Prepare for a Collaboration with Therapy Using SBAR

Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual states that every resident must receive treatment and care to promote the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. This optimal treatment and care requires collaboration. When the nursing department involves therapy in discussions about changes in residents’ conditions, they can improve resident …

MDS Coding Criteria for Restorative Nursing Programs

Restorative nursing programs must meet specific criteria to code on the MDS. Failure to meet these criteria will result in inability to capture restorative nursing on the MDS. Nurse assessment coordinators can use the MDS Coding Criteria for Restorative Nursing Programs tool to audit documentation and provide education to nurses …

Documentation Template: Isolation for Active Infectious Disease

The strict coding criteria for O0110M1, Isolation or quarantine for active infectious disease, requires precise documentation to support the MDS. AAPACN’s new Documentation Template: Isolation for Active Infectious Disease tool can help nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) educate nurses on the key areas of required documentation for residents in isolation. Want …

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 …

AAPACN’s Nursing Department Culture Assessment and Improvement Worksheet

To improve staff retention, the director of nursing services (DNS) and administrator should regularly assess the nursing department’s culture. AAPACN’s Nursing Department Culture Assessment and Improvement Worksheet can help the DNS and administrator review multiple areas of their department’s culture that they have observed and adjust where needed. This tool …

2024 Five-Star and Care Compare MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Data Periods

Care Compare refreshes MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) data quarterly in January, April, July, and October with the most recent four full quarters of data. AAPACN’s 2024 Five-Star and Care Compare MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Data Periods tool identifies exactly which quarters will be publicly reported and used in Five-Star …

PDPM At-a-Glance Tool

The PDPM At-a-Glance tool breaks down the complex methodology of each component used in the Patient-Driven Payment Model—physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), speech-language pathology (SLP), non-therapy ancillaries (NTA), and nursing. This tool provides key payment information organized to provide the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) with quick access to understanding …