Have You Recognized This Key Member of the Care Team?

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are important members of the long-term care team. However, sometimes they aren’t appreciated or recognized enough for the work that they do. This blog will discuss the impact of CNAs and how their role is crucial as the work alongside nurses, as well as some ways …

The Art of Delegation for the Director of Nursing Services: Safe Practices and Strategies to Overcome Common Challenges

The role of the director of nursing services (DNS) in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can be stressful due to the number of competing priorities in each day. Delegation, when done properly, can help relieve some stressors while ensuring tasks are completed. In contrast, failure to delegate can lead to …

AAPACN 2024 Conference: What to Expect and What’s New

It’s that time of year again! The AAPACN 2024 Conference will be held this year in Hollywood, FL, on April 10 – 13. AAPACN is excited to gather to celebrate outstanding post-acute care professionals, meet face-to-face with AAPACN members, and host exceptional learning opportunities with highly anticipated speakers and solution …

Top 5 AAPACN Leading in Care Blogs of 2023

In 2023, the AAPACN Leading in Care Blog brought you inspiration, personal member stories, clarification on need-to-know topics such as the iQIES transition, Quality Measures, and MDS updates, as well as details about important events and resources for long-term care. Revisit the most popular posts on the AAPACN Leading in …

LTC Facilities Should Track MDS Assessment and Software Issues for Quality Assurance

Since the implementation of the RAI User’s Manual version 1.18.11 on Oct. 1, 2023, several long-term care nursing facilities have experienced electronic health record (EHR) software issues as well as complications with the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), impacting many MDS …

The Physician and “I”: Part 1 on Diagnoses and MDS Coding Relationships

Written by Michelle Olear, RHIT, BSN Director of Documentation Analysis and Professional Coding Services Minimum Data Set Consultants, LLC  The physician’s role in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) is essential to delivering skilled, quality care for skilled and long-term care residents. Physicians are the facility’s lead in providing clinical decision-making and properly …