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Recommendations to Eliminate Medicare’s 'Incident to' Billing, Requiring APRNs to Bill Directly
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an advisory body to Congress on Medicare payment issues, voted unanimously to recommend that, “The Congress should require APRNs and Physician Assistants (PAs) to bill the Medicare program directly, eliminating ‘incident to’ billing for services they provide.” Under the current billing model, Medicare pays 85 percent of the fee schedule amount when APRNs bill the program directly, while APRN care services billed as “incident to” under a physician’s identifier are paid at 100 percent. MedPAC notes that eliminating “incident to” billing would save the Medicare program money and improve data on who provides care to beneficiaries.
In addition, MedPAC recommended that HHS refine Medicare’s specialty designation for APRNs and PAs, which could be implemented by having APRNs and PAs report their specialty when they enroll as providers in the Medicare program. Read more
Hospital ‘Bouncer’ Nurses Are Saving Lives By Dramatically Cutting Down on Hospital Waiting Times
A British hospital has unveiled the nation’s first hospital “bouncer” nurses to redirect non-urgent patients away from emergency rooms — and the initiative has already reduced waiting times dramatically.
The “gatekeeper” nursing staffers are stationed at the front door before receptionists so they can immediately assess patients when they arrive. They can then decide if they are in genuine need of urgent care — and if not, the nurses can then redirect the patients to their pharmacies or general practitioners. Read more
Call for Public Comment
The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying
The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board seeks public comment on the proposed position statement, The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying.
The deadline for comments is April 8, 2019.