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What is the OIG Exclusion List, and How Could it Affect Your Practice?

By Healthcare Attorney Alex Scarbrough Fisher

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services maintains a list of healthcare providers who are excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs. This list is known as the “List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)” and it is a BIG DEAL for the healthcare providers who unfortunately find themselves on this list. 

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Does Anyone Actually Know How NPs are Allowed to Practice?

I'm at a pharmacology conference in Chicago this week with a friend and former NP school classmate. My friend, Ann, is a family nurse practitioner who has been working in a cardiology practice for the past six years. Ann is pretty much an amazing and inspiring NP. Within cardiology, she has honed her skills in electrophysiology and does all things palpitations, pacemakers, and defibrillators

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The Nurse Practitioner Licensing Process in a Nutshell

I vividly recall sitting in a lecture hall in my nurse practitioner program in a plastic, too-small seat sandwiched between two classmates when I first heard of the NP licensing process. Suddenly, my personal space wasn't the only thing feeling cramped. The ins and outs of certification, applying for a license and a DEA number all in a specific order while simultaneously conducting a job search seemed overwhelming. 

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5 Issues to Consider When Starting Your Own Nurse Practitioner Practice

By Healthcare Attorney Alex Krouse

Nurse practitioner run practices are increasing in number throughout the country. From house call businesses to family practices, nurse practitioners are establishing themselves as business owners in the healthcare industry. Working with nurse practitioners to form their own practices is an exciting experience, but also one that many nurse practitioners find intimidating. 

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Can a D.O. Supervise a Nurse Practitioner?

Much to most nurse practitioner's chagrin, many states require that NPs be 'supervised by' or 'collaborate with' a physician in order to practice, prescribe, or both. These laws can be straightforward or complex depending on the state and contain multiple conditions of this so-called collaboration or supervision. 

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Advice for Taking Call that Will Save Your Nurse Practitioner License

Call responsibilities are an extension of practice for many nurse practitioners. As such, they must be taken just as seriously as in-person patient interactions. Providing care at a distance comes with the potential for misjudgment and miscommunication, so it's important for nurse practitioners to have best practices in place to guide this aspect of their careers. How do you reduce the liability that comes with taking call and ensure the best possible care for your patients?

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Even More(!) Reasons to Seek Legal Review of an Employment Agreement

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant considering a job offer, you've got a lot to consider. This week here at MidlevelU, we've been looking at various considerations for NPs and PAs when it comes to employment agreements (check out Part I and Part II of the trifecta). Our ultimate conclusion? Asking legal counsel to look over your agreement is well worth the time and expense. Here are the final of our Top 10 Reasons Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Should Seek Assistance Reviewing an Employment Agreement

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3 More Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Expert Review of Employment Agreements

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

This week on MidlevelU, we're featuring the top reasons nurse practitioners and physician assistants would be wise to have a set of legal eyes look over an employment contract before signing on the dotted line. If you missed the opening post in our series, Top 10 Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Legal Review of Employment Agreements from our employment contract review expert, you can find it here

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Top 10 Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Legal Review of Employment Agreements

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

Yesterday, we gave an overview of some of the challenges nurse practitioners and physician assistants face upon receiving a job offer. Presented with a lengthy employment agreement, many NPs and PAs neglect to understand and negotiate their contract, instead quickly signing on the dotted line. While employers are almost always well meaning, it's in your best interest as a healthcare provider to have an expert review your employment agreement to make sure you're protected and receiving fair representation. To start our series, here are a few reasons why. 

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Me vs. My Employer – When Do Nurse Practitioners Need an Attorney?

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants play an increasingly important role in the healthcare landscape. Studies have demonstrated that despite misconceptions concerning their perceived abilities, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) or advanced practice providers can perform the majority of tasks that physicians can, while providing a high quality of care at a lower cost. Because of the many benefits achieved by employing NPs and PAs, practices throughout the country are increasingly taking advantage of all that these providers can offer.

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Do You Need Your Own Medical Malpractice Insurance?

While none of us as nurse practitioners intentionally messes up, the reality is that our role comes with a high level of responsibility. Misjudgments or mishaps can potentially lead to harm. Failure to document decision making can come back to bite you. So, as healthcare providers, we protect ourselves by purchasing liability coverage. Most often, such coverage is purchased for us by our employers. Lately, I have received a number of questions from nurse practitioners asking if they need to purchase their own supplemental policies as well. 

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4 Steps to Full Prescribing as a California Nurse Practitioner

Some states make practicing as a nurse practitioner more difficult than others. California is one such state with a few additional hoops to jump through for nurse practitioners looking to maximize their scope of practice. In the Golden State, nurse practitioners are not permitted to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances such as Percocet without meeting certain requirements. If you're an NP looking to prescribe to your full potential, you'll need to follow these steps to meet California Board of Nursing Requirements. 

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