Psychiatrists spend 1 million hours a year awaiting insurance approval, study says

April 24, 2013 5:35 AM

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Psychiatrists spend 1 million hours a year awaiting insurance approval, study says

One million hours: That’s how long psychiatrists across the country spend each year, waiting to get approval from insurance companies before they’re able to hospitalize suicidal or mentally ill patients from the emergency room, according to estimates from a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Unlike other doctors, psychiatrists are required to seek permission from a patient’s insurance company, before admitting anyone to the hospital from an emergency room.

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