2019 AANAC and AADNS Preconference Information and Schedule

 

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Resident Assessment Coordinator—Certified (RAC-CT®) Certification Workshop + PDPM Intensive

Location: Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

Monday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AANAC’s Resident Assessment Coordinator—Certified (RAC-CT®) program provides you with a thorough understanding of the RAI/MDS process that is needed in every nursing facility to code the MDS accurately and deliver optimal resident care. The RAC-CT program has long set the national standard for MDS education, helping you to hone your expertise in managing the OBRA and PPS schedule, promptly capture resident change, and lead the IDT to person-centered care plans that result in quality outcomes. Constantly updated by a team of experts, the program ensures that your knowledge is up-to-date for Quality Measures and Five-Star rating systems, RAI User's Manual updates, and more. Becoming RAC-CT certified will give you the knowledge that you need to be the MDS expert your facility needs, distinguishing yourself as a valuable asset to any long-term care organization.

Topics Include:

  • MDS 3.0 Coding for OBRA and PPS
  • Accurately Assessing Functional Status and the MDS 3.0 
  • Care Area Assessments and the MDS 3.0 
  • Care Planning and the MDS 3.0 
  • OBRA Timing and Scheduling for the MDS 3.0 
  • PPS Timing and Scheduling for the MDS 3.0 
  • Resource Utilization Groups IV (RUG-IV) and the MDS 3.0 
  • Introduction to Medicare Part A 
  • Quality Measures and the MDS 3.0 
  • The Five-Star Quality Rating System

The three-day RAC-CT Certification Workshop includes the four-hour PDPM Intensive for a total of 22.5 nursing CEs.


Master Teacher: Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MT, CPC, Hansen Hunter & Co.
Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MT, CPC, is a board-certified gerontological registered nurse with over 30 years’ long-term care experience. She has worked in long-term care in many roles, beginning as a nursing assistant and later becoming a charge nurse, nurse manager, and then RNAC. Most recently, she was the senior vice president of utilization services and director of reimbursement for large multi-facility organizations. She has worked as one of the Gold Standard Nurses for MDS 3.0, serving on the RAP workgroup to pave the way for the CAAs for MDS 3.0, and participating on a number of Technical Expert Panels related to MDS, Quality Measures, and care planning. Carol served as a member of the AANAC Board of Directors for nine years, stepping down in 2016. She is currently the director of education for Hansen Hunter.


RAC-CT Certification Workshop Schedule:

Monday, April 1, 2019

7:30 am – 5 pm RAC-CT Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:30 am – 5 pm RAC-CT Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 – 11:30 am PDPM Intensive (included with RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, and RAC-CT Recertification Preconference Workshop registration)
Noon – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 3 pm RAC-CT Workshop

Resident Assessment Coordinator—Certified Advanced (RAC-CTASM) Workshop + PDPM Intensive

Location: Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

Monday, April 1  - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

If you are a RAC-CT and want to take your experience to a higher level, then the advanced RAC-CT course is right for you! The Resident Assessment Coordinator—Certified Advanced (RAC-CTA) exam preparation course equips you with advanced principles of clinical reimbursement, Medicare program compliance and integrity, RAI/MDS program integrity, leadership, ethical practice, managing medical review, accurate ICD-10 diagnosis coding, advanced strategies for payment oversight, and improving a facility’s quality measurement in all CMS quality programs. Whether you are a clinical reimbursement specialist in your facility, a regional, state, or national consultant, or are a professional in any aspect of MDS and Medicare compliance and oversight, this program will help you excel at being a leader. This in-depth workshop, developed by the foremost experts in Medicare compliance and clinical reimbursement, will help you to reduce reimbursement cuts, navigate audits, avoid risky practices, and stop drowning in confusing and ever-changing regulations and requirements. Get the education that traditional nursing schools don’t provide and position yourself as an expert on and off the facility floor with the RAC-CTA program.

Topics Include:

  • Medicare Program Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • Medicare A and Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment System (PDPM)
  • Medicare Program Documentation Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • Medicare Part B Therapy Regulations and Program Requirements 
  • Consolidated Billing Regulations and Program Elements 
  • Facility Programs for Complying with the Medicare Beneficiary Notice Initiative 
  • Federal and State (Dual Eligible and Medicaid Oversight) Medical Review Oversight Programs for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • Understanding Quality Initiatives in Federal Medicare Programs (QRP, VBP) 
  • Principles of Clinical Reimbursement Oversight and Leadership for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • Principles of ICD-10-CM Coding Accuracy for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The three-day RAC-CTA Certification Workshop includes the four-hour PDPM Intensive for a total of 22.5 nursing CEs. 

You must be RAC-CT certified to register for this workshop.


Master Teachers: 

Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, AAPACN

Jane is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Having been involved in long-term care for more than 40 years, she has served as a gerontological clinical specialist, director of nursing, and nurse consultant. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is Master Teacher for AANAC. Prior to joining AANAC, she was a principal at Plante Moran specializing in senior care operational consulting, certification compliance, reimbursement, corporate compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement.

 

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AAPACN

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Previously, Jessie worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states including nearly 300 living centers. She has more than 17 years of long-term care experience including restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.

 

RAC-CTA Certification Workshop Schedule:

Monday, April 1, 2019

7:30 am – 5 pm RAC-CTA Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:30 am – 5 pm RAC-CTA Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 – 11:30 am PDPM Intensive (included with RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, and RAC-CT Recertification Preconference Workshop registration)
Noon – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 3 pm RAC-CTA Workshop


RAC-CT Recertification Workshop + PDPM Intensive

Location: Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

Tuesday, April 2  - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Are you knowledgeable on all of the RAI User's Manual updates and regulatory changes that have developed since you became RAC-CT certified? The world of MDS today is drastically different from the one you knew just two years ago. The RAC-CT Recertification program, created by a team of experts for busy professionals, carefully explains all of the RAI/MDS updates that have taken place over the past two years, from changes to section GG, to new section N (Medications) and section P (Restraints and Alarms) items, and more. It also covers the nuance of common coding errors that you could be making, and prepares you to perform more accurate assessments and deliver better care. Get the latest strategies to connect Quality Measure pitfalls to MDS coding while keeping your RAC-CT credential and your MDS expertise up-to-date with the RAC-CT Recertification program.

Topics Include:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the FY2018 RAI User's Manual updates, including additions and changes to section N and section P and clarifications to section GG
  • Identify the most common MDS coding errors in light of recent updates and how to avoid them 
  • Understand updates to MDS 3.0 Quality Measures and how specific MDS items impact them 
  • Master PPS scheduling challenges 
  • Navigate ethical dilemmas during the RAI process

The two-day RAC-CT Recertification includes the four-hour PDPM Intensive for a total of 7.5 nursing CEs.

This recertification workshop is designed for those who have already earned their RAC-CT designation and are approaching their two-year recertification deadline.


Master Teacher: 
Robin Hillier, CPA, STNA, LNHA, RAC-MT, Quality Life Services

Robin is the president and owner of RLH Consulting, which has provided reimbursement, operational, and accounting consulting to long-term care providers since 1998. She is also co-owner of Lake Pointe Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Conneaut, Ohio, and Quality Life Services, a home healthcare agency in southwestern Ohio. She is a certified public accountant, a state-tested nurse aide, a licensed nursing home administrator, and Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified and a Master Trainer through AANAC. She is a member of the AANAC Expert Advisory Panel.

 

RAC-CT Recertification Workshop Schedule:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1:30 – 5:30 pm RAC-CT Recertification Workshop

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 – 11:30 am PDPM Intensive (included with RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, and RAC-CT Recertification Preconference Workshop registration)


Patient-Driven Payment Model: Intensive Workshop

Location: Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is set to replace RUGs-IV on Oct. 1, 2019. This is not just a “tweak” to the current payment system, but a wholesale change! The impact of moving from a volume-based system to a resident characteristics system has a far-reaching impact on facility payment with potential for significant changes in care protocols. This four-hour intensive PDPM training will unpack the six different payment components, and explain the interim payment assessment, the interrupted stay policy, and the adjusted payment factors. The session will help you survive and thrive in PDPM by understanding the need for strong EHR systems to track ICD-10-CM diagnosis, capture accurate status of residents, and implement case management strategies. In the PDPM, collaboration between nursing, therapy, billing, and technology is critical. This workshop will map out the needed elements to success.

  • Understand the five case-mix adjusted components that make up the PDPM system and identify the items that impact each of the components 
  • Review how PDPM changes the PPS Assessment schedule, including the Interim Payment Assessment and the interrupted stay process 
  • Detail the critical elements of ICD-10 coding in the PDPM 
  • Describe how PDPM impacts care models, use of therapy, the role of restorative nursing, and more 
  • Review the qualifiers for Traditional Medicare A and how they interact with payment levels 
  • Better grasp the PDPM through reviewing case studies

The PDPM Workshop provides four hours of nursing CEs if you registered for just the PDPM Workshop. Otherwise, the four hours of nursing CEs are included in the overall hours for RAC-CT (22.5), RAC-CTA (22.5), and RAC-CT Recertification (7.5).


Master Teacher: 
Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, AAPACN

As the vice president of curriculum development, Judi Kulus oversees the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Director of Nursing Services-Certified (DNS-CT), QAPI Certified Professional (QCP), and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the Navigator newsletter and represents AADNS nationally.  

Judi’s career began as a nursing home administrator in 1987. She holds a master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in informatics, a master’s degree in education, and has been a registered nurse since 2000. Throughout her 28-year career in long-term care leadership, Judi has focused her work on supporting facilities in managing the RAI process, MDS coding, and nursing system quality improvement. She has served as corporate operations manager, case mix and quality assurance consultant, including working as a crisis control administrator for a variety of organizations including facilities in multiple states.

 

PDPM Intensive Schedule:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 – 11:30 am PDPM Intensive (included with RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, and RAC-CT Recertification Preconference Workshop registration, and available for separate registration)

 

Director of Nursing—Certified (DNS-CT) Certification Workshop + PDPM Virtual Workshop

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Monday, April 1  - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

With the DNS-CT credential behind your name, you show that you have the management skills and knowledge needed to master the challenges of being a DNS. Your credential indicates that you are a leader and that you know how to improve quality, communications, and resident care throughout the facility. 

The DNS-CT credential is perfect for RNs with at least two years of experience who are directors of nursing services, nursing facility administrators, vice presidents of clinical services, or other long-term care professionals with management responsibilities. This workshop will help prepare you for 10 final exams associated to each course.

Topics Include:

  • Leadership and Management for the Nurse Leader 
  • Human Resource Management for the Nurse Leader 
  • Care Management and Surveillance Systems for the Nurse Leader 
  • Essential Business Skills for the Nurse Leader 
  • Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement for the Nurse Leader 
  • Survey Readiness 24/7/365 for the Nurse Leader 
  • Survey Management and Enforcement for the Nurse Leader 
  • Compliance and Ethics Essentials for the Nurse Leader 
  • Risk Management for the Nurse Leader 
  • MDS and Medicare Process Essentials for the Nurse Leader

The three-day DNS-CT Certification Workshop provides 22.5 hours of nursing CEs. The bonus PDPM Virtual Workshop is worth 1 hour of CE.


Master Teacher: 
Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AAPACN

Amy is a curriculum development specialist for AADNS. Formerly, she was a legal nurse consultant for the law firm Hall, Prangle, Schoonveld (HPS), in Chicago. She has 20 years of experience in the post-acute healthcare industry, with expertise in the areas of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), clinical reimbursement, quality, and regulatory change. Prior to joining HPS, Amy was the division director of reimbursement for 18 skilled nursing facilities in the Chicagoland area, part of a larger hospital system that participated in CMS innovative payment models. Her previous roles include director of nursing, pharmacy quality consultant, wound care consultant, and MDS coordinator. Amy is a master teacher for the AADNS curriculum as well as AANAC curriculum, and was a presenter at the 2014, 2016, and 2017 AANAC national conferences.

 

DNS-CT Certification Workshop Schedule:

Monday, April 1, 2019

7:30 am - 5 pm DNS-CT Workshop
Noon - 1 pm Lunch

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:30 am – 5 pm DNS-CT Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 am – 3:30 pm DNS-CT Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

QAPI Certified Professional (QCP) Certification Prep Workshop + PDPM Virtual Workshop

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Tuesday, April 2  - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

As a QAPI Certified Professional (QCP), you demonstrate that you have the knowledge and experience to guide your team in complying with implementing QAPI-mandated processes in your facility. The QCP certification is designed for licensed professionals with two years of experience who are directors of nursing services, QAPI managers, nursing facility administrators, nurse managers, social services directors, activities directors, or staff development directors. This workshop is optional for earning the QCP certification but will help you prepare for the exam.

Topics Include:

  • QAPI Design and Scope for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • QAPI Governance and Leadership for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • QAPI Feedback, Data Systems, and Monitoring for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • QAPI Performance Improvement Projects for Skilled Nursing Facilities 
  • QAPI Systematic Analysis and Systemic Action for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The two-day QCP Workshop provides 15 nursing CEs. The bonus PDPM Virtual Workshop is worth 1 hour of CE.


Master Teachers: 

Barbara Bates, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, MDS Solutions and MedNet Concepts
Barbara has 40+ years' experience in the field of nursing. She is experienced in psychogeriatric care, having worked 25 years in psychiatric nursing in varying nursing administration and management roles. She directed and managed care delivery for a 126 bed Veterans home in the position of DON for 10+ years. Currently, Barbara provides educational instruction for AADNS for the DNS and QAPI certification program, develops and presents programs for MDS Solutions, and provides clinical consultation/training related to compliance and survey preparation in approximately 10 nursing homes. She functioned as a facilitator/coach for Customer Satisfaction in Nursing homes, GOLD STAMP program to reduce pressure injuries in NYS and Exceptional Care planning - all of which were grants provided by NYS Health Department, SUNY Albany School for Public Health, NYSHFA, and Leading Age NY.

Linda Winston, MSN, RN, BS, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, MDS Solutions and MedNet Concepts
Linda Winston, RN, MSN, BS, RAC-CT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, has been a nurse for over 30 years. Linda has a diverse background in the long-term care setting, including staff nurse, supervising nurse, nurse educator, nursing administrator, and for 16 years, director of nursing. Her areas of expertise are current survey and certification process; quality assurance and performance improvement; resident assessment; clinical approaches, including the improvement and prevention of skin alterations and prevention of falls and root cause analysis; and implementation of systems.

 

 

QCP Certification Prep Workshop Schedule:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:30 am – 5:30 pm QCP Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 am – 3:30 pm QCP Workshop
Noon – 1 pm Lunch