Registered nurses in the Philippines can now apply for PhilHealth accreditation to provide basic care packages such as maternity care (MCP), newborn care (NCP) and normal spontaneous delivery (NSD).

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation announced they can now accredit RNs who will qualify to render maternal related packages.

“Once accredited, the nurses will receive payment from PhilHealth for services rendered to members who are availing themselves of the MCP, NCP or NSD packages in accredited birthing homes,” PhilHealth said in a statement.

The new accreditation is based on PhilHealth Circular 2017-0023 signed in December but announced just this January.

To qualify, PhilHealth requires nurses to be licensed practitioners and completed the Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care given by the Department of Health (DOH) institutions.

RNs looking to qualify for accreditation must have at least two years experience working in the delivery room of a level 1 hospital.

They will also have to comply with the provisions set forth in the Performance Commitment they will sign with PhilHealth, and must be active members themselves with qualifying premium contributions before applying.

“The nurses, however, may be affiliated with a maximum of three PhilHealth accredited non-hospital birthing facilities,” noted PhilHealth.

Likewise, accredited RNs can also provide family benefits services - those performed and reimbursed in primary care facilities - like intrauterine device insertion and Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Package as long as appropriate training has been undertaken.

“The move to accredit nurses for the National Health Insurance Program was in recognition of their vital roles in the local health care system,” the agency added.

Relatedly, the Commission on Population (PopCom), an attached agency of the Department of Health (DOH), announced earlier that the country’s population will increase to 107 million by 2018 from 105 million in 2017.

About 1.8 million babies are expected to be added this year, with 206 births every hour.  MIMS