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

Updated Letter of Direction and Home Health Guidance

Attached you will find the updated Letter of Direction and Guidance for Home Health

NMHCA/NMCAL Board Member Named NCAL Executive Director

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) announced today that LaShuan Bethea will become the new Executive Director on September 1, 2021. Bethea will join NCAL from Genesis HealthCare where she is currently serving as vice president of legislative affairs and reimbursement. She has also served on the NMHCA/NMCAL Board of Directors for a number of years. 

While NMHCA/NMCAL will miss her representation on our board, we look forward to working with her in her new role. 

For more information, please see the AHCA/NCAL press release. 

OSHA ETS Comments Wanted

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 July 21 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.


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.

NMHCA/NMCAL Announces Restraint Free Initiative End

In 2012, the NMHCA/NMCAL Board of Directors adopted the physical restraint-free initiate. Facilities were asked to demonstrate their commitment to quality by applying for certification and submitting to a rigorous inspection to verify all barriers to the resident's free movement had been eliminated.  23 NM nursing facilities became certified restraint-free facilities and committed to excellence. 

The Board voted today to end the initiative and asked the quality committee to look at other areas of quality improvement and introduce a new initiative. Any facility that would still like to become certified may submit an application no later than July 15, 2021. All new and current certified restraint-free facilities will be recognized at the 2021 Convention and Exposition.

You may find the application and process online at 
COVID19 Reminders
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  
 Save the Date!

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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