What is Collaborative Practice Agreement Nurse Practitioner ?
Nurse practitioner which has certification and legal license could independently open their own healthcare service. Though there is a certain law which arranges Nurse Practitioner (NP) to sign an agreement of collaboration with a qualified physician in the same specialty area. A nurse practitioner may performs several tasks such as diagnosing acute or chronic disease, prescribing medication, interpreting medical test result, educating patients and more, but they also need to make it clear about their scope. Therefore a nurse practitioner needs to make a collaborative practice agreement nurse practitioner.
What is collaborative practice agreement nurse practitioner? The followings are some elaboration about what are things supposed to be included in the collaborative practice agreement nurse practitioner. The agreement is more or less consists of three parts; the main part, annual reviews of collaborative practice agreement, and the last is attachments.
The main part is consisting of several points; requiring authority, parties to protocol (including name, address, certificate and license numbers), the next is about nature of the practice. This agreement is intended to establish clear line of scope of practice and medical function authorized. In this part, nurse practitioner is supposed to use appropriate description for their specialty and activities. ( read : Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs ? )
The next point on the collaborative practice agreement nurse practitioner is about management area and description of duties. The following is examples of duty’s description on the collaborative practice agreement family nurse practitioner; provide education to family as indicated with psychiatric illness (including medication and adverse effect) and give consultation from the collaborating psychiatric for acute, chronic and complicated illness. ( read : Between Nurse Practitioner And RN )
After elaborating nurse practitioner duties, the next point would be physician duties. The physician should give regular supervisor on management of common health problems and health care treatments. It is necessary for physician to allocate their time in giving consultation for complex health problems. Physician must be available by phone or other communications device, if it is not possible they need to give name of backup physician.
The followings are some points that could be also included on the collaborative practice agreement family nurse practitioner; specific conditions and requirements for emergency service and direct evaluation and quality assurance. The last is date and signature of both physician and nurse practitioner. ( read : Can Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Suboxone )
Second part is about annual reviews of collaborative practice agreement. This part consists of some comments on the regular review of both nurse practitioner and physician completed with their signatures.
The last part is attachment. There are various things could be inserted in this part, such as restricted drugs categories, approved drugs categories and standard formulary used by Nurse Practitioner. In attachment both parties could also adding financial arrangement between a nurse practitioner and collaborating physician.
This financial arrangement between these two parties is illegal. It based on some federal law which prohibit nurse practitioner and their collaborate physician to engage in financial relationship named “kick back” and “fee splitting”.
From the elaboration above we know what is collaborative practice agreement nurse practitioner? And why is it important for independent nurse practitioner to collaborate with physician. All of those are intended to improve the quality of primary health med ica care.