Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ANCC Board Certified RNs Offer Pathway to Lower Rehospitalization Rates


Recent research conducted by AHCA/NCAL found that the rehospitalization rates in nursing facilities with at least one RN certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) consistently have run at least two percentage points lower than the national average since 2011. 

Lower rehospitalization rates are critical to being competitive in today’s health care marketplace and are the cornerstone of the new CMS value based purchasing program (VBP) for skilled nursing facilities. CMS will begin tracking SNF rehospitalization rates on January 1, 2017 for the new VBP Medicare payment program.    

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 increase the number of board certified RNs, AHCA/NCAL’s Gero Nurse Prep program is designed to help RNs prepare for and pass the ANCC gerontological certification exam. RNs who complete the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep program have a passing rate of 96 percent on the ANCC exam and receive 30 CEUs.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is on sale now and each RN registrant can save $100 off his/her Gero Nurse Prep registration by entering promo code STARS2016 (all caps) at checkout. That means RNs who are interested can become board certified for less than $1,000 ($590 sale price for AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep and a separate $395 to take the ANCC exam). 

Visit Dr. Heidi Keeler in Booth 710 at the AHCA/NCAL Expo Hall in Nashville to learn more about the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep program and the positive impact ANCC RN certification can have on quality outcomes in long term care facilities.

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