Momentum Growing: 175 Groups Oppose UHC Prior Authorization Policy

ASGE, together with ACG and AGA, recruited 175 groups to cosign a letter to the UnitedHealthcare (UHC) CEO opposing the prior authorization for GI endoscopy procedures policy that’s due to go into effect for commercial plans starting June 1, 2023. 

We are not alone in this fight.

The groups joining the GI societies include patient advocates, national and state medical societies, independent practices, and academic institutions. 

Importantly, the coalition has grown beyond GI, reflecting the stake that all of medicine has in prior authorization. We received support from otolaryngologists, neurologists, surgeons, osteopaths, cataract surgeons, urologists, echocardiologists, clinical oncologists and neurological surgeons. 

We are grateful to the ACG, AGA, and ASGE members who helped in recruiting the organizations and thank those groups for joining us.

Additionally, in a separate letter signed by ACG, ASGE and AGA presidents, the three GI societies also requested that UHC reconsider and rescind the upcoming changes. It is clear from the hundreds of organizations joining us to oppose these prior authorization requirements that they will have a significant negative impact on patient care and GI practice operations. Our patients and practices deserve better. 

Help keep up the pressure on UHC!

#1 Take action: contact your state's policymakers!

Send this letter to your state policymakers. Over 30 state medical associations and state GI societies have joined us. It is more important than ever that state insurance commissions know that their state medical societies also oppose these upcoming changes. Send a letter now.

#2 Take action: contact UHC now!

Write UHC's CEO with this customizable letterthat outlines the impact of their GI endoscopy prior authorization program on gastroenterologists and their patients. Anyone can send a letter – just create an account first.

#3 Take action: use your voice on social media!

Share graphics and tag UHC. Tell the public how UHC's new GI prior authorization program will impact your patients and practice. Don't forget to tag @UHC and use the #FixPriorAuth hashtag.  


About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with almost 16,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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