AANAC Recorded Webinars

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.

See our schedule of upcoming live webinars.

As the MDS World Turns October 1, 2018 Updates, Changes, Clarifications - Part 1 and 2

Members: $38  |  Non-members: $118
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 2.0 CE hours
Recording Date: Sept. 11 and 13, 2018
Speaker: Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

The wait is over and the manual has arrived! AANAC is ready to discuss and review the CMS RAI User’s Manual updates that will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. As we are sure you have been hearing, there are many new items added to the MDS, in particular section GG. However, be aware there are other updates, changes, clarifications, transitions to optional state items, and even deletions that will impact your work. 

With so many changes this year, we are dividing up the content you need to know and spreading it out over two 60-minute webinars to help you absorb it all and answer your questions. It’s important to attend both webinars so you get the full picture of the updates and how they will affect your role as a NAC.

Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the overview of the changes impacting completion of the MDS effective Oct. 1, 2018

  • Delineate the additions to section GG that will impact the facility’s SNF Quality Reporting Program

  • Review the new items in section N, regarding drug regimen review and how that differs from the Requirements of Participation

  • Find additional resources available

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Jane Belt has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

PDPM Finalized: A Look at the Changes and a Plan for What's Ahead

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Aug. 14, 2018
Speaker: Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) has been finalized and will replace RUGs-IV Oct. 1, 2019. In the Final Rule, CMS made several important changes from the proposed model after receiving comments from AANAC, providers, and other stakeholders. During the webinar, we provide an overview of the PDPM and detail the changes made during final rule making.  Additionally, we look at a strategic plan and training that will keep you in the know and ready for implementation next October.

Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

  • Describe the changes made during final rule making to the PT and PT component, Interim Payment Assessment, and more

  • Develop a plan on how to be prepared for Oct. 1, 2019

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Jessie McGill has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Quality and Value: The Future of Medicare and Your Role Within It

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: July 10, 2018
Speaker: Maureen McCarthy, BS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT

With so much riding on quality and value, you and your team must understand how your facility is being evaluated based on these metrics and what efforts you can implement now to safeguard your success in the future.

This program will guide you through new healthcare reform efforts and alternate payment methods as CMS moves away from a resource utilization reimbursement system. Specifically, you will receive a review of the SNF VBP and SNF QRP programs and how these new programs will influence nursing documentation and Quality Reporting.

After attending this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Understand Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) and how the program is funded and monitored
  • Determine how facilities will be ranked based on their value
  • Know which measure is currently utilized for VBP
  • Differentiate between Five-Star and the Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP)
  • Define how quality relates to revenue

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Maureen McCarthy has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

FY 2019 SNF PPS Proposed Rule: RUGs-IV Replaced by New Payment Model

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.25 CE hours
Recording Date: May 15, 2018
Speakers: Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT

Say goodbye to RUGs-IV in 2019! The much-anticipated RCS-I system will not be released, but instead, CMS is proposing the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) to start in October 2019. During this webinar, we will explain the proposed system and discuss how it will impact the role of the NAC. Additionally, the SNF PPS proposed rule outlined policy changes to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and the Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) that become effective this fall. This must-attend webinar will provide valuable insights into these proposed changes and how the NAC can effectively prepare to face these monumental challenges.

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

  • Describe the components of the newly proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)
  • Review the proposed updates to the QRP program, including details of the section GG QMs, Drug Regimen Review, and more
  • Understand the calculation methodology for the VBP rehospitalization measure

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Jane Belt and Jessie McGill have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Breaking News: Technical Specs on Upcoming Changes to the MDS 10/1/2018

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Feb. 22, 2018
Speakers: Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT

Are you prepared for more than 20 new items in section GG? What about coding Drug Regimen Review? These are just a couple of the changes coming Oct. 1, 2018, that will take some time to be ready. In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll get a review of the updates that are to appear in sections GG, I, M, and N on the MDS 3.0. You will gain insight into how the Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) influences many of these changes. Most importantly, we will divulge what the technical specifications indicate about the RCS-I payment model! Join us for a discussion of the technical specs and let’s do some proactive thinking so that Oct. 1 does not sneak up on you!

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

  • Understand the new MDS 3.0 items in sections GG, N, and M that are to become effective on Oct. 1, 2018

  • Be aware of which MDS 3.0 items are being removed from the MDS and potential areas of impact

  • Know the connection between MDS changes and the Quality Reporting Program

  • Learn what the technical specifications tell us about RCS-I

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Jessie McGill has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

"To Be or Not to Be" Medicare Skilled

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Jan. 25, 2018
Speakers: Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

Do you find yourself asking or being asked the infamous question, “Is the resident skilled?” Making Medicare coverage decisions is a huge responsibility that can sometimes be very perplexing. This session will provide you and your team with the process of determining Medicare coverage, the defining points of skilled services, and tips for managing the clinical and financial integrity of the MDS and its key components.

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

  • Describe the elements of technical eligibility for Medicare Part A coverage

  • Identify the principles for determining whether a service is skilled

  • Detail when Medicare eligibility begins and ends

  • Delineate documentation needed to support skilled decisions and minimize denials

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Jane Belt has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The Wait is Over - Final MDS 3.0 RAI Manual is Here

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.5 CE hours
Recording Date: September 26, 2017
Speakers: Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT

Another sign of fall approaching is the annual release of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual updates. The changes in Version 1.15 are not as dramatic as last year, but enough for 348 replacement pages to get your manual in shape by October 1, 2017!

This is a 90-minute webinar to assist you with bringing your MDS skills up-to-date and ready to go. You’ll learn about some wording changes that may seem small, but will certainly impact coding, such as the addition of the word “major” to the definition of the Significant Change in Status, along with a couple new guidelines for determining a decline in function. CMS’s new ADL Self-Performance Rule of 3 Algorithm in section G, which will help with coding accuracy, will also be covered. You’ll hear about the many clarifications and updated examples for section GG, as well as a surprise with the revised criteria for coding the Urinary Tract Infection item (I12300) in section I. There will also be a review of the coding information for the new items for opioids and antipsychotic medication review in section N (Medications) and personal alarms in section P (Restraints and Alarms).

This webinar will prepare you with the skills to:

  • Better manage the MDS item set “Medicare Part A Discharge Assessment” and section GG – when to do what, what to code, and better understand the clarifications and examples that have been added

  • Integrate the new resources for the coding of a urinary tract infection into daily practice

  • Understand who needs to be involved in the process of completing and documenting the antipsychotic medication gradual dose reduction

  • Review the new requirements to code personal alarms and identify the changes to the RAI Manual that impact your daily coding practices

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Jane Belt and Jessie McGill have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The New Survey Process for the NAC

Members: $19 |  Non-members: $59
Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: July 28, 2017
Speaker: Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MT, CPC

The new survey process is scheduled to begin in all states November 28, 2017. This webinar will briefly describe the new survey process with a special focus on how the MDS data is used to develop the survey sample and how the NAC can prepare for the new survey process. Learn which MDS items will be survey-focused during the new survey process. The planned MDS updates for Sections N and P will fold into the new survey pathways. The webinar will give a brief overview of these two important changes to the MDS and their effects on survey and resident-centered care planning. Are your care plans resident-centered? Do you know the difference between a Baseline Care plan and a Comprehensive Care plan? Care plans will certainly be a focus of the new survey process. Be ready for the new survey process. Start now to prepare.

In this webinar, the speaker will:

  • State how the MDS will be used to develop the survey sample off-site
  • Explain how motion sensors can have the effect of restraining a resident
  • State the timeline for Baseline Care plans
  • Describe how the new 2017 Section N MDS items tie to the new regulations and the survey process

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Carol Maher has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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

Members: $19  |  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: $19  |  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.

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

Members: $19  |  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.

Five Ways You Could Be Miscoding Pressure Ulcers

Members: $19  |  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.