2021 Conference Recordings: NAC Hot Topic Bundle

Experience the best of the AAPACN 2021 Conference. The AAPACN 2021 Conference Recorded Sessions are bundled into two separate packages – the Nurse Leader Hot Topic Bundle and the NAC Hot Topic Bundle. Each bundle includes education sessions from leaders and experts in the LTPAC field. Session recordings are a compilation of digital audio and video recordings and synchronized slides - all accessible in your AAPACN Learner Dashboard for up to one year.

The NAC Hot Topic Bundle provides the opportunity to earn up to 7.5 ANCC continuing education hours (CEs) for viewing these recorded sessions. Session titles are as follows:

  • Fact or Fiction? GG Outcomes – What’s the Story?
  • Beyond Section GG: Are Therapy and Nursing Speaking the Same Language?
  • Why the Right Diagnosis Code Matters
  • To IPA or Not IPA – A Very Important Question
  • Uncovering Things Missed Under PDPM
  • Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Updates
  • On-Demand Conference Session: Fact or Fiction? GG Outcomes – What’s the Story?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Post-acute care faces a very real challenge -- negative outcome reporting, which tells a story to CMS and the public that SNF providers do not achieve expected outcomes. But is the data fact or fiction? If fact, we will discuss evidence-based practice solutions to drive quality improvement and GG outcomes.  If fiction, we will review the process of collecting section GG data and discuss a systematic approach to gathering usual performance at admission and discharge to avoid negative outcome reporting. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Identify section GG data trends and review how to interpret the information
    • Utilize a case study approach to determine accuracy of GG scores
    • Operationalize GG data collection using a collaborative, systematic approach
    • Understand evidence-based solutions to improving functional outcomes

    Casey Lee, Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Director of Quality Improvement & Education


    Casey Lee is a physical therapist and wellness enthusiast. She received her PT doctorate at the Medical College of Virginia and has dedicated her career to the aging adult population. In addition to supporting and educating therapists of all disciplines on quality improvement initiatives and outcomes, she uses her passion for injury prevention and illness risk management to develop evidence-based, measurable wellness programs for multiple adult settings.

    As the Director of Quality Improvement & Education with QRM, Dr. Lee uses QRP data trends and outcomes reporting to guide clinical program development and training initiatives for in-house rehab teams. On the weekends, you'll likely find Casey running or cycling outdoors and teaching group fitness classes to all ages.

    Corey Pauley

    Director of Product & Software Engineering


    Corey Pauley oversees the product roadmap and software development at SimpleLTC. As the primary designer and architect of SimpleAnalyzerTM, SimpleLTC's MDS and QM analytics software, Corey has an in-depth, hands-on knowledge of how MDS-based function scores work. Corey is a motivated programming nerd and an unabashedly self-identified geek. He started programming as a hobby when he was a teenager and continues to relish the fact that he can enjoy "work."

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Beyond Section GG: Are Therapy and Nursing Speaking The Same Language?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Communication has never been more important between therapy and nursing. PDPM has brought urgency to better communication within the interdisciplinary team. Learn how therapy and nursing use different language to address patient care and what you can do to help break the barrier. During this session, we will focus on improving communication and collaboration among the IDT between the short-term rehab patient and post-acute care resident. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Describe common communication barriers between therapy and nursing.
    • Define the difference between Jimmo (maintenance therapy) and (nursing) maintenance
    • Identify different collaboration tools and communication opportunities the IDT can use

    Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT

    AVP of Clinical Innovation

    Paragon Rehabilitation

    Liz graduated from Western Kentucky University with an Associate's degree and Bachelor's degree in nursing. She is a Certified Rehab Registered Nurse who has worked in the SNF Industry for over 26 years, with more than 22 of those years working with therapy contract services.

    She has worked a variety of roles including Case Manager, Marketing, Senior Director of Quality and VP of Clinical Services. Her passion is education and enjoys training clients and team members to regulatory and clinical updates. Liz's role with Paragon includes customer engagement and education, with a focus on new business.

    She just completed 4 years with the Kentuckiana Multiple Sclerosis Board and is now slated to be on the AAPACN Board of Directors beginning July 2021. She also currently serves on the AAPACN Expert Advisory Panel for NACs.

    Mark McDavid, OTR, RAC-CT, CHC


    Seagrove Rehab Partners

    Mark is president of Seagrove Rehab Partners and is an experienced leader with a proven track record of dynamically growing rehab operations for long-term care providers. He created the In-House Therapy Alliance to help single skilled nursing facilities and small chains receive the ongoing clinical expertise and operations support that is often missing in such settings. Mark'€™s knowledge and its application to business strategies has earned national recognition, including appointment to AAPACN's Expert Advisory Panel for NACs and two terms as board member-at-large for the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies, where he currently leads the SNF special interest group.

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Why the Right Diagnosis Code Matters

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    The skilled nursing environment has undergone many radical changes over the last 12-months. Providers are scrambling to determine what is considered the new norma‘ given the impact that COVID-19 had on PDPM. During this session, we will review requirements for primary diagnosis coding and its effect on PDPM reimbursement, as well as illustrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to documentation and avoiding revenue recoupment. You will receive a take-away tool for COVID-19 diagnosis coding. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Explain the requirements for coding primary diagnosis in the MDS assessment
    • Discuss the impact that the primary diagnosis has on reimbursement in each component of PDPM
    • Illustrate how an interdisciplinary approach may assist in avoiding revenue recoupment
    • Understand examples of proper and improper primary diagnosis coding and the impact (take-away tool)

    Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, QCP-MT


    Celtic Consulting

    Maureen is the president of Celtic Consulting, LLC and the CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP; a post discharge care management service provider. She has been a registered nurse for 30 years with experience as an MDS coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director, and a Medicare biller. She is a recognized leader and expert in clinical reimbursement in the skilled nursing facility environment. She is the immediate past-president for the Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers, the Medicare & MDS 3.0 Advisor for the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities (CAHCF), and an advisor to the J13 Medicare contractor National Government Services Provider Advisory Group. She is also an editorial advisor for HCPro, a national publisher for post-acute care providers, as well as an advisor to the New York State Healthcare Facilities Association. She is a board member of the American Association of Post-Acute Nurses (AAPACN) and is an Expert Advisory Panel member for AANAC.Maureen is dually certified in both the resident assessment process and QAPI by nationally recognized organizations and holds Master Teacher status in both. McCarthy’s fifth publication on Medication Reconciliation is due out in Fall of 2018.

  • On-Demand Conference Session: To IPA or Not IPA – A Very Important Question

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Skilled nursing facilities are missing the opportunity for higher Medicare reimbursement that could be realized by completing optional IPAs, because MDS coordinators and the Medicare teams are not fluent in understanding which resident changes would result in higher PDPM payment if an IPA were completed. PDPM is complex with six different payment components. In this session, we will focus on resident events and services that often increase reimbursement in the nursing and NTA components, providing a better understanding of IPA opportunities. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Pinpoint which two of the PDPM components provide the highest reimbursement
    • Identify nursing services that provide high utilization and, therefore, higher reimbursement
    • Report the components of the PDPM HIPPS codes and how to identify the nursing case mix group
    • Describe strategies for setting ARDs for IPAs and how the ARD impacts reimbursement   

    Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT, RAC-MT, CPC

    Director of Education

    Hansen Hunter & Co. P.C.

    Carol Maher is a board certified gerontological registered nurse with over 30 years long-term care experience who has worked in long-term care in many roles. She worked as the MDS coordinator in a 300-bed skilled nursing facility in Pennsylvania for eight years before moving to CA to become the MDS coordinator/director for a 1200-bed skilled nursing facility in San Francisco. She has also worked as the MDS coordinator in a skilled nursing facility that typically had 60-75 residents on Medicare daily, in addition to 160 long-term care residents. Most recently, she was the senior vice president of utilization services and director of reimbursement for large multi-facility organizations.

    Carol has worked as one of the Gold Standard Nurses for MDS 3.0, serving on the RAP workgroup to prepare the way for the CAAs for MDS 3.0, and participating on a number of Technical Expert Panels related to MDS, Quality Measures, and care planning. A sought-after speaker, she has given presentations at AANAC, AHCA, and LeadingAge national conferences as well as many state organization presentations. She is also a frequent author of articles related to the RAI process and PPS. Carol served as a member of the AANAC Board of Directors for nine years. She is presently serving on the AANAC Expert Advisory Panel and as an AANAC Master Teacher. Ms. Maher is the director of education for Hansen Hunter & Co., providing MDS and Medicare classes across the country, presenting monthly educational webinars, and completing compliance audits. She is the author of the Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide (HCPRO 2016).

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Uncovering Things Missed Under PDPM

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    In October 2019, our Medicare payment system endured a transition from RUGs to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). While we may have expected to wake up in the beautiful world of PDPM, with a simple assessment schedule and a methodology based on resident characteristics—we realized that we may have underestimated all the little nuances that came along with it. With a few other hiccups along the way, namely COVID-19, we may finally have the chance to step back, focus on the details, and see what we missed capturing during the first year of the new payment model. In this session, we will dissect missed opportunities under PDPM and provide tips for repairing and rebuilding systems for more success in the future. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Compare missed opportunities in section GG coding when documentation is collected from a limited source versus collecting from all available sources
    • Investigate the impact of the depression end-split in the nursing component of PDPM through case-study examples
    • Identify common mistake made when selecting ICD-10-CM codes
    • Illustrate opportunities that can be captured when digging deeper into the medical record, requesting additional records, and querying the physician.
    • Distinguish occasions when restorative nursing can appropriately be initiated and captured under PDPM

    Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-CT

    Curriculum Development Specialist


    Jessie is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC.  Previously Jessie worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states including nearly 300 living centers.  She has more than 17 years of long -term care experience including restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialists, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement.   
    Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Updates

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Recent dramatic challenges which occurred in 2020 have affected many regulatory requirements and outcomes, and the focus will continue to change as the country and the post-acute care industry recovers to what will be our new normal. During this fast-paced session, the speaker will provide information and potential action items regarding survey and certification protocols and operational challenges, including numerous changes in regulations, regulatory interpretations, citation trends, and operational norms. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Understand current regulatory requirements and challenges including new transmittals, guidance, and other issuances from CMS and the CDC 
    • Recognize the need for proactively addressing facility challenges facing the post-acute care industry
    • Understand the current environment including litigation, financial challenges, regulatory sanctions and fraud, and abuse

    Janet Feldkamp, RN, BSN, LNHA, CHC, JD


    Benesch Attorneys at Law

    Janet focuses her law practice in the area of healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification, state and federal regulation, physician and nurse practice, and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers, and physicians.

    She retains active licenses as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. Janet is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages, a monthly newspaper for long-term care practitioners, and is a frequent writer and speaker on health law and related topics, particularly in the area of long-term care. She is a coauthor of Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, 2015, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

    Janet was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and her BSN from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Columbia Bar Association, and Ohio State Bar Association. She is the past president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys.