Infection Control Training
As you know, CMS Requirements of Participation, require all skilled nursing facilities to have a trained infection control specialist by November 2019. One of the key issues in infection control is the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections. According to a recent McKnight's article, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rolled out the second installment of a four-part training series on antibiotic stewardship. This installment focuses on outpatient antibiotic use, inappropriate antibiotic use, and communicating whether these medicines are necessary or not with patients.
New Mexico Statewide Immunization Registry
The New Mexico Department of Health will hold a public hearing on the adoption of a new rule, 7.5.5 NMAC, “New Mexico Statewide Immunization Registry” or NMSIIS, on September 13, 2018, in Santa Fe. The proposed rule will add sanctions to entities, including long-term care facilities, that may be non-compliant with reporting immunization information to the statewide registry.
NMSIIS reporting has been in effect for long-term care since 2013 and is mandatory for all immunization providers. If your facility has not already started immunization reporting, you must first contact the New Mexico Department of Health Help Desk at 1-800-280-1618 or 505-476-8526 and register, along with getting training for reporting any immunizations given by facility. To visit the NMSIIS website click here. A training video is available here.
For further information, please contact Pat Whitacre at the NMHCA office at 505-880-1088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.