Doctors representing several Physician associations recently appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage legislators to streamline the prior authorization process which they say is out of control. A spokesperson representing the American Academy of Family Physicians said that a process initially implemented to prevent unnecessary and extremely costly treatment has led to physician burnout, poorer patient outcomes and general chaos for physician practices and patients alike. Physicians were speaking in support of the “Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019,” a bill that was introduced in the House back in June. While more than 300 healthcare organizations have registered their support for this proposed legislation, some insurance industry lobbying groups say they are already taking steps to reduce the unnecessary burden. Other organizations, including insurance carriers, say they are committed to doing so and that legislation is not needed.