ANCC Board Certified RNs can make a big difference!

New research conducted by AHCA/NCAL shows that SNFs that employ at least one American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board certified RN also, on average, performed higher on SNF VBP performance. The net result is that these SNFs get higher Medicare Part A reimbursements.


CMS Updates PDPM Materials, Including Fresh FAQs.

In its latest guidance on the ongoing transition to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) set to occur Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a number of materials for stakeholders to review, including updates to its PDPM-related frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Read Patrick Connole’s timely article on this subject at

To view this CMS update go to PDPM Fresh FAQS

The Bottom Line – Get Paid More!

Gero Nurse Prep dramatically increases gerontological nurse competency scores and positions 96% of RNs to pass the ANCC Board certification exam the first time.

  • Fewer Survey Deficiencies
  • Lower use of off-label antipsychotics
  • Fewer Rehospitalizations
  • Higher CMS 5-Star Ratings

SAVE $100 NOW THRU APRIL 30 by using promo code VBP2019 at time of registration.


Dr. Heidi Keeler wants to remind you………

….. that it’s too late to attend the Quality Summit – but not too late to learn more about “COMPETENT GERIATRIC  RNS.”

Find out how Gero Nurse Prep improves geriatric nurse competency by going to or emailing  your questions to

Discount available from now until 4/30/19 – call Tim at 402-559-1990 and ask for details.



Celebrate Certified Nurses Day!

Certified Nurses DayTM held annually on March 19, honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification in gerontological nursing – the gold standard in demonstrating clinical excellence in geriatric patient care. Less than one percent of RNs have this credentialing, so credentialed RNs help providers stand out in a highly competitive marketplace.

AHCA/NCAL encourages Members to recognize their credentialed RNs on March 19. If your RNs are not yet credentialed, take an important step on your quality journey by watching this video or going to the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep Course (GNP) web site to learn more about this terrific course.

Save $100 off each enrollment when the promo code VBP2019 is used at the time of registration between now and 4/30/19.

To find out more about the  Gero Nurse Prep program, email us at or call 402-559-1990.

Please join us at the 2019 Quality Summit!

Heidi Keeler, Anna Fisher, Dave Kyllo and Angie Szumlinski invite you to join them on Monday March 18th, from 1-2:30 as they explain how ANCC credentialing and and board certification in gerontological nursing can strengthen the ability to demonstrate overall clinical competence and improved resident outcomes with surveyors in this educational session.

“Competent Geriatric RNs – The New Driver of Financial Performance.”

Description: Competent RNs drive quality care and outcomes in long term care settings. PDPM and value- based purchasing also means they now control the financial success of a facility. Providers need to sharpen the clinical knowledge and leadership skills of their RNs if they are to succeed in this new environment. This session will discuss how offering specialized training such as the Gero Nurse Prep course prepares RNs for the new challenges and positions them for board certification in gerontological nursing through the American Nurses Credential Center.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Describe the key clinical outcomes that improve in facilities with ANCC board certified RNs
  2. Discuss how Gero Nurse Prep and ANCC board certification increase RN confidence and competence in the assessment process and clinical leadership

Explain how ANCC credentialing and board certification in gerontological nursing can strengthen the ability to demonstrate overall clinical competence and improved resident outcomes with surveyors


Gero Nurse Prep is on sale!

Save $100 off the regular registration fee now through April 30 by using promo code VBP2019 (all caps).  AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep provides tremendous value at this AHCA/NCAL member $590 sale price.   That’s less than $20 per contact hour for outstanding nursing education that makes a measurable difference on so many fronts.

Three easy ways to learn more about Gero Nurse Prep and ANCC Board certification:

  1. Watch this video to learn more about AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep and build a strong geriatric nursing team with AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep.
  2. For an even deeper dive into competent geriatric nursing, watch this free AHCA/NCAL webinar “Improving Clinical Outcomes through Competent Gerontological Nurses.”
  3. Attend the Monday, March 18 AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium session in Tampa at 1 p.m. titled “Competent Geriatric RNs – The New Driver of Financial Performance.”  The session will feature the latest AHCA/NCAL research showing the impact Board certified RNs have on key quality indicators, survey citations and reimbursement.

Celebrate Careers In Aging Week (CIAW) March 3 – 9

People are living longer and populations are aging worldwide. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is observed during the first full week of March by businesses, clinics, coalitions, organizations, universities, colleges, and other parties across the world. The goal of CIAW is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in the field of aging.

To find out more about how you can get involved, go to