In July 2010, under Colorado Law, advanced practice nurses are allowed to hold private practice. This is the same role as a traditional physician practice model.
If you would like to continue to see your advanced practice nurse in private practice, some commercial insurance, especially Medicare Advantage plans, will not honor an advanced practice nurse on their list of providers. We request your help to change this policy of all commercial insurance companies. Several states have demonstrated that with the support from our patients, we CAN change this policy...and allow unlimited access to healthcare for everyone in Colorado and the nation.
In the state of Colorado, commercial insurance carriers who offer,
Medicare Advantage Plans
are denying advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwifes, clinical nurse specialists) to be your provider in private practice. This means if you see a nurse practitioner/advanced practice nurse in private practice your insurance will not honor the office visit.
TODAY....On behalf of your nurse practitioner/advanced practice nurse write a brief letter or send an email to your commercial insurance carrier and the Colorado State Division of Insurance Commissioner, and request that we allowed on the list of providers as an independent practitioner.