Today’s BIG Idea relates to two projects I am working on this week. The first project is for a practice with an in-house pharmacy. The drugs are expensive and the pre-authorization process is extensive, but the software leaves a lot to be desired. I will briefly describe how we are mining data out of the software to replace a manual Excel sheet that tracks pre-authorizations to give this practice a lot more visibility. The second project is for an orthopedic group that used to have a lot of drama and plenty of crises in the pre-authorization department. We data mine their system to pull the status of cases to be pre-authorized and summarize the data on an automatic morning email. Managers and staff can see the pre-auth status at a glance. With that visibility comes much better control of the pre-authorization process. If your practice is limiting surgeries or other procedures due to Covid, the last thing you need is to not get paid due to a missing authorization. Get control of your pre-authorization process by leveraging your data today.