AAPACN Responds to CMS’s Comment Request for FY 2023 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA and Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP The annual rulemaking process enables stakeholders to comment on proposals that will affect skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) throughout the next year. In early April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2023 …

Advocacy Update: AAPACN responds to proposed rule on the FY23 SNF PPS and mandatory minimum staffing level

As a member of AAPACN, your concerns, opinions, and voice are represented by the association at a national level by AAPACN’s participation in nursing and healthcare coalitions, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) technical expert panels (TEPs), and responses to CMS regarding guidelines and regulatory issues. This week, AAPACN …

TIP: CMS Asking for Comments on New SNF PPS Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Fiscal Year 2023 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Proposed Rule earlier this month. CMS notes that this proposed rule would update “Payment rates; forecast error adjustment; diagnosis code mappings; the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) parity adjustment, …

Long-Term Care Needs DNSs to Step Up and Advocate: How to Get Started

Directors of nursing services (DNSs) and other nurse managers in nursing homes may at times feel powerless in the face of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the ongoing staffing crisis, and years of changing priorities and chronic funding failures at both the federal and state levels. However, DNSs can …

TIP: AAPACN Curriculum Development Specialist, Denise Winzeler, Contributed to CDC White Paper with LTC/PAC Workgroup

The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) is a federal advisory committee chartered to provide advice and guidance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the practice of infection control and strategies for surveillance, …

AAPACN Joins Other Healthcare Associations Urging Congress to Support the “SAFE TO WORK Act”

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.” These crucial protections would safeguard healthcare workers, providers, and facilities, as well as businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions against unfair lawsuits …

Advocating for Change: ICD-10 Mapping, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Decreases, and COVID-19

Rulemaking is the result of an extensive process. First, CMS proposes a change and allows for a comment period. After reviewing the submitted comments, CMS publishes the final rule. As a professional association, the American Association of Post-Acute Nursing (AAPACN) represents our members through collaboration and advocacy during this process. …

AAPACN CEO Attends NASEM Town Hall to Discuss Future of Nursing

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) hosted a Town Hall meeting in Chicago, IL on Friday, June 7 as part of the Future of Nursing: 2020-2030 project. The Future of Nursing project aims to “chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a …