Did you know that there are many legislative challenges that impact our profession? Long-term care is a hot topic in the news as well as on Capitol Hill.  It is important to stay informed on current relevant issues that impact your day-to-day practice. Below is the latest news from AADNS. Scroll down further for updates from our other news sources.

  • Where does AADNS Advocacy Start? Find out!

    By AADNS - January 06, 2017
    AADNS was created by nurse leaders committed to providing nurses with a voice on the issues affecting nursing, but we’re only as strong as our members. Participating in advocacy efforts is one of the most important ways you can effect positive change in long-term care and help shape the future of our profession. Learn more from AADNS nurse leadership expert, Judi Kulus, in this short video.
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  • 24-Hour RN Staffing Bill

    By Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, AADNS Staff - April 11, 2016
    AANAC, the sister organization of the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS), has been working for several years to ensure there is one registered nurse in every nursing facility in the country. The 24-hour RN staffing bill was reintroduced in the House in 2015 for the new session of Congress. In October 2015, AANAC staff and board members completed a number of visits to the Hill. That same month, AANAC submitted written comments on the Conditions of Participation from the State Operations Manual : threaded throughout these were comments on the need for 24-hour RN coverage. AANAC has also approached the issue by providing comments to CMS on the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) regulation to find out how many facilities have an RN in the building 24 hours per day. Data indicates that the majority of facilities in the country meet this provision. Finally, AANAC has had discussions with CMS on strengthening the interpretive guidelines to address staffing issues. 
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  • National Voices of Medicare Summit

    By Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, AADNS Staff - April 01, 2016
    AADNS participated in the Third Annual National Voices of Medicare Summit and Senator Jay Rockefeller Lecture, hosted by the Center for Medicare Advocacy, in Washington, DC. The Center for Medicare Advocacy, established in 1986, is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan law organization that provides education, advocacy, and assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and quality healthcare. 
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  • Proposed Medicare/Medicaid CoP Reforms: Highlights of the Proposed Rule

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - September 16, 2015

    On Aug. 13, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services held an MLN Connects National Provider Call to discuss some of the highlights of the proposed rule to comprehensively update the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation (i.e., the health and safety regulations at 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 483B). 

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  • Speak Up: How Do You Feel About Proposed LTC Reforms?

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - August 20, 2015
    Person-centered care, quality, facility assessment and a competency-based approach, alignment with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services priorities, comprehensive review and modernization, and implementation of legislation — these six areas are the overarching themes of the July 16 proposed rule to comprehensively update the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation (i.e., the health and safety regulations at 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 483B), said CMS officials during an August 11 National Provider Call.
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