The Maine Nurse Practitioner Association (MNPA) is the state’s professional organization for nurse practitioners who constitute the largest group among Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), and number about 2,627 in Maine. MNPA as an organization works tirelessly to make sure they have a clear voice for Nurse Practitioners within the states legislature, and have a place at the table for health care decision making within the state.
The board certifications for NPs are - Family, Psychiatric Mental Health, Adult Gerontology Primary Care, Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric Acute Care, Women’s Health and Neonatal. Many NPs may also have specific areas of interest and expertise in medical and surgical subspecialties (endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology and many others), underserved populations and rural health care.
Maine NPs earned the right to practice independent of physicians in the mid-1990s, following completion of at least 24 months of supervised work by a physician or another NP. More recently, they also won the right to be credentialed as participating providers, and won the opportunity to become primary care providers (PCPs) in managed care organizations (MCOs). The services of NPs (and Certified Nurse Midwives) must be billed to insurers using their own identification codes or numbers assigned by insurers, making it illegal to submit claims "incident to" a physician if the physician did not provide the service to the patient. This applies to all state-regulated insurers and MCOs.
Maine NPs practice in a wide variety of clinical and other settings, including hospitals, private and public clinics and practices, educational institutions, correctional facilities, and more. In the state of Maine NPs can prescribe Schedule II, III, IV and V medications using their own DEA numbers.
MNPA conducts 2 high quality conferences each year covering a wide array of topics to support NPs needs regardless of what specialty they might practice in. These conferences offer a great opportunity for NPs to acquire the approved CEUs that are needed for re-licensure.
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You may contact us in a variety of ways:
Maine Nurse Practitioner Association
Phone: (207) 621-0313
or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org