Working as a locums nurse practitioner is an exciting career which thousands of NPs across the country have chosen to follow. Many nurse practitioners have found locums give them more flexibility, more control over their career and income, and opportunities for growth.
The locum’s role and the duration of the assignment will direct which method you use to bill for locum tenens professional services. When you know how to properly bill for locum tenens services, you’ll find that locum tenens staffing is an effective way to generate revenue while ensuring patient access and continuity of care.
Keeping Records for Locum Tenens
You must keep detailed records of all the services provided by locum tenens providers. Doing this will allow you to prove the services were rendered by the locum in case of an audit or malpractice suit. Facilities and practices that use an electronic medical records system can print the claims at any time, and therefore don’t need to keep paper copies. They should, however, keep track of the dates locum tenens providers were used so they can easily access claims.
Billing for Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioners
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services billing guidelines for locum tenens physicians do not apply to nurse practitioners. The directions for billing locum tenens NP and PA services differ from state to state. Contact us to find out if using modifier Q6 is appropriate.