CERTIFIED NURSE-MIDWIVES' KNOWLEDGE OF REIMBURSEMENT ISSUES

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  • Lynette Ament CNM, PhD

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    • Lynette Ament is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty at Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT. Her doctorate is in nursing with a minor in public administration, and she earned a post-master's certificate in nurse-midwifery from the University of Illinois.


Lynette Ament, CNM, PhD, 37 Jennifer Road, Hamden, CT 06514.

ABSTRACT

A recent survey examined the impact of reimbursement policies and admitting privileges on the ability of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) to practice and maintain an income. Many CNMs reported deficits in their knowledge about reimbursement issues. The responses to the survey indicated that service directors either do not view this information as important to their leadership role, have delegated their authority to someone else, or do not have authority over this information. Education program directors may need to examine their curricular content to determine if students are being provided adequate information to better value and understand this data.

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