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CMS plans advanced-practice nursing demo

By Jessica Zigmond
Posted: March 21, 2012 - 12:45 pm ET

Hospitals that want to train and develop advanced-practice nurses have two months to apply for a new demonstration project, the CMS announced Wednesday.

Authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—which Congress passed two years ago today—the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration will select up to five hospitals that must partner with nursing schools and non-hospital, community-based settings to provide clinical training to advanced-practice registered nurses, including nurse practitioners, clinical-nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists or nurse midwives.

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There is a total of $200 million available for the four-year demonstration, and the CMS will calculate payments on a per-student basis. Those payments will be tied directly to the number of additional advanced-practice registered nurses that the hospitals and their partner organizations train as a result of the demonstration. The agency expects to start making payments to the participating hospitals this year.

During a call with reporters Wednesday, acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the program requires that half of the training be conducted outside of a hospital setting. To participate, hospitals must work with two or more community-based settings, such as rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers. Hospitals have until May 21 to submit an application.

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