The Balanced Budget Act of 1997: Reimbursement and the Advanced Practice Nurse

William J. Mazzocco Jr.


January 28, 2000

In This Article


The new millennium holds a great deal of promise for APNs, but they must be prepared to go through a maturation process as providers. Ultimately, it will be up to each clinician to educate themselves, the insurers, and their patients on these new emerging roles. While the task may seem daunting, even the longest journey begins with the first step. Nursing as a profession and nurses as individual practitioners must be willing to make that commitment.

This is the first in a series of brief reports on advanced practice nursing and reimbursement issues. Future reports will include topics such as different methods of billing, how to become a Medicare provider, dealing with private insurers, the ins and outs of coding and documentation, fraud and abuse, working in a variety of practice settings, and more.


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