Registered nurses have been included under Medicare and Medicaid since those programs became operational back in 1966. From 1977 to 1997 Medicare amendments made it possible for advanced practice registered nurses to participate in Part B and directly bill Medicare carriers for the clinical services they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. In 2011, 100,585 APRNs earned $2.4 billion in approved charges for providing services to 10.4 million Medicare Part B fee-for-service beneficiaries. That’s 30% of all fee-for-service beneficiaries. Read about the individual State statistics here.
Nurse Practitioners are now the fourth largest clinical specialty participating in Part B, after internists, family practitioners, and emergency physicians.
APRNs Awarded $5.7 Million in Medicare Bonuses for High Quality/e-Prescribing
APRN Involvement in Medicare Part B Shows Continued Increases in 2010
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