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CMS Announces Solicitation for Proposals on GNE Demonstration Program

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Press Release
For Immediate Release

CMS Announces the Solicitation for Proposals
on the GNE Demonstration Program

Today, March 21, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the solicitation for proposals for the Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) demonstration program (Sec. 5509). AACN’s CEO Polly Bednash was invited to participate in the public announcement held this morning with Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator for CMS, and Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.  As the only national nursing organization asked to help unveil the call for proposals, AACN was honored to take part in this important announcement along with two of the nation’s most distinguished nursing leaders.  This new investment of federal dollars in the education of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) is a significant development for nursing, and AACN is dedicated to the success of this program.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we’re taking steps to put more advanced practice registered nurses at the forefront of our health care system,” said Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator of CMS, and a nurse. “Better training and support for advanced practice registered nurses will mean higher quality care.”

AACN, along with our colleagues in the APRN community and AARP, have been advocating for the GNE demonstration program since its inception and are pleased  to see the long-awaited solicitation for proposals. This program, created through the Affordable Care Act [Public Law 111-148], is designed to provide reimbursement for the costs associated with the clinical training of APRNs. The primary purpose of the Demonstration is to increase the supply of APRNs in order to provide access to healthcare professional services for the increasing number of Medicare beneficiaries.

As previously communicated, the law stipulates that up to five hospitals or critical access hospitals will be selected for this program. These hospitals must enter a partnership and contract with one or more schools of nursing and two or more non-hospital, community-based care settings. The total amount of available funding for the program is $200 million over a four-year period. In total, $50 million will be available for reimbursement each year. The funding levels awarded will vary by hospital. The reimbursement can only be used for the costs of clinical training for an increased number of APRN enrollments, which are outlined in the solicitation.

To access the solicitation of proposals and find out more about this program, see http://innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/GNE/index.html.

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Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231
rrosseter@aacn.nche.edu