Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tap the Expertise of Board Certified RNs to Improve Success

Dave Kyllo

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

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.

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2016 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 may experience similar results by increasing their RNs’ gerontological expertise.

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 ANCC 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).

Assisted living providers 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.

Strengthen your position in the marketplace by demonstrating your geriatric nursing expertise. Check out AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep today.

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