Nursing & Healthcare News
NPs and Workers’ Compensation
H.R.6087 would expand coverage of nurse practitioner care for federal workers
The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would increase nurse practitioners’ ability to provide primary care for federal workers hurt on the job.
NPs Excluded Under Present Law
Although many federal healthcare programs now allow nurse practitioners to participate as primary care providers, one exception is the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) Program, which pays for treatment and rehabilitation for federal workers who suffer workplace injuries.
The FECA Program is designed to allow beneficiaries to seek care from their own primary care providers. However, under present law, only physicians can certify a work-related injury and prescribe treatment.