Medicare Funding Model Impacts Nursing Education

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research conducted research on the federal funding of nursing education by Medicare for a report to Congress due in August 1999.

Key Findings

The center produced a 28-page report, Medicare Funding of Nursing Education, which included the following findings:

  • Medicare funding of nursing education has been decreasing as an indirect consequence of other policy decisions.
  • In 1996, hospitals with affiliated diploma nursing programs received 55 percent of Medicare nursing education funding.
  • Just 7 percent of Medicare nursing funding goes to major teaching hospitals affiliated with academic health centers.
  • The geographic distribution of Medicare funding for nursing education is highly uneven, with five states accounting for almost half of the funding.