What is Palliative Care?
What is an Advanced Practice Nurse?
Roles of the Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse
Palliative Care Certification
Paying for APN Services
Direct reimbursement for APN services can come from several sources. APNs can bill Medicare at 85 percent of the rate physicianís receive. To be reimbursed, an advanced practice nurse must collaborate with a physician and be certified as an advanced practice nurse by a national organization. A masterís degree will be required by 2003 to receive reimbursement from Medicare. APNs can bill Medicaid for reimbursement, but the rules and rates vary from state to state. Other third party payers, such as insurance companies, usually reimburse APNs for clinical care.
APNs are also often on salary in medical institutions that bill for APN-provided services. Furthermore, in a number of institutional and practice settings, particularly capitated or federally financed safety net health systems, APNís salaries can be financed through cost avoidance of unnecessary hospitalizations or ICU days or through improved system efficiency resulting from their involvement in palliative care.