AADNS Webinars

Webinars are one of the most important member benefits of joining AADNS. Join us, in the comfort of your own office, for these complimentary and timely discussions about the regulations that impact you, the challenges you face on a day-to-day basis, and the solutions for your most complex problems. Be the most effective leader you can be with the latest-breaking news and best practices.

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Recorded Webinar Library

We understand that the life of a nurse leader is a busy one. Pick a time that is convenient for you and enjoy some of the topics from this library of recorded webinars, available to you at any time and as many times as you wish to watch after the initial purchase. 

PDPM is Coming - How the DNS Can Lead the Change

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Aug. 21, 2018
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) has been finalized and will replace RUGs-IV, Oct. 1, 2019 – just 14 months away. With both Phase 3 and the PDPM implementation next fall, strong nursing leadership is more critical than ever.  AADNS is your helping hand! During this webinar, we provide an overview of the PDPM and changes to the system made in the final rule-making process, and we look at how you can dynamically lead your teams to effective changes.

Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the finalized Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) in the SNF PPS rule

  • Describe five key areas that will be most impacted by the new payment system, including therapy services, restorative nursing, pre-admission screening and the admission process, the MDS assessment process, and clinical systems

  • Discuss how to map a plan to be prepared for Oct. 1, 2019

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Top 10 Deficiencies Being Cited—What DONs Can Do to Avoid Them

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: July 17, 2018
Speaker: Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

In November 2017, CMS implemented a new survey process that combined the traditional survey and the QIS survey processes. Since that time, skilled nursing facilities have been working hard to limit the number of deficiencies and understand the expectations of the new process. However, this process has not been without flaw. The new survey results from CMS are in and every DON needs to know the top 10 trends in survey citations that have been cited over the last few months so that they can prepare their facility. Join this 60-minute webinar to learn about the most common citations that nurse leaders are facing today and how to prevent them. By preventing these citations, you and your team can provide higher quality and safer care for residents.

This webinar will help you:

  • Identify the top ten citations being cited in today’s skilled nursing facilities
  • Learn effective prevention measures for these common citations so that you can develop a plan of action to ensure you are not tagged for these deficiencies
  • Become familiar with available resources that will help you prepare your staff for survey

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

FY 2019 SNF PPS Proposed Rule: What the DNS Needs to Know

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: May 17, 2018
Speaker: Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

The much anticipated FY2019 SNF PPS proposed payment rule is out, announcing monumental changes. CMS plans to replace the SNF PPS RUGs-IV model with the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which has many similarities to RCS-I, in 2019. Additionally, the proposed rule outlined upcoming changes to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and the value-based purchasing program (VBP). This must-attend webinar will provide valuable insights into these proposed changes and how the DNS can effectively prepare the nursing department to face these challenges.

This webinar will prepare you to understand:

  • The newly proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)
  • The proposed updates to the QRP program, including changes to publicly reported data
  • The proposed changes to the SNF VBP program, including adjustments to the SNF VBP scoring methodology

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

CMS Breaking News and Updates for the DNS

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: March 22, 2018
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, DNS-CT, RAC-MT, QCP

If you haven’t heard, CMS has frozen your facility’s star rating for the Health Inspection Domain. In this webinar, we will discuss these changes and what they mean for you. Additionally, newly released information about drug regimen review requirements that will be captured on the MDS after Oct. 1, 2018, is a must-know for the DNS. We’ll also focus on some upcoming changes that impact the admission process and how your nurses’ process drug orders. These changes will impact future QMs and facility payments. Other recent updates from CMS include changes to the Quality Measures, beneficiary notices, and diagnosis tracking. Get all the details you need to know in this upcoming informative webinar!

This webinar will prepare you with the skills to:

  • Describe the February changes to the Five-Star program, including the star rating for the Health Inspection Domain

  • Explain the drug regimen review requirements and how the coming MDS coding requirements impact the nursing department

  • Review other changes recently released by CMS, including changes to Quality Measures, beneficiary notices, and diagnosis tracking

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

I Didn't Know That! A Regulatory Review of 2017 for the DNS and What to Expect in 2018

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Jan. 18, 2018
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, DNS-CT, RAC-MT, QCP

Have you heard about the new Quality Measures that can affect your public reporting (Five-Star rating)? Did you know that CMS plans to replace the Resource Utilization Groups, Version 4 (RUG-IV), with a new model, the Resident Classification System, Version 1 (RCS-I)? Do you know that the readmission measure for the Value-Based Purchasing measure is effective in fiscal year 2019 (October 2018)?

It is never too late to learn more about the tidal wave of regulatory changes that have begun to impact clinical care and reimbursement. You may have missed important CMS updates that impact clinical decisions, such as changes to the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Policy Manual and when will it impact the Five-Star rating this year or later. This 60-minute webinar will review key regulatory updates that will affect your daily decision making now and your strategic plan in the coming years.

This webinar will prepare you with the skills to:

  • Identify the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) measures that are currently monitored and understand when potential financial reductions will begin

  • Describe three new regulatory updates that your interdisciplinary team need to know and how to review your current policies and procedures to assess for improvement projections

  • Review the proposed reimbursement payment system and how it will impact your practice as a nurse leader

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Are You Ready? The Revised State Operations Manual Goes Live November 28

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: October 4, 2017
Speaker: Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

You've probably spent your summer and fall preparing and training staff on the relevant policies and the day-to-day workflows for the fast approaching November 28 deadline. However, the pending deadlines and requirements include more than CMS's Phases 1, 2, and 3. In addition to managing the new F-tags and revised numbering system, understanding the nearly 700-page interpretive guidelines, companion to the State Operations Manual (SOM), is a must. With only a few weeks left to prepare, this webinar will discuss the key elements of the regulations outlined in the State Operations Manual and provide expert analysis to assist you with final preparations. In addition, it will cover some key nuances related to the new requirements for antibiotic stewardship programs, the facility assessment, care planning, and the new critical element pathways that you don't want to miss.

This webinar will prepare you with the skills to:

  • Identify your nursing department's survey readiness gaps and prepare the front-line staff for surveyor interviews
  • Describe the systemic impact of new CMS initiatives, including the antibiotic stewardship program (ASP), facility-wide assessment (FWA), baseline care planning, competency-based staffing, and QAPI Plan
  • Evaluate your clinical teams’ knowledge of the new assessment processes, including new MDS items, admission and discharge processes, clinical surveillance from the bedside to the Quality Assessment and Assurance (QAA) committee
  • Understand the importance of the QAA committee’s key role in the transition to the newly revised State Operations Manual requirements related to compliance auditing and monitoring of the care delivery system

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Amy Franklin has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The New SNF Survey Process

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: August 3, 2017
Speaker: Diane Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA

If your facility is surveyed under either QIS or the Traditional survey process, that is about to change. CMS is merging these two survey methods into one standard survey process for all facilities in all states. Are you ready? This session is designed to provide the most current update on the new SNF regulatory survey process, which is being implemented by CMS in November 2017. We will discuss the known information along with strategies that focus on a successful transition to the new process. Gain insight into how you can take steps to prepare your teams and understand the new system. Don't let poor planning impact your facility's Five-Star rating.

After this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the most current information on the new survey process
  • Implement strategies for successful survey outcomes
  • Celebrate your Five Star designation

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Diane Vaughn has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Phase 2 Readiness: Bridging Baseline Care Planning with Comprehensive Person-Centered Care


Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: April 5, 2017
Speaker: Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

The looming November 28 deadline is fast approaching and with all of the regulation changes, there is one that impacts staff logistics more than any other, from preadmission to comprehensive care planning – Baseline care planning. Baseline care planning seems simple, but simple mistakes can easily become low hanging fruit for surveyors to pick for citations. To help you avoid those mistakes, AADNS is offering this 60-minute webinar, where you will gain valuable strategies and planning tips needed to be ready for compliance with the entire 483.21 comprehensive person-centered care planning regulation. We will also explain how care planning overlaps with residents’ rights, professional standards, and resident safety. Get the need-to-know information on baseline care planning, learn how it can fit into your workflow, and how it can bump up your resident satisfaction in person-centered care planning.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn the five “must haves” that are required in baseline care planning
  • Find out how to implement three strategies to enhance current care plan development and workflow to meet the baseline care plan requirements
  • Discover the elements that link resident rights and facility responsibilities to planning and implementing care and services

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Amy Franklin has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The Key to Competency-Based Approach to Staffing


Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: March 1, 2017
Speaker: Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP- MT

Compliance with recent SOM regulations related to staff competency require nurse leaders to tailor a training and education plan for staff specific to their facility’s resident population. The recent updates require not only sufficient nursing staff, but also that staff have the appropriate competencies and skills sets to provide nursing and related services to assure resident safety and attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident, as determined by resident assessments and individual plans of care. In addition, as of November 28, 2017, facilities must link staffing with the required facility assessment, which considers the number, acuity, and diagnoses of the facility’s resident population. While the task of ensuring competency-based staffing might seem burdensome there is a bright side. Training and education are often associated with increased staff retention, decreased staff turnover, improved patient and resident outcomes, and a more effective and engaged workforce.

This webinar will discuss with key considerations when applying competency-based staffing using the facility assessment. In addition, participants will be given an example of a training and education evaluation plan that will assist in identifying site specific training needs.

Participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast competency-based educational offerings with knowledge-based in-service offerings
  • List three benefits of providing competency-based staff education
  • Develop a facility-specific training and education evaluation plan that will help identify educational needs and the resources needed to offer the education

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

CMS Prescribes a Nursing Services Facelift: New Regulations and Changes of MEGA Proportions

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: October 19, 2016
Speaker: Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

Don’t get caught with wrinkles; fight back with the DNS checklist for compliance. Twenty-five years in the making, these updated regulations affect several F-tags. With so many changes, it is difficult to prioritize what to tackle first. Join this webinar to gain an understanding of the changes and get the MEGA task list along with tips and strategies for incorporating the changes within the nursing department.

After this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the implementation phases of regulations including key changes that require planning by the DNS to avoid citations
  • Delineate between new regulations and clarified regulation, and understand which will need policy and procedures changes
  • Explore operational strategies to implement the regulation changes according to your facility’s updated policies and procedures

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Amy Franklin has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP): What’s New for October 1?

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.5 CE hours
Recording Date: August 30, 2016
Speaker: Rena Shephard, MHA, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT

Thanks to the IMPACT Act of 2014, October 1, 1016 will bring with it significant changes to the MDS requirements. In addition, there will be new quality measures and financial penalties for failure to submit required information to the national database. This session will provide the details SNF administration and staff will need for successful implementation of the new requirements.

After this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Understand SNF QRP and the requirement for cross-setting quality measures
  • Explain the penalty for failure to submit required information
  • Describe the purpose and use of the Part A Discharge (End of Stay) assessment
  • Understand Section GG and recognize that it is very different from Section G
  • Identify systems and processes needed to implement and manage these requirements

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Rena Shephard has no conflicts of interest to disclose.