Alberta Health and Wellness announces Registered Psychiatric Nurses can apply
for Practitioner identification number.
Effective October 1, 2009, Community Psychiatric Nurses may refer patients
directly to Psychiatrists for consultations in the form of a verbal or written
communication (fax, email and letter). The Psychiatrist will then do a patient
history, an evaluation and review of diagnostic data and provide a written
opinion with recommendations regarding treatment to the referring Community
Psychiatric Nurse. Community Psychiatric Nurses will not receive payment from
AHW for referring their patients to Psychiatrists; this process will enhance
patient care, improve access and provide continuity of care. It will also enable
the Psychiatrists to receive payment at a referral rate.
In order for Psychiatrists to receive payment for claims referred from
Community Psychiatric Nurses they must submit the claim with the Practitioner
Identification Number (PRAC ID) of the referring Community Psychiatric Nurse.
Community Psychiatric Nurses must register with AHW for a PRAC ID number if
they wish to make direct referrals and have the Psychiatrist receive payment for
claims referred by them.
If you have any questions please call Alberta
Health & Wellness, at 780.422.1522 or toll free in Alberta at 310.0000 then
Practitioner Information Form AHC0912