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AANAC 2015 Annual Conference & Summit Overview

June 2015
Author:  Carol Smith

Carol Smith

Managing Consultant


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In May, the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) held its 2015 annual conference in New Orleans. BKD was proud to support AANAC on several levels at this conference, including presenting educational sessions, as director members, participating as a vendor and sending professionals as attendees.

AANAC was founded in 1999 and has more than 14,000 members nationwide. Its mission is to improve the quality of care and life for residents and patients by providing accurate and timely information, education and networking and advocacy opportunities for health care professionals.

(Note:  In the interest of full disclosure, I also serve on AANAC’s national board of directors.)

The AANAC conference is always a great opportunity to interact, mingle and network with national long-term care (LTC) leaders. The educational sessions covered numerous topics, including:

  • Managed Care
  • Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement
  • Billing Accuracy
  • MDS Focused Surveys
  • Five-Star & Quality Measures
  • Rehospitalizations
  • Pain Management
  • Dementia, Negative Behaviors & Regulations
  • Updates from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services

The wide range of topics offered a multitude of learning opportunities celebrating innovative solutions and industry leaders as well as providing education for hard-working nurses and other LTC staff—individuals who perform demanding physical and emotional work caring for residents, patients and family members.

AANAC also sponsored a one-day LTC Leadership Summit during the conference. This closed-group session included 23 prestigious national LTC leaders, representing both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. They included decision-makers, researchers and academicians, as well as executives from national nurse consulting firms, the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing and the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care.

Summit participants and an impartial facilitator spent the day discussing key challenges confronting the industry and charting a path forward to offer nurse leaders a voice in the future of the field. As AANAC said in a news release from the summit, “Decisions are being made for nursing—not by nursing.”

If you have questions on these topics, contact your BKD advisor.

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