Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Maximize Your RN’s Talent to Reduce Rehospitalizations and Antipsychotic Use


David Kyllo
Hospitals are keeping a close watch on their Medicare patients to ensure that they are not readmitted within 30 days of discharge, including those hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries who live in assisted living settings.  

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL this summer 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. AHCA/NCAL believes that assisted living settings will experience similar results by increasing their RNs’ gerontological expertise. 

Hospitals face having Medicare reimbursements withheld if their rehospitalization rates are too high. In October 2018, SNFs also will face financial consequences if their rehospitalization rates are too high. Managing rehospitalization rates has become a key part of a successful assisted living business strategy in caring for the elderly in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

AHCA/NCAL researchers also found that the off-label antipsychotic use in nursing facilities with at least one RN certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) were an average three to four percent lower than the national average in each quarter calendar years 2012 through 2015. Reducing off-label antipsychotic use is one of the goals in the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. 

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 two more weeks through November 30 for AHCA/NCAL Members. End 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. Remember to enter promo code STARS2016 by November 30 and save $100 off the registration fee.  

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