NMHCA Advocates
Value Based Purchasing

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) is working towards initiating a program to implement the Value Based Purchasing (VBP) requirements for the Medicaid Centennial Care 2.0 contract. NMHCA's Payment & Managed Care Commitee will serve in the role of Provider Advisory Group during HSD's VBP development process.

The first meeting with HSD will take place on October 19th and will include an overview of the Medicaid QIHA VBP program and a brainstorming session to develop the basic principles for New Mexico VBP strategies for nursing facilities.

If you are interested in participating in providing guidance in the development of New Mexico's VBP program, please email Jason Espinoza at

NMHCA Opportunities
National Committee Positions

The American Health Care Association is looking for members from New Mexico to participate on national committees.

Committees include: Reimbursement, Clinical Practice, Customer Experience, Emergency Preparedness, Quality Improvement, Survey/Regulatory, Workforce, and many more.

If you are interested in learning more about national committees or serving on a national committee, please email Jason Espinoza at

LTC Policy Points
NM Medicaid Web Portal Notice: Error Message Preventing Claims Submission – Update

Conduent reported an issue has been identified in the claims data entry for providers submitting claims using either the CMS-1500 or Dental template on the NM Medicaid Web Portal. Some claims are posting a “Line 1” error message that is preventing a successful claims submission. Conduent stated they are actively working on a solution, but in the meantime, providers can create a new claim and successfully submit without using the existing saved templates on file.

If you have any questions related to this, please contact the HIPAA Helpdesk for assistance at 1-800-299-7304, option 6, then 4.

NMHCA Connects
NMHCA Tours Member Facilities

This week, NMHCA Board President Kelley Whitaker and NMHCA Executive Director Jason Espinoza traveled to Alamogordo and Las Cruces to visit with current members and prospective members to learn more about their facilities, residents, and how NMHCA can continue to evolve to better serve member needs. We thank NMHCA members Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center and Good Samaritan Society – Betty Dare for their kind hospitality, tours of their facilities, and for being a dedicated member of NMHCA.

Jason also traveled to Laguna to visit NMHCA member Laguna Rainbow Nursing Home. NMHCA thanks Kathy Correa for her hospitality and welcomes her to the NMHCA 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

NMHCA is working hard to directly connect with you in your community. If you haven't heard from NMHCA about setting up a facility visit, please email Jason at

Upcoming Events & Trainings
Life Safety Code
September 24-25, 2018

Passenger Assistance Trainer Course
October 22-23, 2018

40-Hour Basic Course for Activity Directors
November 5-9, 2018

Crisis Standards of Care Training

The New Mexico Department of Health, Bureau of Health Emergency Management, is hosting symposiums across the state. You will be able to learn about Crisis Standards of Care based on evidence-based and literature review to include legal and ethical challenges, stakeholder engagement, critical resource management, medical surge- alternate care sites and systems, and integrating Access and Functional Needs population. Introduction of the CSC Plan is followed by “real-world” scenario-based discussion relative to New Mexico. There are several sessions statewide coming up including one on September 14 in Santa Rosa. You can see other sessions and register at You will need to search for Course ID 1079736. 

Centennial Care Events

The New Mexico Human Services Department will be hosting informative Centennial Care events around New Mexico. For a list of event dates and locations, please download the flyer here

CMS Dementia Management Training

Federal law requires that nurse aides complete in-service training on dementia management and resident abuse prevention. Additionally, facilities must provide dementia management and resident abuse prevention training to all facility staff (direct and indirect care and auxiliary functions), contractors, and volunteers. To aide facilities, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created a training series. 

The Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes was previously developed as an instructor-led training conducted by nursing home staff for nurse aides. The Hand in Hand training will now be available as a self-paced, online training and available to download for use as an instructor-led course. You can access both training programs through the links below. 

Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes Online

Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes Download

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