AANAC Webinars

AANAC webinars are hosted throughout the year, as important topics and regulatory changes arise. Led by thought leaders in the field, you can be assured you are getting guidance you can trust to do your job correctly and efficiently.

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Recorded Webinar Library

Recorded webinars are a great way to access educational content on your schedule. Show them as an in-service training for your whole team, or earn your CEs by watching the video file when it's most convenient for you. Once purchased, you can download and watch the file as many times as you like.

CMS Proposed Rules: Adds New QMs and Retires RUGs IV Payment System


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: May 18, 2017
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP

With the release of the annual Medicare SNF PPS Proposed Rule, facilities have been notified of potentially four new QRP QMs being added to two new ones slotted for next year. Also, the CMS Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was released the same day, detailing a proposed NEW Medicare A payment system, putting an end to current RUGs IV. These changes will impact NACs, therapists, and facility staff in significant ways. Join AANAC expert Judi Kulus for a packed webinar on the highlights of these CMS initiatives and what it means for you.

In this webinar, the speaker will:

  • Provide an overview of the FY2017 SNF-PPS Final Rule, including new quality measures, and proposed MDS changes
  • Explain the newly proposed Resident Classification System-I which will replace RUGs IV as the Medicare A payment system
  • Offer operational strategies to prepare for these coming regulations

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Don't Get Stumped on These MDS Common Coding Errors


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: March 30, 2017
Speaker: Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

Even for seasoned MDS nurses, MDS items may give you pause when the situation occurs. Or perhaps you are talking to a colleague and find out that he/she codes the same item differently than how you have been told. How could anyone get confused when there are only approximately 1,100 pages of instructions for completing ONE assessment? Trust us – it can happen to anyone! Obviously with that many instructions combined with the complex clinical situations that occur in our long-term care world, it is not a surprise when we get stumped, or an MDS response is challenged by a surveyor. In this 60-minute webinar on March 30, 2017, at 2 PM ET, we will cover the most common coding errors and how some errors can impact more than just the MDS.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the most common coding errors in the various sections of the MDS
  • Delineate the keys to determine when to do what assessment, and when to combine assessments and when to not
  • Describe the concept of flexibility in setting the ARD for some MDSs
  • Review the impact of three common coding errors and the possible impact on reimbursement or Quality Measure triggered outcomes

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Jane Belt has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Breaking News: Technical Specs on Upcoming Changes to the MDS 10/1/2017


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: February 22, 2017
Speaker: Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

October 1 will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to be prepared for all of the changes to the MDS! In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll get a review of the updates that are to appear in section N and P on the MDS 3.0. More importantly, you’ll also get to see the clinical significance of those new items and what part they may play in the revised and updated restraint, pharmacy services requirements, and person-centered care planning. So join us for a discussion of the technical specs and let’s do some proactive thinking so that October 1 does not sneak up on you!

Objectives:

  • Delineate the new MDS 3.0 items in Sections N and P that are to become effective on October 1, 2017
  • Review specifications as to the item sets impacted by the new MDS 3.0 items
  • Discuss the importance of and strategies about the new items and the influence they may have on your MDS accuracy

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Jane Belt has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

NACs, Do You Know How the Mega-Rule Will Change Your Job?


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: January 18, 2017
Speaker: Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-CT

The Mega-Rule is a CMS Final Rule that effects many SNF regulations, including person-centered care plans, resident rights, discharge, and PASRR. Several of these changes will impact the role of the NAC. Join us as we breakdown the Mega-Rule and explore which areas will potentially impact the RAI process. We will guide you through understanding these changes and how to best integrate the new regulations into your workflow.

This webinar will help you:

  • Understand the basics of the Mega-Rule
  • Detail areas of the Mega-Rule which will have the largest impact on the role of NAC and the RAI process
  • Identify ways to integrate the regulation changes into current processes and workflow

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Jessie McGill has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The Final MDS 3.0 RAI Manual is Here


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.5 CE hours
Recording Date: September 8, 2016
Speaker: Amy Franklin RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

This year’s MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual update is packed full of changes, from a new item set (the Medicare Part A PPS Discharge Assessment), to nuanced changes in coding related to the new Change in Therapy unscheduled assessment, to an entirely new section in the MDS (Section GG!). These changes are big! The new Section GG, for example, introduces entirely new concepts to the MDS in the form of admission and discharge performance and discharge goals, and terms like “usual performance” and “helper.” In addition to covering the big changes, AANAC will also clarify the numerous miscellaneous changes to chapters 2 and 3. Join AANAC on this webinar to learn what you need to know about the new items and updates.

This webinar will prepare you with the skills to:

  • Expertly schedule and manage the new MDS item set “Medicare Part A PPS Discharge Assessment”
  • Integrate new definitions into daily practice to accurately code Section GG
  • Implement the nuanced scheduling rules introduced by the Change in Therapy unscheduled assessment
  • Identify the miscellaneous changes of the RAI manual that impact your daily coding practices, including section J, M and others

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Amy Franklin has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

What's New? What's Changed? Urgent Updates to QM Manual


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hours
Recording Date: May 26, 2016
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT

The much-anticipated MDS 3.0 Quality Measures User’s Manual v10.0 has been released, with detailed specifications for the Quality Measures (QMs) effective April 1, 2016. There are some interesting additions and changes to the manual bringing coding accuracy to the forefront for nursing facilities. Many facility staff are struggling with poor outcomes being directly reported to the public via Quality Measures. However, many of these outcomes are related to data inaccuracies causing nursing homes to look as though they don't provide quality care. This session will focus on vulnerabilities with coding the newly added QM’s to help ensure accurately reported outcomes.

This webinar will help you:

  • Describe the components needed to calculate each new Quality Measure
  • List 4 specific Quality Measure vulnerabilities related to MDS accuracy
  • Discuss clinical system practices needed for achieving competitive Quality Measures

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Five Ways You Could Be Miscoding Pressure Ulcers


Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hours
Recording Date: March 21, 2016 
Speaker: Carol Maher, RN, BSN, RAC-CT

Take control of wound healing by learning about pressure ulcer staging to help produce positive wound outcomes. Master assessment skills and learn how to identify pressure ulcers and their accompanying risk factors. This session will arm the novice with strong assessment skills to help identify and stage pressure ulcers and will enhance the skills of those with experience.

This webinar will help you:

  • Help prevent pressure ulcers before they happen by knowing the risk factors
  • Keep your documentation accurate by identifying the correct staging of pressure ulcers
  • Never again question whether you’re correctly coding "present on admission"
  • Understand the anatomy of a pressure ulcer bed by identifying the tissue types that may be present
  • Ensure effective care planning by recognizing the MDS items that trigger Quality Measures for long-stay and short-stay residents

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Carol Maher has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Understanding the MOST Complicated PPS Scheduling Rules: COTs, EOTs, and Short Stays

Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing education: This webinar is eligible for 1.5 CE hours
Recording date: July, 2015

You may know the basics of tracking and management of COTs, EOTs, SOTs and other Medicare required payment assessments, but what about the really complicated scheduling scenarios? This 90-minute webinar, presented by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT, will give you the skills you need to navigate the most complex PPS assessment scheduling scenarios.

In just 90 minutes you will:

  • Feel confident in managing an often intimidating, complex process by understanding the new regulations for managing Change of Therapy (COT)
  • Consistently earn accurate therapy reimbursement by knowing the rules for completing an End of Therapy (EOT) and EOT when therapy resumes (EOT-R)
  • Obtain the correct RUG for your residents by correctly applying the 8 Short Stay rules to capture payments effectively
  • Prepare yourself for complex billing scenarios by practicing COT, EOT, and Short Stay rules in real-world case studies
  • Avoid default or provider liability for the care you provide, manage overall risk, and provide sufficient documentation by knowing how to manage complex scheduling scenarios effectively

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Carol Maher has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

IS IT SKILLED? Managing the Medicare A Benefit

Members: $39  |  Non-members: $59
Recording date
: July, 2014

During this 60- minute webinar, AANAC Master Teacher, Judi Kulus, discusses what Medicare A skilled service is and how to determine if a resident qualifies for coverage. Receive straight forward tips to help you manage the process and examples of decision making and documentation requirements. Learn how to better meet the needs of your residents, shore up your coverage system, and minimize the potential for payment denials.

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.