy is for patients to try low-cost medications before moving on to more costly ones.