Breadcrumb Navigation:

Human Resources > Glossary > Current Page

Term Details - Authorization, Health Services

Generally, authorization is approval to use health services or specialists outside of a managed care network, or for coverage of a hospitalization. A primary care physician can often authorize services and referrals to specialists; however, sometimes a health plan requires the patient to obtain prior authorization from the plan itself for non-emergency hospital admissions or for certain high-cost or high-tech procedures.

Back to term index
Last Edited: December 3rd, 2010