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AAPACN Podcasts

AAPACN Podcasts – LTC DON Chat and LTC NAC Chat – offer tips, tricks, updates, advice, and breaking news on the most important topics in post-acute care. Our regular hosts and AAPACN staff members bring you their own take on updates and regulations and will also interview well-known experts in the field to provide you with multiple perspectives and expertise.


  • Drug Diversion with Lisa Morris
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN speaks with Lisa Morris, RPh, BCGP, FASCP, executive director of clinical services for Consana, about drug diversion in the nursing home including how to investigate, …
  • FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule Highlights with Jessie McGill
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy, and AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, talk about the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System – (SNF PPS) Fiscal year 2022 Final …
  • Clarifying Publicly Reported Claims-Based Quality Measures with Pat Newberry
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MT, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy talks about quality measures for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with Pat Newberry. Specifically, they address the differences between the SNF QRP and Five Star measures, and clarifications …
  • Summer Heat and Care Planning
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MT, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discuss heat-related risks to residents, what to consider when care planning, as well as the impacts that heat- and exposure-related …
  • The Art of Interviewing Potential Candidates for Employment with Sherry Thomas
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MT, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy discusses the art of interviewing potential employees with Sherry Thomas, BS, RN, QCP, IPCO, director of clinical services at LeaderStat.
  • What Does the Consultant Pharmacist Wish the DNS Knew with Lisa Morris
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MT, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy talks with Lisa Morris, RPh, BCGP, FASCP, a consultant pharmacist and Chair of the Board of Directors at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), about …
  • Jane Belt’s Thoughts to Leave You With
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, announces the retirement of Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, curriculum development specialist for AAPACN and captures Jane’s insights over 52 years of nursing experience.
  • FY 2022 SNF PPS Proposed Rule Highlights with Jessie McGill
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN discusses some of the highlights of the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule for fiscal year 2022 with Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, …
  • A Conversation about Infection Prevention and Control with Dr. Deb Patterson Burdsall
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, Vice President of Education and Certification Strategy for AAPACN and Dr. Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC with APIC, APIC Consulting, and the Illinois Department of Health, discuss infection control citations, the role …
  • Make Time for PEPPER Reports
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN discusses the importance of PEPPER with Liz Barlow, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, AVP clinical innovation for Paragon Rehabilitation, and why NACs should make time to …
  • The Importance of Investigations with Denise Winzeler
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MT, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy and Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-CT, QCP, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, discuss why it’s important to do thorough investigations, what happens when one is not …
  • A Discussion about Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) with Michelle Karl
    In this podcast, Kim Hicks, vice president of business development with AAPACN talks with Michelle Karl, LVN, BSHA, MBA-HC, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, clinical sales engineer with ABILITY Network, an AAPACN Diamond Partner and our 2021 Premier Conference Sponsor, about quality assurance and performance improvement—specifically, in relation …
  • COVID-19: What’s Next and What to Expect with Dr. David Gifford
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, Vice President of Education and Certification Strategy for AAPACN, discusses the future of COVID-19 and what healthcare professionals can expect to see happen in the coming months with Dr. David Gifford, MD, MPH, Chief …
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures: Episode 008 – Physically Restrained and Behavior Symptoms
    In this eighth and final episode of the Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures podcast series, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses two long-stay measures, Percent of Residents Who were Physically Restrained and Prevalence of Behavior Symptoms Affecting Others. Don’t …
  • The Freeze on SNF QRP Quality Measures with Michelle Karl
    In this podcast, Kim Hicks, vice president of business development with AAPACN talks with Michelle Karl, LVN, BSHA, MBA-HC, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, clinical sales engineer with ABILITY Network, an AAPACN Diamond Partner and our 2021 Premier Conference Sponsor, about the freeze on the Skilled Nursing Facility …
  • Infection Control with Laurie Laxton
    In this podcast, Kim Hicks, vice president of business development for AAPACN talks with Laurie Laxton, RN, BSN, CCFA, RAC-CT, IP-BC, an infection prevention expert and senior clinical educator with ABILITY Network, an AAPACN Diamond Partner and our 2021 Premier Conference Sponsor, about how often …
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures Series: Episode 007 – Lose Too Much Weight, Have Depressive Symptoms, and Made Improvements in Function
    In this seventh episode of the Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures podcast series, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses three measures – two long-stay measures, Percent of Residents Who Lose Too Much Weight and Percent of Residents …
  • Updated Five-Star Users’ Manual Highlights with Jane Belt
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, talks with AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, about the recent changes to the Five-Star Users’ Manual and why your stars may have changed with the …
  • Tips for the New DNS: What I Wish I Knew When I Was New
    In this podcast, Amy Stewart, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN talks with Betsy Hardy, director of nursing at Julia Temple Healthcare Center in Englewood, CO, and asks about some of her insights she knows today as a seasoned director of nursing …
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures Series: Episode 006 – UTI, Indwelling Catheter, and Lose Control of Bowel or Bladder
    In this sixth episode of the Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures podcast series, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses three measures—the percent of residents with urinary tract infections, percent of residents who have or had a catheter inserted and …
  • A Conversation about the COVID-19 Vaccines with Dr. Leslie Eber, MD
    In this podcast, Vice President of Education and Certification Strategy for AAPACN, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses some concerns and tips for nurse leaders about how to increase staff confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines with Dr. Leslie Eber, MD, a member …
  • Tips for the New Director of Nursing Services (DNS)
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, shares some insights and tips for new directors of nursing services (DNSs).
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures Series: Episode 005 – Antianxiety and Hypnotic Medications
    In this fifth episode of the Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures podcast series, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses two long-stay antianxiety/hypnotic medication MDS 3.0 Quality Measures—the Prevalence of Antianxiety/Hypnotic Use and the Percent of Residents Who …
  • Tips to Boost Staff and Resident Morale During the 2020 Holiday Season
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses how the director of nursing services (DNS) can boost morale for both residents and staff during the 2020 holiday season.
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures Series: Episode 004 – Antipsychotic Medication-Related Quality Measures
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, will discuss two antipsychotic medication-related measures, the short-stay measure—Percent of Residents Who Newly Received an Antipsychotic Medication, and the long-stay measure—Percent of Residents Who Received an Antipsychotic Medication. McGill will discuss the rationale, …
  • Presenting Evidence of Compliance to a Surveyor
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses tips the director of nursing services (DNS) can use to remain calm and present compelling evidence of compliance to a surveyor.
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures Series: Episode 003 – Help for Daily Activities Increased and Ability to Move Worsened
    In this third episode of the Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures podcast series, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses two more long stay measures, Percent of Residents Whose Need for Help with Activities of Daily Living Has …
  • Nursing Home Visitation: New CMS Guidelines
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-CT, QCP will discuss the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes’ recommendations and the new guidelines for visitation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures: Episode 002 – Pressure Ulcers
    For the second podcast in this series, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses two pressure ulcer-related Quality Measures, the short-stay measure—Percent of Residents with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened, and the long-stay measure—Percent of High Risk/Unstageable Pressure Ulcers. McGill …
  • Flu Season Preparedness
    In this podcast, Denise Winzeler, RN, BSN, LNHA, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, discusses four key areas directors of nursing services (DNSs) can focus on now to prepare for the upcoming flu season.
  • Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures Podcast Series: Episode 001 – Falls with Major Injury and Prevalence of Falls
    In this podcast, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AANAC curriculum development specialist, starts off a new podcast series called “Deep Dive into MDS 3.0 Quality Measures.” These monthly podcasts will feature one or two of the Quality Measures (QMs) and delve into the …
  • MDS Item Sets Breakdown
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses the delay of MDS Item Set version 1.18.1, and the anticipated updates to version 1.17.2 that will go into effect Oct. 1, 2020.
  • Trends and Best Practices From Focused Infection Control Surveys
    In this podcast, AAPACN Vice President of Curriculum Development, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses infection control issues that nursing home leaders are facing during the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Surveys.
  • The Waivers NACs Need to Know
    In this podcast, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses the waivers that have most affected operations in nursing facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Spotlight on You: Episode 2
    In the second episode of this two-part series, AAPACN Chair-elect, Jill Snow, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, CHC, and AAPACN Immediate Past-chair, Stephanie Kessler, CPC, join AAPACN Vice President of Curriculum Development, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, in a discussion about three of the top …
  • Spotlight on You: Episode 1
    For the last several years, the AAPACN conference has started with a special session planned by the AAPACN Board of Directors and intended to celebrate the members and to give them an opportunity to provide feedback directly to the board members. With the conference transitioning …
  • How to Prepare for the Focused Infection Control Survey (Updated)
    In this podcast, AADNS Curriculum Development Specialist, Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-CT, QCP, outlines how the DNS can be prepared for the new Focused Infection Control Survey and the self-assessment process recommended by CMS. This podcast also contains the latest updates, including two additional …
  • How to Catch Up on MDS Assessments
    It’s a busy and challenging time for the nurse assessment coordinator. COVID-19 is requiring all hands on deck in some facilities and CMS is providing some leeway on paperwork. In this podcast, AANAC Curriculum Development Specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses current challenges and …
  • Communicating in a Crisis
    In this podcast, AAPACN Vice President of Curriculum Development, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses best practices for nurse leaders on how to communicate effectively during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Isolation and Cohorting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    In this podcast, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, discusses when to code Isolation in section O on the MDS and the use of cohorting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Care Planning for Residents Impacted by COVID-19
    In this podcast, AADNS Curriculum Development Specialist, Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP discusses care planning for residents impacted by COVID-19, the important of individualization, and AADNS’s tool “The Individualized Care Plan Development Guide for Residents with COVID-19.”
  • Coronavirus and Medicare Eligibility and the MDS Process
    In this podcast, AANAC Curriculum Development Specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, discusses COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic has had on Medicare eligibility and the MDS process.
  • AADNS COVID-19 Update
    In this podcast, AADNS Curriculum Development Specialist, Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the CMS and CDC updates, and reviews important information for long-term and post-acute care facilities during this challenging time.
  • Episode 002 – Staff Solutions Series: Resolving Conflict Across Shifts
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses how sometimes conflict arises between the day shift and the night shift, and why this occurs. Learn how to address these issues through conflict resolution strategies and investigation skills.
  • 2020 MDS 3.0 Draft Item Set Changes
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses the DRAFT changes to the MDS 3.0 Items Sets, which will be finalized later this year. Find out some of the big changes, and how you can start getting ready for Oct. …
  • Staff Solution Series: Managing Conflict More Effectively, Pursuing the Win-Win
    How can conflict be an opportunity and a gift? In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses how nurse leaders can manage conflict more effectively in the workplace to pursue the win-win for everyone.
  • Accurately Coding Section E, Behaviors
    In this podcast, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AANAC curriculum development specialist, discusses the importance of accurately coding section E of the MDS, and the impact it can have on Quality Measures and the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).
  • Survey Success for 2020
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, outlines some helpful tips for directors of nursing prepare their teams for survey success in 2020! You will also learn a little more about this month’s AADNS tool, Survey Readiness: Critical Element …
  • Documentation Needs and Pitfalls
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, QCP, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses why documentation is so important in the nursing home environment and provides practical tips that you should know for proper documentation.
  • Episode 002 – The DNS Commuter Series: Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue with Self-Care
    In this podcast, AADNS curriculum development specialist, Alexis Roam, discusses some of the warning signs of burnout and compassion fatigue and offers some practical tips to help you recharge and refresh with self-care.
  • Section G vs. GG and the Importance of Collaboration between Therapy and Nursing under PDPM
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses the differences between section G and GG and how nursing and therapy must collaborate for success under PDPM.
  • Episode 001 – The DNS Commuter Series: Self Care – Why Did I Become a Nurse?
    In this podcast, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Alexis Roam, tells her story of why she became a nurse and provides a few tips on how you can rekindle your happiness and purpose in your day-to-day work as a nurse leader.
  • Episode 002 – Direct and Indirect Skilled Services
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, continues her discussion on skilled Medicare by highlighting the differences between direct and indirect skilled services.
  • Interrupted Stays Webinar Q&A
    In this podcast, AANAC Curriculum Development Specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, answers a few looming questions asked from audience members during her recent webinar “Putting the Interrupted Stay Policy into Play.”
  • Documentation and PDPM
    In this podcast, AAPACN Vice President of Curriculum Development, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, discusses documentation needs under PDPM. Find out how documentation will impact PDPM, how documentation works with the PPS assessment schedule, how you and your team can help reduce …
  • PDPM Transition and IPAs Webinar Q&A
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, answers follow-up questions from her recent webinar, “Strategies for the PDPM Transition and IPAs.” Get clarification on interrupted stays, the transitional and normal IPA, late September admissions, and more!
  • CMS Aug. 13 and 14 SNF QRP Training Highlights
    In this podcast, AADNS Curriculum Development Specialist, Alexis Roam, RN-BC, MSN, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses some of the highlights and takeaways from the recent CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program Training held on Aug. 13 and 14, 2019.
  • CMS SNF PPS FY 2020 Final Rule Highlights
    In this podcast, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, provides us with her top five highlights that NACs need to know about the SNF PPS FY 2020 Final Rule.
  • ICD-10 and PDPM
    Do you know how a competent ICD-10 coder can help you achieve success with PDPM? In this podcast, AANAC Master Teacher, Carol Maher, RN-BC, CPC, RAC-MT, discusses the importance of ICD-10 and how it will impact SNFs as they implement PDPM.
  • Episode 001 – Overview of Skilled Medicare
    In this new podcast series, AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, provides information about Medicare services in skilled nursing facilities. In this first episode, you’ll get an overview of Original Medicare and how it impacts resident care in SNFs.
  • Episode 002 – SNF QRP Measures 2019 Updates
    Do you know what to expect in the future for the SNF QRP? In this podcast, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, curriculum development specialist with AANAC, discusses the SNF PPS Proposed Rule, the two new measures introduced, what kind of supporting documentation you’ll need, and …
  • 2019 RAI Manual Updates Early Release Highlights
    Do you know what to expect in the future for the SNF QRP? In this podcast, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, curriculum development specialist with AANAC, discusses the SNF PPS Proposed Rule, the two new measures introduced, what kind of supporting documentation you’ll need, and …
  • Episode 002 – Trauma-Informed Care and Phase 3
    In this LTC DON Chat podcast, Pam Truscott, MSN, RN, QCP, DNS-CT, continues the discussion on trauma-informed care and what nurse leaders need to know to ensure their staff are ready for the trauma-informed care requirement for Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation.
  • 2019 Five-Star Changes Q&A
    There have been some recent changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System, and facilities are seeing changes in their stars. In this podcast, Jane Belt MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, Curriculum Development Specialist with AANAC, discusses the significant changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System …
  • Episode 001 – Trauma-Informed Care and Phase 3
    In this LTC DON Chat podcast, Pam Truscott, MSN, RN, QCP, DNS-CT, discusses the ins and outs of trauma-informed care and what nurse leaders need to know to ensure their staff are ready for the trauma-informed care requirement for Phase 3 of the Requirements of …

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