Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Medical Center is one of five U.S. hospitals selected to participate in a four-year, $200 million initiative to help meet the rising need for primary care practitioners. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative will focus on training advanced practice nurses.
In Arizona, the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration will support the clinical training of more than 400 nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Training will be provided at Scottsdale Healthcare in partnership with nursing schools at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University, and community-based care organizations representing more than 30 healthcare settings across the state.
Growing the ranks of APNs is an important way to make healthcare more accessible and address Arizonas shortage of primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses, Peggy Reiley, RN, PhD, Scottsdale Healthcare senior vice president and chief clinical officer, said in a news release. “Were proud to partner with Arizonas leading nursing schools in this first-of-its-kind collaboration to help increase access to quality healthcare for all Arizonans,” Reiley said in the release.
Payments to the participating hospitals will be linked directly to the number of additional APRNs the hospitals and their partners are able to train as a result of their participation in the demonstration, the HHS reported.
Funding for the demonstration is provided through four years by HHSs Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center.
Other hospitals that received funding include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital, Houston.
For more on the demonstration, visit www.Innovations.cms.gov/Initiatives/GNE.