Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage

Biden Administration Calls for Vaccine Mandates for All Medicare and Medicaid Health Settings

Thursday evening, the Biden Administration announced they will issue a regulation in early October mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all Medicare and Medicaid health settings including hospitals, home health, and dialysis centers. This would require COVID-19 Vaccinations for over 17 million health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals and other health care settings. We believe that this mandate would apply to assisted living settings that accept Medicaid and will level the playing field to dissuade caregivers from transferring to jobs in other settings. 
This is a victory for long term care providers, our staff, and residents. Our AHCA/NCAL team has been working around the clock to convey the challenges that a mandate for only long term care staff would create. Following last month’s announcement requiring only nursing homes to mandate staff vaccination, AHCA/NCAL members sent in approximately 4,000 letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expressing concerns with a mandate for only nursing homes. 
In addition to the vaccine mandate, other topics to highlight include: 

  • DOL requirement for employers with over 100 employees to have vaccine mandates and/or testing.
    • All federal employees and contractors will also need to be vaccinated. 
  • Increase in test availability and making more test kits available (details forthcoming).  
  • Increase in Monoclonal antibodies.  
    • The U.S. government shipped an average of approximately 100,000 doses of free monoclonal antibodies per week across July and August, and will increase the pace of shipments by 50% in September. 
    • Monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people at risk of developing severe disease. 
    • As hospital systems experience increased COVID-19 cases, many have identified monoclonal antibody treatment as a key tool to improve health outcomes, prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on overburdened hospitals. 

AHCA/NCAL will continue to keep you informed of any additional updates that may arise.

COVID-19 Billing Guidance

CMS updated SE20011 MLN Matters waiver billing guidance yesterday (see link).  They DID NOT change the blanket 3-day qualifying stay or spell-of-illness blanket waivers. 

CMS only added emphasis that all other coverage requirements including need for skilled level of care remain (page 13).  This is consistent with prior CMS and AHCA guidance.

Additionally CMS now notes that contractors will be monitoring and auditing as needed to verify that the need and delivery of a skilled level of care was present. 

 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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