RNs are the backbone of clinical care in skilled nursing centers. CMS is making big changes to how nursing center performance is judged and how Medicare is going to reimburse nursing centers for their performance starting on October 1, 2018.
AHCA/NCAL completed research this summer comparing nursing facilities with RNs who have been certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) with nursing facilities nationwide. The analysis found that nursing facilities with at least one ANCC certified nurse are:
Twice as likely to receive an overall 5-Star rating from CMS (48% versus 24% nationally)
Experiencing lower rehospitalization rates (at least two percentage points lower than the national average since 2011)
Using fewer off-label antipsychotics (3-4 percentage points lower each quarter 2012 through 2015).
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 for one more week. Each RN registrant can save $100 off his/her Gero Nurse Prep 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).
Watch this video to learn more about AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep or click on the course preview to get a quick view of this engaging on-line curriculum designed to help RNs pass the ANCC exam.
Arm your RNs for success under the new CMS regulatory and Medicare reimbursement systems by enrolling them in AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep today. Remember to enter promo code STARS2016 by November 30 and save $100 off the registration fee.