what does a utilization review nurse do?
what about career advancement/prospects in that field?
what do they usually make?
Jan 1, '07
Sorry that you haven't gotten an answer yet. I have worked in UR but it has been awhile. Most UR nurses work for an insurance company/health plan or state program. They receive a request from a provider for a patient to have a service (surgery, in-clinic procedure, out-pt therapy, etc). The nurse reviews the request for medical necessity and whether or not the patient's insurance provides a benefit for the requested procedure. Most places use one of two guides (InterQual or Milliman and Roberts) to review by. So if a procedure "meets" the guideline in InterQual...the nurse approves the request. If if doesn't meet the guidelines then the request is often referred to a supervising physician. It is actually not as boring as it sounds!
I don't know what the current salaries are but I do think that career advancement is fairly good but that is depending on where you want to head from there.
Feb 24, '07
I worked UR for two years and that was three years ago. To make myself more marketable and return back to UR, I want to take the CPUR exam. Have you taken the CPUR? McKesson offers a self study course for $150. I was wondering how fast I could take the self study if I actively pursued it? Can I buy the study guide cheaper somewhere else and McKesson still recognize it? Thanks.
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