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Table 3 Cost of prior authorization requests over a four-week period

From: Practice characteristics and prior authorization costs: secondary analysis of data collected by SALT-Net in 9 central New York primary care practices

Practice Total EF count Total time in minutes Mean time per request (minutes) Projected annual cost ($) Mean # request/week Per FTE Physician  
       FTE Requests/week Time/week Cost/week Cost/year
1 103 972 9.4 3804 25.8 4.5 5.8 54.6 18 $926
2 49 874 17.8 5020 12.3 3.0 4.1 72.8 35 $1,813
3 63 899 14.3 5112 15.8 5.0 3.2 45.0 21 $1,108
4 51 1,231 24.1 4647 12.8 3.0 4.3 102.6 32 $1,678
5 38 582 15.3 4250 9.5 1.0 9.5 145.5 89 $4,604
6 29 375 12.9 1979 7.3 3.0 2.4 31.3 14 $715
7 21 382 18.2 1968 5.3 2.0 2.6 47.8 21 $1,066
8 32 434 13.6 2540 8.0 1.5 5.3 72.3 35 $1,835
9 49 735 15.0 5278 12.3 3.0 4.1 61.3 37 $1,906