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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

  • TPE Medical Review Prep: Revive These MDS Best Practices
    The general consensus is that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are targeting—more than ever before—skilled nursing facility (SNF) fee-for-service Medicare Part A claims for Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) prepayment medical review. SNFs that undergo TPE audits …
  • Back to Basics: Returning to Pre-Pandemic Medicare Regulatory Compliance
    Since March of 2020, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have relied on two distinct waivers related to technical eligibility for Medicare. Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), temporary changes related to the 3-day qualifying …
  • May 11: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Will End
    President Biden has notified Congress that the PHE will end on May 11, 2023, according to reports from Modern Healthcare, the Washington Post, and other news organizations.
  • CMS Nursing Home Data Sets Updated
    Five-Star, NHQI, SNF QRP, SNF VBP, PBJ data Announcement: January 2023: Data have been refreshed for January 2023. Because of COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures were calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020.  For additional …
  • Five-Star Technical User’s Guide Plus Claims-Based Measures Appendix (Updated)
    CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Nursing Home Compare Web site features a quality rating system that gives each nursing home …
  • SNF Medicare Provider Enrollment, Change of Ownership, and Revalidation Procedures Updated
    The CY 2023 PFS Final Rule contains provisions concerning Medicareprovider enrollment. These principally involve the following: (1) Moving skilled nursingfacilities (SNFs), various provider enrollment ownership changes, and certain other providersand suppliers into the “high” level …
  • How the DNS Can Lead Risk Mitigation for Schizophrenia Diagnoses
    2015—the year that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added antipsychotic medication use quality measures (QMs) to the Five-Star Quality Rating System—marked the beginning of some difficult trends in the potentially inappropriate diagnosis …
  • How to Lead the Team When Everyone is Tired
    With a long-lasting pandemic, staff shortages, increased federal reporting requirements, and survey changes in 2022, and new MDS changes in the year to come, one thing is certain—everyone is tired. Amid all this, the director …
  • Prepare for iQIES to Avoid MDS Submission Failures
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is on target to transition MDS submissions from the current Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) to the cloud-based Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES). “While …
  • NACs Empowered: Tips to Optimize the Resident Interview for MDS Coding
    The nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) is responsible for coordinating the completion of the MDS assessment, a process which depends on the interdisciplinary team (IDT) supplying documentation to support MDS coding. While the IDT’s role in …

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