• 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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  • CMS Lays the Groundwork for Quality-Based SNF PPS

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - April 22, 2015
    On April 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published in the Federal Register the proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system (SNF PPS) and consolidated billing for fiscal year (FY) 2016 beginning Oct. 1, 2015. In this proposed rule, CMS has taken the unprecedented step of laying out its future plans to begin to transition SNFs to quality-based payments under the fee-for-service Medicare Part A program.
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  • Employing Staff Members With Criminal Convictions -- OIG Report (2/11)

    By OIG - March 11, 2015
    The OIG analysis of criminal history records maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that 92 percent of nursing facilities employed at least one individual with at least one criminal conviction. Overall, 5 percent of nursing facility employees had at least one criminal conviction. 
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  • New Bill Sets RN Staffing Minimums

    By AANAC Staff - August 06, 2014
    Discover the details of a new RN staffing bill that calls for marked improvements in nursing home RN coverage.
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  • RN Staffing Requirements: AANAC Helps Drive New Bill to Set Minimums (8/14)

    By AANAC - August 01, 2014
    AANAC works with other nursing organizations to achieve a establish a minimum direct care registered nurse staffing requirement at nursing facilities and SNFs.
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  • Ethics Committees: Are They Helpful?

    By Betty Frandsen, RN, NHA, MHA, CDONA/LTC, C-NE-MT - July 09, 2014
    Discover the purpose of ethics committees and how they can be an important resource when it comes to difficult end-of-life decisions.
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  • AANAC Gives Members and Residents a Voice in Washington, DC

    By AANAC Staff - July 09, 2014
    Read about the work AANAC is doing in Washington, DC to improve care for residents and support for nurses!
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