pre-au·​tho·​ri·​za·​tion | \ ˌprē-ˌȯ-th(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce pre-authorization (audio) \
variants: or preauthorization

Definition of pre-authorization

: prior authorization pre-authorization of credit card purchases especially : authorization (as by an insurer) that is required prior to performance of a health-care service (such as a surgery or prescription of a drug) Hospital leaders expect the new managed care companies to demand pre-authorization for many treatments, which could lead to fewer reimbursements and more hospital staff time devoted to hashing out billing differences. — Tony Leys Preauthorization requires doctors, like me, to spend time we do not have dealing with insurance companies to get the medicine our patients so desperately need.— Chinazo Cunningham

Other Words from pre-authorization

pre-authorize \ ˌprē-​ˈȯ-​thə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce pre-authorize (audio) \ or preauthorize transitive verb

First Known Use of pre-authorization

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Pre-authorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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