Is pre - certification & pre authorizaton are same?

Pre Certification

A requirement that you obtain the insurance company's approval before a medical service is provided. If you fail to follow the pre-certification procedures the company may reduce or deny claim payment. Please note: getting pre-certification does not guarantee claim payment. Also called Utilization Review.

Prior Authorization

Prior authorization is a requirement that your physician obtain approval from your health plan to prescribe a specific medication for you. Without this prior approval, your health plan may not provide coverage, or pay for, your medication.

In other words both are simillar.

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