AHCA/NCAL Updates Medicare 3-Day Stay and Benefit Period Waivers Fact Sheet and FAQs

AHCA/NCAL recently updated the COVID-19-related 3-Day Stay and Benefit-Period Waivers for Medicare Part A SNF PPS fact sheet and frequently asked questions (FAQ) resource. Key updates to the file consist of a notification that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which can be extended in 90-day increments, was recently extended through at least April 21, 2021. Additionally, a link to an AHCA/NCAL 45-minute webinar on these waivers and 11 new AHCA/NCAL-developed FAQs providing additional clarifications on common waiver-related questions submitted are included.
Examples of topics covered in the updated fact sheet and new FAQs include:
  • ​Will Medicare Part A cover asymptomatic beneficiaries that have a positive COVID-19 test result or have received the COVID-19 vaccine and have had a reaction?
  • Various waiver-related coverage and billing scenarios.
Providers are encouraged to review these updates and share with applicable clinical and billing staff.

Gero Nurse Prep Sale Ends November 15: Enroll Now and Take a Year to Complete the Course.

RNs  and organizations can save $100 off the regular registration fee through November 15 by using promo code GETGNP20 (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. For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395.

To register, or to find out more, go to https://www.geronurseprep.com/

It’s All About the Outcomes!

And SNF RNs Trained in Gerontological Nursing Get Better Patient Outcomes!

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2019 shows that SNFs that employ at least one American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board certified RN experienced:
    • Higher average SNF VBP Performance Scores (44.2 versus 34.4 national average)
    • Fewer survey deficiencies
    • Fewer IJ citations
    • Lower rehospitalization rates
    • Lower rates of off-label use of antipsychotics
    • Higher CMS 5-Star ratings
The ANCC offers certification in gerontological nursing – the gold standard in demonstrating clinical excellence in geriatric patient care. ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Less than one percent of America’s RNs are board certified in gerontological nursing.
To help RNs prepare for the certification​ exam, AHCA/NCAL offers an online course developed and managed by UNMC’s College of Nursing called Gero Nurse Prep. RNs who complete the course earn 30 nursing contact hours and experience a 96% pass rate on the ANCC certification exam on the first try. Gero Nurse Prep students see a whopping 24 percent average increase between their pre- and post-test scores.
Gero Nurse Prep is flexible. RNs study online at their own pace and have one year from the time they enroll to complete their Gero Nurse Prep coursework.
Gero Nurse Prep is on sale through November 15! Save $100 off the regular registration fee by using promo code GETGNP20 (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. For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395.
To learn more about Gero Nurse Prep and ANCC Board certification, watch this video. For an even deeper dive into competent geriatric nursing, listen to this free AHCA/NCAL webinar “Competent Geriatric RNs – The New Driver of Financial Performance​.”

Gero Nurse Prep – The Affordable Pathway to Advanced Gerontological Nursing Knowledge

Gero Nurse Prep is on sale through November 15!  Save $100 off the regular registration fee by using promo code GETGNP20 (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. For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395.  Learn more by going to https://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Gero-Nurse-Prep-is-the-Affordable-Pathway-for-RNs-Looking-to-Advance-Their-Gerontological-Nursing-Knowledge-&-Careers-.aspx

The RN Piece of the Quality Puzzle Makes All the Difference!

​​Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2019 shows that SNFs that employ at least one American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board certified RN experienced:
    • Higher average SNF VBP Performance Scores (44.2 versus 34.4 national average)
    • Fewer survey deficiencies
    • Fewer IJ citations
    • Lower rehospitalization rates
    • Lower rates of off-label use of antipsychotics
    • ​Higher CMS 5-Star rating

To help RNs prepare for the certification exam, AHCA/NCAL offers an online course developed and managed by UNMC’s College of Nursing called Gero Nurse Prep. RNs who complete the course earn 30 nursing contact hours and experience a 96% pass rate on the ANCC certification exam on the first try. Gero Nurse Prep students see a whopping 24 percent average increase between their pre- and post-test scores.

Gero Nurse Prep is on sale through November 15!  Save $100 off the regular registration fee by using promo code GETGNP20 (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. For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395.

Find out more at https://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/The-RN-Piece-of-the-Quality-Puzzle-Makes-All-the-Difference!-.aspx

AHCA/NCAL Virtual Convention & Expo Starts Thursday!

The Virtual Convention & Expo provides an essential opportunity to learn, share, and connect with one another. From October 8-31, you’ll have 24 days of access so you earn CEs when it is most convenient to you.

To register, or to learn more about all the exciting events taking place, go to https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/AHCANCAL/

This coming Thursday, October 8th at 10:30 AM (CST), talk to Gero Nurse Prep Director Dr. Heidi Keeler at the “Chat Take-Over” in the COVID/Infection Prevention Lounge.

Save $100 On Gero Nurse Prep!

The Proof is in the Outcomes: RNs Trained in Gerontological Nursing Get Better Results!

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2019 shows that SNFs that employ at least one American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board certified RN experienced:

  • Higher average SNF VBP Performance Scores (44.2 versus 34.4 national average)
  • Fewer survey deficiencies
  • Fewer IJ citations
  • Lower rehospitalization rates
  • Lower rates of off-label use of antipsychotics
  • Higher CMS 5-Star rating

Find out more at  https://bit.ly/2VJRbin

Register between now and April 30th using the promo code 2020RN (case sensitive) and save $100 off each enrollment. Lock in this special price by enrolling now and taking up to 60 days to pay! Contact us at concne@unmc.edu for more details.

 

Gero Nurse Prep is on Sale!

The Proof is in the Outcomes: RNs Trained in Gerontological Nursing Get Better Results!

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2019 shows that SNFs that employ at least one American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board certified RN experienced:

  • Higher average SNF VBP Performance Scores (44.2 versus 34.4 national average)
  • Fewer survey deficiencies
  • Fewer IJ citations
  • Lower rehospitalization rates
  • Lower rates of off-label use of antipsychotics
  • Higher CMS 5-Star rating

To get the $100 off discount promo code go to  https://bit.ly/2VJRbin