NMHCA Spotlight
NMHCA 64th Annual Convention and Expo: Full List of Education Sessions Released!

NMHCA/NMCAL released the full list of educational offerings for 64th Annual Convention & Expo, Quality Trek! Our educational sessions will offer innovative ideas to continue to improve the quality of life and quality of care for New Mexico's frail elderly and disabled. You may download the full program and registration form here!

NMHCA Advocates
NMHCA Presents to Interim Legislative Health & Human Services Committee

NMHCA Executive Director Jason Espinoza participated on a panel presentation before the interim Legislative Health & Human Services Committee in Silver City, NM, alongside NM Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher and Deputy Director Health Facilities Licensure & Certification Chris Burmeister. Jason focused his remarks on the quality initiatives that NMHCA and our member facilities have embarked on the last several years. He highlighted several quality indicators where New Mexico nursing home facilities perform better than the national average, including lower re-hospitalization rates for both short and long-stay residents, elimination of physical restraint usage, which is at .1% compared to .4 nationally, as well as the 25% decrease in off-label antipsychotic usage in New Mexico facilities since 2012.

LTC Policy Points
Patient-Driven Payment Model – An Overview, AHCA Priority Comments, and Outlook for the Final Rule.

On July 16, 2018, at 12:00 noon MDT,  AHCA staff experts will offer an overview of CMS’ proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and highlight AHCA comment areas that are of most importance to members. AHCA also will provide an outlook for what may be contained in the final rule. The webinar will be recorded and archived, and no CE credit is available.

Speakers: Mike Cheek, Senior Vice President, Reimbursement and Dan Ciolek, Associate Vice President, Therapy Services, AHCA.

Registration link:   

NMHCA Connects
National Assisted Living Week: September 9-15

Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinct aspect of long-term care. “Capture the Moment” is this year's theme for National Assisted Living Week, which hopes to inspire residents to realize their dreams and seize the day.

You're ready to "Capture the Moment" this National Assisted Living Week (NALW), but how do you share that with others? Check out the NALW Media Toolkit for ideas on how to spread the word about your unique residents, your dedicated staff, your contributions to the larger community, and the special moments you create every day. Download sample materials and find tips at

This year, we recommend you invite a local reporter to your big event, send out a press release highlighting your community's unique programs, or send a letter to the editor sharing your AL community's holistic approach to person-centered care.

Upcoming Events & Trainings
2018 Annual Convention
Registration Program
August 15-17, 2018
Isleta Resort & Casino

Certified Medication Aide
September 11-21, 2018

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
NMHCA Opportunities

Best of the Best Awards - Nominations Due Monday, July 16 by 5:00 pm!

NMHCA/NMCAL's annual awards program is designed to recognize and honor individuals in the long-term Care profession that have outstanding skills, dedication, loyalty, creativity, and an extraordinary commitment to teamwork in their day-to-day routine. While a simple “thank you” or pat on the back is always appreciated, a creative employee recognition program is the key to incentivizing and motivating employees. The Best of the Best Awards offer the opportunity to really celebrate your nominees and winners throughout convention! Don't delay; nominations are open through, Monday, July 16, 2018. Download the nomination form here.

Convention & Expo Sponsorship Opportunities

The Annual Convention & Expo is the single largest gathering of LTC professionals in New Mexico. Attendees include healthcare facility owners, nurses, directors, administrators, and management.

The Convention & Expo is the perfect opportunity to raise your visibility within the LTC industry and network with other LTC professionals. Take a look at our Sponsorship Opportunities. Contact Jason Espinoza at or Tracy Alter at to become a sponsor today!

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