Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage
NM DOH Announcements
Notice of Upcoming Regulations for Long-Term Care Facility Dementia Training
The attached notice is to make long-term care facilities in New Mexico aware that new regulations will be written pursuant to the Long-Term Care Facility Dementia Training Act, 24-17B-1 NMSA. The rules will go into effect no later than December 31, 2021. The ACT requires long-term care facilities, whether dementia care is offered or not, to provide employees with state-approved dementia training. 

Sign Up to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider & talk to your patients about the vaccine today!

Healthcare providers, you are the most trusted source of information for your patients’ health decisions. Your strong recommendation to get a COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important factors in your patients’ decision to accept vaccination.

In order to provide COVID-19 vaccines, you must have a number of agreements in place with NMDOH and the CDC. NMDOH has provided this portal to digitally complete, sign, and submit the required documentation.


Click here if you would like to speak to a facilitator prior to becoming a vaccine provider or if you have any questions during the onboarding process.

HSD Update
HSD has directed the MCOs to identify a project lead to facilitate regular meetings and keep track of a log issue/resolution spreadsheet.  Starting on October 5, 2021, MCOs will hold these meetings with their contracted NFs on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  The times are specified with each MCO and range from 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, and 1:00-2:00, respectively.
By September 22, 2021, MCOs will send out the meeting invites, along with the attached NF Agenda Item Request template, with brief instructions on how to submit their agenda items. NFs should send their agenda topics via this template to Jeannette Gurule, Long-Term Services and Supports Deputy Bureau Chief, and Tallie Tolen,
 by 5:00 pm on the Tuesday prior to the scheduled meeting.  HSD will gather the agenda topics and email them to the applicable MCO by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the scheduled meeting.
AHCA Quality Awards
National Quality Award Intent to Apply Now Open 
Sept. 16 - Nov.11, 2021

The 2022 National Quality Award intent to apply is now open!  We encourage applicants who plan to apply for a Quality Award to submit an intent to apply by logging into the Quality Award Portal before the deadline on November 11, 2021. Applying for a National Quality Award provides a framework that can be used to prepare for and make critical improvements and serves as a team-building activity to engage staff across all levels.

While not mandatory, applicants who submit an ITA will automatically save money on their overall application fee. No paperwork is needed.
Submit Your ITA Today!
Bronze Award
Silver Award
Gold Award
 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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