Friday, October 2, 2009

100% reimbursement for Certified Nurse-Midwives in Health Care Legislation

National Midwifery Week (October 4-10) is special this year. Not only are we preparing for the opening of the new PeaceHealth Nurse-Midwifery Birth Center but the news out of Congress points to the likely passage of legislation guaranteeing equitable reimbursement for certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) under Medicare. As of last night, it is now included in both the House and Senate health care reform bills. CNMs currently receive 65% reimbursement for the same services provided by other healthcare providers.

Watch C-SPAN’s clip of Sen. Kent Conrad’s introduction of the provision last night:

It appears that the only thing between CNMs and 100% reimbursement under Medicare is President Obama’s signature. Let the National Midwifery Week celebrations begin!

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