Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 
Facilities Should Pay attention to the Positivity Rate, not the color of their county.

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage

Annual Membership Meeting

The NMHCA/NMCAL Board of Directors has called for a meeting of the membership on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, beginning at 7:30 am at the Embassy Suites - Albuquerque located at 1000 Woodward NE. The primary purpose of this meeting is to elect the 21-22 Board of Directors. All member facilities may have 1 representative attend at no cost, but please RSVP so we can have accurate counts for space and breakfast.  Download the RSVP form here.

Got Text?

Earlier this year, NMHCA/NMCAL rolled out a texting service for members. Since we understand your time is limited and opening the many emails you receive daily is not always a priority, so, by opting in and providing your cell phone number, you will receive a notification via text when something important comes out, letting you know that you should take a look at it. 

Members must opt-in by submitting a request to be added to the text list to


2021 Annual New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Saturday, October 23rd at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Silent Auction: 5:30 - 7:00 Dinner: 7:00 pm with awards following. To nominate your nurses, click the link below! There is a new category this year: COVID 19 Response Team Award. This award will be given to your entire team, but at least one nurse must be included in the nomination.


CMS Proposes CY 2022 Medicare Physician Payment Rule

Late yesterday, CMS issued a proposed rule on payment policies for the calendar year (CY) 2022 under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Quality Payment Program and Other Revisions to Part B. The public comment period will close on September 13, 2021.

For CY 2022, CMS is proposing a conversion factor of $33.58, a decrease of $1.31 from the CY 2021 PFS conversion factor of $34.89. This proposed conversion factor takes into account the proposed budget neutrality adjustment to account for changes in relative value units required by law, and the expiration of the temporary 3.75% payment increase provided for CY 2021 by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. 

AHCA is still analyzing the proposed rule, but upon initial review, it appears that: 
  • Net Part B therapy payments will be reduced by approximately 2%, a significantly lower cut than expected.  
  • Proposed coding policy changes are intended to resolve problems with reporting Part B physical and occupational therapy assistant services on claims. This will minimize the impact of implementing therapy assistant payment adjustments that start in CY 2022.
  • Improvements to proposed policies and rates for SNF resident-related services, including portable x-ray, clinical lab, and vaccine administration.  
  • CMS proposes to extend the retention of all services added to the Medicare telehealth services list (including several physician and therapy services) on a temporary Category 3 basis beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency end date for further evaluation until the end of CY 2023, and favorably modify other related policies regarding coverage of other communications technology. 
  • CMS is proposing several modifications to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that may impact SNF providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations.
You can review the proposed physician fee schedule and supporting files on the CMS website. AHCA/NCAL will conduct a more in-depth review and share any further details and/or resources to assist members, if necessary.

For more information, please contact

OSHA ETS Comments Wanted - Deadline Extended

As you may be aware, effective June 21 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to address exposure to COVID-19 to workers in healthcare settings.  This healthcare ETS applies to skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID).  Compliance is required within 14 days (July 6) for most items and 30 days (July 21) for a few requirements.  Please visit the AHCA/NCAL website for a link to webinar for further details along with links to OSHA resources.
AHCA/NCAL is asking members to submit comments before the August 20 deadline.  Comments may be submitted online here.  Attached please find a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation with details about the ETS.  Priority areas outlined in the PowerPoint to include in comments are:
  • Recognizing Good Faith Efforts
  • Reporting to Other Employers
  • Consistent Guidance
  • Supports through Consultation
AHCA/NCAL is working on comments to submit as well.  We appreciate your efforts to lift the voices of long-term care on this important issue.
COVID19 Reminders
Question Submission Schedule

Due to the DoH requirement of questions being submitted to them 72 hours in advance, please remember to submit your questions to according to the following pattern. 
  • Nursing Facilities: By noon on the Thursday before the Monday call. 
  • Assisted Living Facilities: By noon on the Friday before the Wednesday
  • Intermediate Care Facilities: By noon on the Tuesday before the Friday call by noon. 

Infection Control Training

As a reminder, all facilities must take the State infection control training. This is in addition to other infection control programs your staff may have taken. The letter of direction can be found here, and instructions on accessing the training can be found here

Weekly State Vaccination Reporting:

Please visit to report this data immediately and every Monday by close of business. You will be reporting cumulative data each week, regardless of whether there are changes or not. 
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

2021 Convention and Exposition 
Embassy Suites - Albuquerque
August 18-20, 2021  

 Register Here!

Certified Medication Aide Training

October 26- November 5, 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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