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$250 million marked for primary-care training


By Joe Carlson
Posted: June 16, 2010 - 3:00 pm ET
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Hospitals, academic medical centers and schools that educate primary-care doctors and allied professionals can apply for $250 million in new grants that were announced Wednesday through the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a conference call that the grants will constitute half of the $500 million fund created by the healthcare reform law.

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Roughly 1,700 new primary-care doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners would be trained through 2015 using the grant funding. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) sought to portray the healthcare reform law also as a jobs bill, citing the new health professionals who would receive training.

Most of the grants will benefit doctors: $168 million will go to 105 eligible hospitals and schools that train primary-care physicians. Another $32 million will go to 40 programs that train physician assistants, and $30 million will go to 40 schools or hospitals that train nurse practitioners. About $15 million will go to support 10 existing nurse-managed community-care clinics, and $5 million will go to state outreach efforts.

An HHS spokesman said guidance detailing how organizations can apply for the funding would be published shortly at www.grants.gov.

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