WEAMA worked hard this session with other rehabilitative therapies to reduce the prior authorization requirements by insurers. Governor Inslee signed ESSB 6157 Prior Authorization on March 22, 2018. The bill goes into effect on June 6, 2018. Health carriers will be prohibited from requiring prior authorization for: initial evaluation and management visits; and up to six consecutive treatment visits in a new episode of care of chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, east Asian medicine, massage therapy, and speech and hearing therapies that meet the standards of medical necessity.
Bill information website: Prior Authorization ESSB 6157