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Can a Midwife Sign a Therapy Plan of Care

by • June 4, 2018 • 6 Comments

A question I get every so often is can a midwife sign a plan of care for a Medicare beneficiary attending outpatient therapy services. In addition, what professionals can sign an outpatient therapy plan of care? In this article, I will answer both of these questions.

Midwifery education programs leading to the certified nurse midwife (CNM) and certified midwife (CM) credentials involve graduate education. Most programs require a Bachelors Degree for entry, but some will accept Registered Nurses (RNs) without a Bachelors Degree, providing a bridge program to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prior to the midwifery portion of the program. Some programs leading to the CNM credential require a BSN prior to entry, but many will accept an individual who has a Bachelors Degree but is not an RN, and will provide an accelerated nursing education prior to the midwifery portion of the program. Programs leading to the CM credential require a Bachelors Degree and specific health and science courses prior to entry.

So now, lets answer the question of can a midwife sign a plan of care for a Medicare beneficiary attending outpatient therapy services? The answer is

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6 thoughts on “Can a Midwife Sign a Therapy Plan of Care”

  1. Becky Edson says:

    Does Medicare part B allow Dentists to refer to Physical Therapy for treatment of TMJ issues?

  2. JOANNE FINK says:

    What about the Chiropractors?

  3. Debra Combs says:

    Are Midwives allowed to refer Patients to PT if they are non- Medicare?

    1. Rick Gawenda says:

      Since most midwifes are a nurse and most insurance carriers and state therapy practice acts do not allow nurses to refer for therapy services, I would say no. As always, it’s your responsibility to know who you can accept referrals from for outpatient therapy services.

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