• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.


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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • FREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Meaningful Conversations throughout the Course of Illness"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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Advanced Practice Nurses Play Key Role in Reducing Hospitalizations, Improving Resident Care

Researchers from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing are continuing to see success in their work to improve quality of care in nursing homes.

In 2016, a federal report found the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI) reduced potentially avoidable hospitalizations 48% and reduced hospitalizations from all causes 33%.

This reduced total Medicare expenses $1,376 per person, saving 33% of the costs of all-cause hospitalizations and 40% of potentially avoidable hospitalizations.

Launched in 2012, MOQI is a partnership among MU, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and state Medicaid programs initiated to improve care at 40 nursing facilities in the St. Louis area.

Based on MOQI’s latest results, it is estimated that if APRNs were able to work in each one of Missouri’s 500 nursing homes, Medicare costs for the more than 39,000 nursing home residents would be reduced by approximately $53.9 million each year.

Overall, the report on MOQI’s progress found evidence of the initiative’s effectiveness in reducing hospital inpatient admissions, emergency room visits, and hospitalization-related Medicare expenses. The second phase of the initiative is now underway, with researchers looking to help other nursing homes in Missouri and other states implement the successful program.

View the final report.

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