Nurse Practitioners provide holistic, comprehensive health care within their area of specialization and can:
Evaluate an individual’s health by taking a history, performing a physical examination, and ordering and interpreting results from laboratory and diagnostic tests/procedures
Diagnose health and medical conditions by reviewing all available health information, and applying advanced clinical decision making skills
Manage health problems by developing an individualized plan of care, prescribing medications or treatments, obtaining consultations and referrals and coordinating health care services
Promote health by ordering screenings, prescribing preventive therapies (immunizations, life-style changes such as weight loss, smoking cessation, etc.) and teaching and counseling
Collaborate with patients, families, and other health care providers to optimize the health care plan to the individual needs
Insurance Does Cover Nurse Practitioner Fees
Many insurance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies pay for health services provided by Nurse practitioners.