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Nurse Practitioner's Business Practice and Legal Guide, Sixth Edition

Author(s): Carolyn Buppert, JD, MSN, Attorney, Boulder, Colorado
  • ISBN-13: 9781284117165
  • Hardcover    516 pages      © 2018
Price: $125.95 US List
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Awarded Second Place in the 2017 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Advanced Practice Nursing!

Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide, Sixth Edition is a must-have resource for every new or current nurse practitioner (NP) that explains and analyzes the legal issues relevant to nurse practitioners. Completely updated and revised, it includes a new chapter on answering frequently asked questions from NPs. In addition, it provides the latest state-by-state laws, including regulatory developments and prosecutions of nurse practitioners, and new case analyses and lessons learned from those cases.

The Sixth Edition also offers new discussions of NP competencies, how the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree relates to NPs, the differences in primary care and acute care NPs, definitions of medical bio-ethics terminology, additional malpractice cases and the lessons to learn from them, emerging issues in health policy, guidelines around prescribing opioids and controlled drugs, clinical performance measures, electronic health records, and new opportunities for NPs under the Affordable Care Act.

What’s more, it addresses emerging health law issues with analysis of key cases, including:

  • Examples regarding trouble over NPs and kickbacks
  • Stark Law compliance issues and related criminal cases involving nurse practitioners who are employed by hospitals
  • Nurse practitioners who have encountered issues with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • An attempted work around for the Medicare requirement that a physician order home care resulting in an NP using a physician's name to order home care and then being prosecuted for identity theft
  • An NP and physician who did not follow Medicare's incident-to rules and both the NP and MD were charged with health care fraud
  • Criminal cases against NPs who prescribed opioids or steroids either without authorization or without appropriate evaluation and monitoring

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Transition to Practice, Legal and Professional Issues

Chapter  1  What Is a Nurse Practitioner?
Chapter  2  Legal Scope of Nurse Practitioner Practice
Chapter  3  State Regulation of Nurse Practitioner Practice
Chapter  4  Federal Regulation of the Nurse Practitioner Profession
Chapter  5  Prescribing
Chapter  6  Hospital Privileges
Chapter  7  Negligence and Malpractice
Chapter  8  Risk Management
Chapter  9  Reimbursement for Nurse Practitioner Services
Chapter  10  The Employed Nurse Practitioner
Chapter  11  Practice Ownership: Legal and Business Considerations for the Nurse Practitioner Owner
Chapter  12  Lawmaking and Health Policy
Chapter  13  Promoting the Profession to the Public
Chapter  14  Standards of Care for Nurse Practitioner Practice
Chapter  15  Measuring Nurse Practitioner Performance
Chapter  16  Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
Chapter  17  Strategies For Nurse Practitioners
Chapter  18  Frequently Asked Questions From NPs, Answered

Carolyn Buppert, JD, MSN-Attorney, Boulder, Colorado

Carolyn Buppert, JD, MSN, is an attorney who focuses on the legal issues affecting medical practices and nurse practitioners. She is the author of eight books and an instructional CD. Her clients include hospitals, health systems, physician and nurse practitioner practices, a health insurance company, nursing homes, schools of nursing and a certification organization. She is a frequent contributor to The Journal for Nurse Practitioners and Links to her many articles and books can be found on her website, She lectures extensively on avoiding malpractice, negotiating contracts, how to avoid legal pitfalls when prescribing, and how to comply with federal regulations on billing and coding, HIPAA, and hospital relationships with physician practices. She practiced as a nurse practitioner for 16 years before devoting her efforts full time to law. She lives and practices as an attorney in Boulder, CO.

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