Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Board Certified RNs Can Make a Difference in Reducing Rehospitalization Rates and Avoiding Withholds of Future Medicare Reimbursements

Dave Kyllo 

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL last year 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 will be key to success under the new CMS Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. 
CMS currently is tracking skilled nursing rehospitalization rates for the new SNF VBP programUnder the VBP program, claims for services furnished on or after Oct. 1, 2018, will be subject to a 2 percent withhold. Providers will have the opportunity to get some or all of this money back depending on how well they do in managing hospital readmissions, and meeting or exceeding performance standards.

SNFs will be rated on achievement against all other facilities nationally. SNFS will also be rated on their own improvement, comparing their rate during 2017 with their previous performance during 2015. CMS plans to use this metric to determine reimbursement rates in coming fiscal years.

The key metric for the program is known as the SNF 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Measure (SNFRM). SNFRM estimates a risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions of Medicare SNF beneficiaries within 30 days of discharge from their prior acute hospitalization. 

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. RNs who are interested can become board certified for less than $1,100 ($690 for AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep and a separate $395 to take the ANCC exam). 

Skilled nursing centers are encouraged to be proactive in reducing their rehospitalization rates by examining ANCC certification for their RN leaders.  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. 

Secure your future for success under the new VBP program.  Check out AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep today.

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