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Only partial mileage reimbursement??

Hello all

I am a field home RN infusion nurse. The nursing agency I work for only reimburses mileage at 50c per mileage for ONE WAY of the trip only! And on top of that they subtract the first 20 miles from that one segment. So I drive sometimes 200 miles a day to see one patient. So my mileage reimbursement is 100 miles-20 miles= 80 miles. So on a 200 mile trip I only get reimbursed for 80 of these miles.

If the distance to the patient is less than 20 miles we get NO mileage.

Is this a standard practice? How do other nursing agencies/registries do home infusion mileage reimbursement?

Tx

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

The pre and post 20 mile rule is not too unusual, it is considered average commute time or whatever. The one way reimbursement sucks though.

Keep in mind that whatever the facility does not pay you in mileage you get to write off in taxes at $0.56/mile so you really do not lose the money.

It is a hassle but hourly pay and benefits factor into that so I cannot sat whether it is a good deal or not. I have worked places where there was no mileage but the pay was so good it simply made up for it.

Document all of your mileage, you will need to write off the $0.06 per mileage difference plus the one way trip and the 20 miles.

Thank you for your reply.

Have you developed a good system to keep track of all these different things such as mileage reimbursed versus not? I work for several agencies so it becomes so complicated as each have their own systems.

IVRUS, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access.

RNfromSA,

I too work for a company which does not pay what the government standard is, but as someone else said, you can write off the difference when you do your yearly taxes. Now, paying you only for the trip to the home, and not the return is imo, ridiculous. I take off my entire commuter miles and what's left, is the companies.

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

Thank you for your reply.

Have you developed a good system to keep track of all these different things such as mileage reimbursed versus not? I work for several agencies so it becomes so complicated as each have their own systems.

For every company that I have worked for that paid mileage I had to keep a mileage log. I save all those in my Google Drive and at the end of the year add up the miles and subtract the difference that I have to write off.

That way you have documentation for the IRS too...

Really? SO IVRUS what are your commuter miles defined as?

Edited by RNfromSA
name update

Thanks for your reply AsystoleRN. Much appreciated- all your input.

IVRUS, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access.

Communter miles are mileage it takes to set your foot on the gas peddle and drive from home to office and then back home. So, if I'm driving to a place which is 100 miles away, and it normally takes me 30 miles round trip to go to the office and back, then my "billable" miles will be 70.

Make sense?

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