Hospitals Working with Nurses to Receive Up to $200 Million for Advanced Training: CMS

Hospitals working with nursing schools to train advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can receive payments of up to $200 million over four years to cover the costs of APRNs’ clinical training if selected, according to CMS.

CMS is currently calling for applications for the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration program, which is designed to strengthen the primary care workforce. Up to five eligible hospitals will be selected to participate in the demonstration, which is expected to run for four years.

The demonstration requires that half of clinical training occur in non-hospital settings in the community. Most clinical training in large hospitals already includes some rotations in settings that treat minority and underserved populations; however, this demonstration sets a higher requirement for training in non-hospital community-based settings. Students receiving training funded by the demonstration will be encouraged to practice in non-hospital community-based settings, including underserved areas.

According to CMS officials, APRNs, whether they are nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, or nurse midwives, play a pivotal role in primary care. This new initiative will provide funds to eligible hospitals to increase the availability of clinical training settings to bolster the skills and supply of APRNs. Payments to the participating hospitals will be linked directly to the number of additional APRNs that the hospitals and their partnering entities are able to train as a result of their participation in the demonstration.

Source: CMS, March 21, 2012

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