FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2012
David Allen or Allyson Funk
AARP Applauds New Effort to Produce More Highly Skilled Nurses
Request for proposals another step in bolstering primary care workforce
WASHINGTON—AARP Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard issued the following statement on the CMS Innovations Center recently releasing a request for proposals to implement an initiative to produce more advanced practice nurses (APRNs). The Medicare Graduate Nurse Education demonstration program, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will provide $200 million over four years to create partnerships between hospitals, schools of nursing and community-based providers such as community health centers, and will help to incentivize the production of more highly skilled nurses.
“One of the many challenges impacting the delivery of health care in America is the need for more health care providers. And as the number of Baby Boomers increases daily, our nation needs providers who have the necessary skills to provide the preventive services, early treatment and chronic care management needed by many older patients. Advance practice nurses can help meet this growing need, increase access to and quality of care and help reduce waste and bring down out-of-control health care costs.
“Through the Graduate Nurse Education demonstration program, $200 million in Medicare funding will be made available for graduate nursing education. These funds will equip more APRNs with the clinical skills to help them care for people in Medicare, making the program a substantial advance towards the Institute of Medicine recommendation of producing more highly qualified nurses capable of providing primary care and addressing the nurse faculty shortage.
“AARP applauds this next step in increasing the number of skilled care workers available to treat our nation’s older patients and all health care consumers. We’re also pleased that the solicitation incorporates key design recommendations made by AARP and national nursing organizations that should maximize the workability and utility of this historic demonstration, and look forward to continuing to work to meet the health care needs of all Americans.”
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