Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage
Last Chance for the 2021 Live Safety Code
September 27-28, 2021
In-person at NMHCA/NMCAL Training Center

Register Here
AHCA  Updates
AHCA/Webinar Tomorrow:
CMS released an interim final rule requiring direct care workers in Medicare and Medicaid-certified health care settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its vaccine requirement for all employers with more than 100 employees.

AHCA/NCAL will host an all-member webinar tomorrow, Friday, November 5 at 1:30 PM Eastern, to provide an overview of these vaccine mandate rules, who is impacted by which, and how to get started with the implementation of either the CMS or the OSHA vaccine mandate. Registration is not required, but attendees are encouraged to log in 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar.
Attention Assisted Living Members! 

NCAL Strategic Planning Survey:
As mentioned the NCAL board will meet in early February to review the feedback received from the member survey, identify priorities, and most importantly conduct a series of brainstorming sessions targeted at developing strategies on how to support the states in addressing the members' most critical needs.
We encourage you to send your members the NCAL Strategic Planning Member Survey Link: with a deadline of November 8th that would be extremely helpful.
Now is the time for our members to have a seat at the table to help the NCAL board identify the short-term and long-term priorities. Any assistance you can provide in increasing participation is greatly appreciated.

NHSN Office Hours 
Comagine Health will host ongoing open office hours sessions for nursing home staff.  These sessions are designed to answer questions, offer opportunities for discussion, and provide on the spot technical support pertaining to NHSN reporting or vaccinations for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP).
Register for any of the sessions HERE.
  • Friday, November 5 at Noon MT
  • Tuesday, November 16 at 1:30PM MT
  • Friday, December 3 at 11:30AM MT
  • Tuesday December 14 at 1:30PM MT
Free COVID-19 Training and Resources for Nursing Homes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management is a great resource for nursing home staff to put the latest information regarding infection control, COVID-19 preparedness, resident-centered care, vaccine distribution, and other important topics into practice.   
These resources were designed to help nursing home teams access the free, on-demand trainings and celebrate the staff who complete them. Materials include:   
  • A one-stop-shop User Guide (also available in Spanish) contains everything your nursing home needs to access and complete the training. The User Guide walks you through a pre-training checklist, registration, course selection, contacts and more.  
  • A Kudos Kit contains social media messages and graphics, a press release template, printable graphics and more to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of staff who take the critical step to complete the trainings. These items will help your teams celebrate their accomplishments internally, while also promoting them to families and community members, social media followers and local media.   
Access the materials here:
We strongly encourage centers to make this a required training for current staff and management and incorporate the training as part of a required onboarding process. 

 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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