But health plans and hospitals are resisting efforts to do more to limit complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
Some heavy-hitting health care organizations think that the prior authorization process needs improvement, saying in a consensus statement that it “can be burdensome for all involved—health care providers, health plans, and patients. Yet, there is wide variation in medical practice and adherence to evidence-based treatment.”
A nurse-focused program at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle travels upstream to treat and prevent delirium, one of the main causes of falls in the hospital. The program was associated with a near halving of the delirium-related fall rate.