ACGME says it will transform medical residency programs

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced major changes in how medical residency programs will be accredited, starting in 2014. Residents and fellows must demonstrate competency in six core areas; teaching institutions must publish the specific learning outcomes residents need to demonstrate as they progress through training; and every six months institutions must document how residents are meeting benchmarks. Visit www.acgme-nas.org.

Program will identify effective primary care workforce practices

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute launched a national program to identify primary care workforce models that maximize access to services. The project will study up to 30 high-functioning primary care practices. RWJF will fund the project through June 2014. Visit www.rwjf.org.

New Action Coalitions named

Twelve new collaborations were designated Action Coalitions by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative to ensure quality, patient-centered care. Action Coalitions already were in place in 36 states. Among their achievements: Texas collaborates with nursing educators to adopt a common menu of core required classes; and in Virginia, 40 nurses younger than 40 are mentored for leadership roles. Visit www.thefutureofnursing.org.

Advanced practice nurse program

Hospitals can apply through May 21 to partner with nursing schools and community-based care settings to train advanced practice nursing students under the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said. Up to five hospitals will receive reimbursement to train clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse-midwives. Visit www.cms.gov.