​Important information! CRNP contracting and credentialing

September 17, 2019

Certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) provide health care to all age groups of patients based on their training. For example, CRNPs perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations, diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries, provide immunizations and education, and manage high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic health problems. CRNPs can order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, EKGs, and laboratory tests. They can also prescribe medications and therapies and can perform certain procedures (based on state/national practice guidelines). 

Contracting and credentialing requirements

A CRNP must meet all of the requirements of Independence's credentialing criteria and have a collaborative agreement with a participating physician who holds a current and unrestricted license. The training and scope of practice of the collaborating physician must be consistent with the practice of the CRNP.

The agreement must comply with current applicable state and federal regulations.

Contracting and credentialing scenarios

CRNPs are only permitted to be contracted and credentialed with Independence under the following scenarios:

ScenarioAllowed/Not allowedNotes

Physician PCP office


CRNPs bill under their own National Provider Identifier (NPI) number unless service meets “incident to” guidelines (physician does not need to be in the office for CRNP to see members).

CRNP-only PCP office (no physician present)


CRNPs must have a collaborative physician agreement.

Physician specialist office


CRNPs bill under their own NPI number unless it meets “incident to” guidelines.

A physician must be present in the office for at least 75 percent of the hours in which the office is scheduling patients for a CRNP to be contracted and credentialed with Independence.

CRNP-only specialist office

Not allowed


CRNP-only hospital or nursing home practice

Not allowed


Learn more

More information about our credentialing process can be found on our Professional Provider Credentialing webpage.


The information in this article has also been added to our Updated credentialing requirements and reimbursement position for CRNPs and PAs (FAQ), which can also be found in the Frequently Asked Questions archive on Independence NaviNet® web portal (NaviNet Open) Plan Central or in the Quick Links menu on the right-hand side of this page. Note: The FAQ will be updated as more information becomes available.


As a reminder, as of June 1, 2019, Independence updated the following policies on reimbursing CRNPs:

  • Commercial: #00.10.40c: Incident To and Non-Incident To Services Performed by Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs)
  • Medicare Advantage: #MA00.045c: Incident To and Non-Incident To Services Performed by Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs)

To view these policies, visit our Medical Policy Portal.

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