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AAPACN Press Releases and Advocacy Updates

AAPACN Applauds New HHS Crisis Standards of Care Framework for PALTC Facilities
Sept. 28, 2020 – AAPACN joins HHS and other industry stakeholders in announcing today’s release of “COVID-19: Considerations, Strategies, and Resources for Crisis Standards of Care in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities (PALTC).”

AAPACN Launches Therapy Certificate, Aims to Boost IDT Collaboration
July 31, 2020 – AAPACN releases its first certificate program under the AAPACN brand today. Collaboration in Skilled Nursing
Facilities: A Certificate of Skills in Medicare, MDS, and PDPM for Therapy Professionals is a comprehensive online certificate program developed for the entire SNF therapy team.

AAPACN Joins Other Healthcare Associations Urging Congress to Support the “SAFE TO WORK Act”
July 30, 2020 – AAPACN, along with dozens of healthcare organizations, urge Congress to support the timely, targeted, and temporary liability relief provisions contained in S. 4317, the “SAFE TO WORK Act.” This legislation is critically needed and should be enacted as soon as possible. To that end, we strongly urge you to support the inclusion of these provisions in a Phase IV COVID-19 relief package.

AAPACN Responds to CMS Reopen Guidance, Stresses Urgent Need for More Support
May 20, 2020 – In response to the release of guidelines for the reopening of nursing homes across the country, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), together with state and
local governments, to provide clear guidance, additional clarification, and all necessary resources to support skilled nursing homes and to protect the health and safety of staff and residents.

AAPACN Unveils New Initiative and Resources to Promote the LTPAC Nurse Profession
Feb. 18, 2020 – AAPACN launches a new initiative today to increase awareness of the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) nursing profession among nursing students and other young men and women entering the workforce.

AAPACN Builds on 20 Years of Success and Sets a Course for the Future
Apr. 3, 2019 – Before the largest gathering of nurse assessment coordinators and directors of nursing in their twenty-year history, the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) announced today a new brand and parent organization, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN).

Hicks, Stewart Join AAPACN Executive Team
Feb. 19, 2019 – The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) has added Kim Hicks and Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT to the executive team.

Outstanding Nurse Leaders Recognized
Orlando, FL, April 3, 2019 – During the second day of the unified 2019 American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) Conference held in Orlando, April 3 – 5, the associations will honor two dedicated LTC nursing professionals with the Nurse Assessment Coordinator (NAC) of the Year and the Director of Nursing (DON) of the Year Awards.

Staffing Crisis Hits DONs Hard According to New AADNS Report
Feb. 2, 2019 – The 2019 AADNS Director of Nursing Services Work Study and Salary Report, released today by the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS), a subsidiary association of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), reveals how the nurse staffing crisis is continuing to challenge directors of nursing services (DNSs), impact their job satisfaction, and lead to burn out.

AAPACN In the News

Questions about PDPM, therapy and coding still stirring 3 months out
June 30, 2019 – Both AAPACN President and CEO Tracey Moorhead President and LeadingAge have backed updates to those ICD-10 codes at the sub-regulatory level, which would speed changes. LeadingAge, however, in its comments, requested that CMS roll out updates on a predictable schedule.

Provider Chief Optimistic about PDPM, Despite Worries about Therapy Backlash
Apr. 7, 2019 – The Patient-Drive Payment Model takes effect October 1 but has not been finalized, something that’s creating many anxious stakeholders, including members of the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services and the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.  

20/20 Focus on the Future For Post Acute-Care Leaders
Apr. 5, 2019 – This envisioned future of post-acute care will only strengthen the need for skilled patient assessment and clinical leaders. These leaders will be the backbone of every post-acute care provider organization and will need strong clinical and technical skills for understanding, identifying and coding patient characteristics to justify treatment and ensure appropriate payment.

Therapy’s Value Championed Despite PDPM Kneecapping
Apr. 5, 2019  – It took the better part of an hour to happen, but underlying tensions among professional groups eventually bubbled out Thursday during a discussion about implications of the Patient-Driven Payment Model at the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference.

Profile: Tracey Moorhead is Sprinting to Her Goals
Mar. 7, 2019 – When Tracey Moorhead came of age, she had a goal: become a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service, specializing in Russia.  But when she graduated from George Washington University in 1989, the downfall of the Soviet Union meant she had to pick a new career path.

DON Job Challenges Rise as Shortage of Nurses Continues
Feb. 6, 2019 – A new report shows how nurse staffing shortages are making it increasingly difficult for directors of nursing services (DONs) to do their jobs, which is impacting their overall job satisfaction and causing burnout within the profession. These findings are part of the 2019 AADNS Director of Nursing Services Work Study and Salary Report published by AAPACN.

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