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State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage

NALW – ahcancalED Sale – Don’t Miss Out!

The 2021 National Assisted Living Week (NALW) is coming up soon!  To celebrate, ahcancalED is holding a sale September 8-19 on groundbreaking assisted living educational trainings. This sale features 20 percent off select ahcancalED trainings of interest to assisted living providers when they use promo code ALWEEK when registering. 

The sale on these five trainings is available to all AHCA/NCAL skilled nursing and ID/DD providers too. While we won’t be promoting it, non-members also will have access to the sale promo code but the 20% discount applies to the non-member prices for these products which are much higher. 

Attached are a sale flyer, banner and social media post to promote the sale. We encourage state affiliates to share the flyer with all their members and post the banner on their websites. As a reminder, all state affiliates automatically receive 40 percent of AHCA/NCAL’s net revenue on the sale of these products. 

Learn more:

If your facility is planning events around National Assisted Living Week, please send any photos or videos to NMHCA/NMCAL to feature on our social media pages. 

Best of the Best
Press Release


Contact: Lily Quezada,


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexico Health Care Association/New Mexico Center for Assisted Living (NMHCA/NMCAL) announced the recipients of its 2021 Best of the Best Awards recognizing long-term care staff throughout New Mexico. The award program recognizes remarkable individuals for their professional service and dedication to residents as they advance excellence in New Mexico’s long-term care facilities.

“We’re honored to be able to recognize the work and dedication of our long-term care workers in New Mexico,” said Vicente Vargas, Executive Director at NMHCA/NMCAL. “As the backbone of long-term care, these individuals represent what it means to promote individual quality of life for our most vulnerable population with compassion and care.”
For the 2021 awards, caregivers from throughout New Mexico were nominated in 11 categories: Administrative Support, Administrator of the Year, Direct Caregiver, Director of Nursing, Licensed Nurse, Manager, Nurse Manager, Resident Support, Social Services, Support Services, and Volunteer. The nominees were judged based on their contributions to the residents, peers, and families in their day-to-day activities.

The 2021 Best of the Best recipients are:
Best Licensed Nurse – Dominic Pele, Skies Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
Best Director of Nursing – Vanessa Rodriguez, Skies Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
Best Resident Support – Linh McGovern, Skies Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
Best Administrative Support – Karen Romero, Lakeview Christian Home
Best Direct Caregiver – Samantha Benally, San Juan Center
Best Support Services – Cassandra White, San Juan Center

Las Cruces
Best Volunteer – Carolyn Scott, The Village at Northrise
Best Nurse Manager – Cindy Myers, The Village at Northrise
Best Social Services – Victoria Garcia, The Village at Northrise
Santa Fe
Best Manager – Margarita Vasquez, Santa Maria El Mirador
Best Direct Caregiver – Jennifer Salvidrez, Sierra Vista
Best Administrator – Amanda Aragon, Vista Hermosa
Established in 1954, NMHCA is a non-profit professional trade association that represents nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICF/MR) and assisted living facilities in the state of New Mexico.

 Got Text? 
NMHCA/NMCAL rolled out our newest member service—text notifications--earlier this year. This allows us to send you a text to let you know when something important is released, such as new guidance, a data collection request, etc. While this information is typically sent out in the Bulletin, we understand that you may not always have time to read through them to determine what is important for you or sometimes, you might simply forget it came out when you have time to go through your emails. A text will serve as a reminder that there is something that may need your attention. Save the number, (833) 589-0341, in your phone as NMHCA/NMCAL so you don't miss a thing

Members need to opt in to be included, so if you or anyone in your facility would like to receive text notices, please email cell phone numbers, names, and titles to NMHCA/NMCAL at

Long-term Care Poster

NMHCA/NMCAL developed the attached poster to assist facilities in communicating the differences in guidance and direction for assisted living and nursing facilities from the general public. We invite you to print as many copies as you'd like and post them around the areas or send them to families, so they have a clear understanding of the guidance you are required to follow. 

Reporting Information

Click here to download State Reporting Requirements

  • Report possible COVID-19--505-837-0006.
  • NM Division of Health Improvement Incident Reporting: (800) 752-8649
  • Vaccine breakthrough reporting -  505-827-0006. 
  • Report staff and resident vaccines to the State every Monday using the following link,


2021 Workshops

All workshops are currently planned as
in-person events. 

2021 Live Safety Code
September 27-28, 2021
In-person at NMHCA/NMCAL Training Center

Register Here

Passenger Assistance/MVO Trainer Course

October 19-20, 2021
In-person training at NMHCA/NCAL

Register Here

Certified Medication Aide Training
October 26 - November 5, 2021
In-person training at NMHCA/NCAL

Register Here

Activity Director Training

November 8-12, 2021
In-person training at NMHCA/NCAL

Register Here

Registration is now open for the 
72nd AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo 
October 10-13 at the National Harbor outside Washington, DC. 


PPE Ordering Information

Requests for PPE should submit Form ICS 213RR to your local Emergency Manager.

Download Emergency Manager List here 

PPE Ordering Process/instructions

NMHCA Staff Contact Information

Vicente Vargas, Executive Director,, 505-710-8560

Patricia Whitacre, RN, Director of Clinical and Quality Services,, 505-301-3085

Tracy Alter, Senior Director of Member Services,, 505-440-3806

AHCA/NCAL Online Training

 ICD-10 Training for PDPM — CODER

ICD-10 Training for PDPM— NON-CODER

Understanding SNF VBP in Detail

Infection Preventionist Specialized Training - IPCO

The popular ahcancalED Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is on sale through October 31, 2020.  Registrants can save $50 off the regular registration price this month by using promo code IPCO2020 when they register. 
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