Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage

HHS Distributes Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will be releasing Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Phase 4 consists of $17 billion for providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic. HHS has also created an option for reconsideration of Phase 3 awards and extended the due date for the first PRF Reports, formerly due on September 30, 2021, by 60 days. It is also possible rural SNFs and assisted living communities may be eligible for the $8.5 for rural providers.

Consistent with the requirements included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, PRF Phase 4 payments will: 

  • ​Be based on providers’ lost revenues and coronavirus-related expenditures between July 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. 
  • Reimburse smaller providers—who tend to operate on thin margins and often serve vulnerable or isolated communities—for their lost revenues and COVID-19 expenses at a higher rate compared to larger providers. 
  • Also include bonus payments for providers who serve Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare patients, who tend to be lower income and have greater and more complex medical needs. 
    • HRSA will price these bonus payments at the generally higher Medicare rates for Medicaid and CHIP patients to ensure equity for those serving low-income children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and seniors.​

Similarly, HRSA will make American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural payments to providers based on the amount of Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare services they provide to patients who live in rural areas as defined by the HHS Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Accordingly, ARP rural payments will also generally be based on Medicare reimbursement rates.


CDC and CMS Guideline Updates

CDC Updates Infection Prevention & Control Guidance for Healthcare Settings: Today, the CDC updated its infection prevention and control guidance for healthcare settings, Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More

CMS Updates Testing Guidance: Today, CMS updated their previous requirements around testing. Read More

CMS Updates COVID-19 Billing Guidance - No changes to 3-Day Stay or Spell of Illness Waiver Policy: This week, CMS u​pdated MLN Matters Article SE20011 titled Medicare FFS Response to the PHE on COVID-19Read More

 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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