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

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pre-authorization was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Pre-authorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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