Medicare Medical Review Contractors Overview

Since the Medicare program is heavily monitored for improper payments to protect the Medicare Trust Fund, it is likely your facility will experience a medical review by a Medicare contractor. The AAPACN Medicare Medical Review Contractors Overview tool provides a summary of the different types of Medicare contractors that may …

Substantive Changes to the Draft MDS Nursing Home Item Sets

On Dec. 23, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated draft of the MDS Nursing Home Comprehensive (NC) Item Set version 1.18.11. Nursing homes will be required to implement the new item sets—with their many changes—beginning Oct. 1, 2023, as finalized in the Fiscal Year …

Medical Record Alert Sheet

While completing MDS assessments, nurse assessment coordinators can monitor for regulatory compliance during the chart review. If compliance issues arise, leadership should be notified to correct them. NACs can utilize AAPACN’s Medical Record Alert Sheet to communicate compliance issues identified during the MDS/RAI process to clinical leadership, the administrator, or …

Bed Safety Guide

It is important that a resident’s bed is in good working condition to maintain safety and provide the highest quality of care for the resident. Utilize AAPACN’S Bed Safety Guide to ensure each bed in the facility is in good working condition. For permission to use or reproduce this tool …

Preparing for Section G Retirement: Care Plan Updates

CMS has announced the retirement of section G, activities of daily living with the MDS item set version 1.18.11, which goes into effect Oct. 1, 2023. To prepare for this change, nurse assessment coordinators can begin to update care plans. Rather than utilizing section G-specific terminology, care plans should be …

MDS 3.0 Final Validation Reports Quick Facts and Resources

Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) are responsible for the coordination and completion of the MDS assessments, however, to ensure these assessments are accepted without error into the National Submissions Database the Final Validation Report must also be reviewed. The AAPACN tool MDS 3.0 Final Validation Reports Quicks Facts and Resources will …

SAMPLE Task List for the Nurse Assessment Coordinator (NAC)

The new nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) may be overwhelmed with the numerous tasks required of the position. To ease some of this burden, AAPACN developed the Sample Task List for the Nurse Assessment Coordinator tool to assist the new NAC in organizing key daily and weekly tasks to manage the …

Laboratory Test Tool

AAPACN’s Laboratory Test Tool provides useful knowledge to nurses regarding the most widely ordered laboratory tests. Areas of knowledge include components of each test, reasons the physician may order the laboratory test, if the resident needs to be fasting for the test, and items that should be reported to the …