The Case for Utilizing RNs in Medicare Annual Wellness Visits

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Abstract

RNs in ambulatory practice must expand their role to assist primary care physicians meet the growing demands of the aging American population. This article explores the benefits of RNs performing annual wellness visits (AWVs) for Medicare patients. Having RNs conduct AWVs can decrease the workload of primary care providers, improve patient outcomes, contribute to the revenue of the practice, and elevate nursing standards in the ambulatory setting.

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