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The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) represents more than 15,000 post-acute care nurses and professionals working in more than 5,175 facilities. Dedicated to supporting PAC nurses and healthcare professionals in providing quality care, AAPACN offers members best in-class education, certification, resources, and strong collaborative communities.

Latest From AAPACN and the Field

  • Five-Star Help Line Open May 23 – 27
    The Five Star Preview Reports are available as of May 16, 2022. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting …
  • CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers UPDATED (5/22)
    The CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers provides information and instructions pertaining to the CASPER Reporting application. This system enables users to connect electronically to the National Reporting Database. This guide is intended for …
  • Updated MDS Item Set Proposed for FY 2024
    The last MDS item set update nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) had to prepare for was v1.17.1. When it went into effect Oct. 1, 2019, that version provided the changes needed to implement the Patient-Driven Payment …
  • Coding Malnutrition and Morbid Obesity on the MDS: Two Core Rules Must Be Followed
    The most common mistake that nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) and other MDS assessors make when coding malnutrition, at risk for malnutrition, or morbid obesity on the MDS is being unaware that a dietitian cannot diagnose …
  • Nurse Leaders, You Make a Noticeable Difference
    Nurse leaders are essential to any long-term and post-acute care facility. These nurses fearlessly take responsibility for the success of their team and for quality resident care delivery. They spearhead the nursing department, overcoming obstacles …
  • Family Reluctance for Hospice: Keys to Overcoming Stigmas
    “When does Mom get the black pill?” Families sometimes ask hospice providers this type of question—mistakenly thinking that hospice is a form of assisted suicide—even though hospice services were introduced in the United States more …
  • Becoming a Fiscally Savvy DNS – Part 1: Expenses
    When I was in my first DNS role, I remember looking at the budget that the administrator put in front of me and thinking it looked like a foreign language. I told the administrator, “I …
  • NACs, We Celebrate YOU! Happy NAC Day!
    Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) have a vital role in any long-term and post-acute care facility. These nurses are the backbone of reimbursement, and they take charge of resident assessment and ensuring quality of care for …
  • NETEC Podcast and Resources: Staff Resiliency in Long Term Care (5/22)
    Dr. Natalie Manley, assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joins NETEC’s Dr. Vanessa Raabe to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on …
  • CMS COVID-19 Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit UPDATED (5/22)
    Toolkit for States to Mitigate COVID-19 in Nursing Homes (PDF) UPDATED (5/6/22) From https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

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