Hi everyone. I am applying to 4 master's programs for January 2012. My question regarding whether I should go the NP route or the PA route is because I have recently been told that in some areas they prefer PA's because they get better reimbursement for their services. Is that true? If so, do you all think NP is the best way to go. I work with one PA who was a nurse first but in her original state, they did not utilize NP's in the area she wanted. Also, she came out as a PA making alot more than I will as a NP. Also,I currently make more than I will as a starting NP. So decisons are tough.
Jun 16, '11
Hmm - midlevel (NP, PA, CNS, CNM, CRNA) reimbursement is the same across the board per Medicare/Medicaid guidelines.
PA versus NP salary - depends on the situation. Sometimes higher for PA, sometimes higher for NP. Variable depending on state and specialty.
Jun 16, '11
Thank you so much for your response. The hospital I work at utilizes NP in the ER through the company that the MD are contracted with for ER. They also utilize NP and PA's for trauma services and recently they went with PA's over NP's and that was the "word" as to why. Thanks again.