CRNP and PA credentialing and reimbursement​​

October 7, 2021

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP) and Physician Assistants (PA) are a vital part of the Independence network of providers. All CRNPs and PAs must be credentialed to provide independent, unsupervised services to Independence members. This allows non-physician practitioners to help meet their patients' health care demands and aligns with CMS and industry standards. We shared updated contracting and credentialing scenarios on May 20, 2021.

If you are not yet credentialed, please visit the Independence Professional Provider Credentialing webpage to review the criteria and apply.

Reimbursement guidelines

Follow these billing guidelines when submitting claims to ensure proper coding and payment:

  • Incident to services. When a credentialed CRNP or PA performs these services, the supervising physician must bill using his or her own NPI and code with the SA modifier (nurse practitioner rendering service in collaboration with a physician).
  • Non-incident to services. The credentialed CRNP or PA who performed the service must bill using his or her own NPI.

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