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.
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.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $325,714 in funding from October 1998 through March 2001 to support the project.