TIP: Center of Excellence for Behavior Health in Nursing Facilities Released SUDs Podcast Series 

The Center of Excellence for Behavior Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF) released a two-part podcast series addressing how to manage substance use disorders (SUDs) in skilled nursing facilities. This AAPACN resource is copyright protected. AAPACN individual members may download or print one copy for use within their facility only. AAPACN …

Tai Chi May Outperform Conventional Exercise in Improving Mobility/Balance in Seniors

Press release from the Marcus Institute on Aging: Findings based on 12 studies involving 2,901 participants While tai chi is understood to be beneficial for functional mobility and balance in older adults, such benefits are not well understood due to large variance in research study protocols and observations. Now, a …

CDC HCP Influenza Vaccination Data for SNFs 2022 – 2023

Skilled Nursing Facilities   Pooled proportion of healthcare personnel reported as vaccinated in Skilled Nursing Facilities reporting to NHSN, by personnel group and state, 2022-2023 influenza season. From https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/datastat/flu-datatables.html

CDC NHSN HCP & Resident Vaccination Module

Long-term care facilities can track weekly vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. February 2024 Updates Resources January 2024 Updates Training Data Collection Forms and Instructions COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collections Forms Note: All data collection forms are print-only. Weekly Vaccination Summary Data – CSV Data Import Instructions …

AHRQ Report: Deprescribing To Reduce Medication Harms in Older Adults

Main Points Deprescribing has emerged as a clinical practice to reduce polypharmacy and use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and serve as a mechanism for quality improvement and increased patient safety. The purpose of this rapid response is to summarize recent literature on the use of deprescribing to improve the …

HHS Final Rule to Enhance Integrated Care and Confidentiality for Patients with Substance Use Conditions

On Feb. 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), finalized modifications to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records regulations at 42 CFR part 2 (“Part 2”), which …

Management of Resident Behavioral Health Needs in Long-Term Care

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, chief nursing officer for AAPACN, and Jacob Berelowitz, LNHA, LMSW, CPHQ, CCM, program director for the Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF), discuss resident behavioral health management—what it is, the benefits of this approach, how …

TIP: University of Kansas is Recruiting for Participants in NIA-Funded Research Study

The University of Kansas is recruiting for participants in NIA-funded research study testing the Changing Talk: Online Training (CHATO). This free study provides direct-care staff with 3.0 contact hours of dementia training. Benefits to facilities, staff, and residents include: Find more information on how to participate here. This AAPACN resource …

Infection Prevention and Control: How to Finetune Whole-House Staff Education

In calendar year (CY) 2023, F880 (Infection Prevention and Control) was the third most frequently cited F-tag in nursing homes nationwide, as well as the fifth most common at the immediate jeopardy (IJ) level, according to QCOR data accessed on Jan. 16, 2024. That is an improvement over CY 2022, …

Reducing Post-Discharge Hospital Readmissions: Set Up the Resident for Success

Like in-house hospital readmissions, post-discharge hospital readmissions can affect provider performance in the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program (SNF VBP), says Carol Hill, MSN, RN, LNHA, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, CPC, president of Hill Educational Services in Warrior, AL. “With the Skilled Nursing Facility 30 Day All-Cause Readmission Measure …