Five Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining MDS Coordinators

Written by Michael Daniels, RN, DNS-CT, QCP, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA All one needs to do is peruse the long-term care (LTC)/skilled nursing facility (SNF) job openings online for a few minutes to realize that something is amiss. Frenzied healthcare staffing recruiters seem to crawl from the woodwork as they compete to …

SNFs, Are You Ready for the October 24 Survey Changes?

On Oct. 24, 2022, surveyors will begin using new survey guidance to identify noncompliance with QAPI, trauma-informed care, and resident safety, including abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Skilled nursing facility (SNF) leaders should be in the process of reviewing and updating their systems and processes to maintain compliance. To ensure SNFs …

CMS Releases Draft MDS 3.0 Nursing Home Comprehensive (NC) Item Set – How Can Nursing Homes Start Preparing for the Changes?

On Sept. 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft MDS 3.0 Nursing Home Comprehensive (NC) Item Set, version 1.18.11, which is scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2023. Among the major changes seen in the new item set, CMS removed section G from the …

4 Tips for Surviving the Mental Load of the NAC’s Job

The nurse assessment coordinator’s (NAC’s) job is mentally taxing. There is so much to keep track of—assessment reference dates, when to complete an interim payment assessment, how the case-mix adjusted components impact the Patient-Driven Payment Model and reimbursement, how to code every section of the MDS, when to deliver beneficiary …

Burnout: How Can Nurse Leadership Help?

By Melanie Tribe-Scott, BSN, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP                        The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address the health worker burnout crisis across the country (Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, 2022). In a press release, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated …

Am I Ready to Take the Resident Assessment Coordinator – Certified (RAC-CT™) Certification?

If you’ve been a nurse assessment coordinator for some time now, you may be asking yourself, “Am I ready to take the RAC-CT certification?” To help answer that question, the experts at the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) put together a list of questions for you to evaluate …

How Do I Know If I’m Ready for the Director of Nursing Services – Certified (DNS-CT) Certification?

Nursing certification is a valuable asset to improve your career and your facility’s performance. Are you a director of nursing services (DNS) ready to take your skills and knowledge to the next level with the Directors of Nursing Services—Certified (DNS-CT) certification? To help answer that question, the experts at the …

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 and accepting challenges daily—whether it’s deciphering new regulations, dealing with difficult situations, problem solving for …

Celebrating Nursing and Healthcare Excellence

National Nurses Week begins next Friday, May 6. Throughout the week, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) will celebrate nurses and other healthcare professionals working in long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC). In today’s Leading in Care Blog, meet three outstanding LTPAC leaders, the winners of the AAPACN 2022 …