Positivity Rates are Now Through the State's Chart 

State Long-Term Care Guidance and Positivity Rate Webpage
Last Chance for the 2021 Live Safety Code
September 27-28, 2021
In-person at NMHCA/NMCAL Training Center

Register Here
AHCA Announcements
New PRF Phase 4 & Rural Distribution Application Information Released
Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released additional information on the $17 Billion Phase 4 and the $8.5 Billion Rural Distribution application. Applicants will be able to apply for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments during the application process. PRF Phase 4 is open to a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses. ARP Rural is open to providers who serve rural patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). See a detailed list of eligible provider types here

HRSA released information on: 
  • Required documentation for application
  • Creating an Application Account
  • An updated explanation of “rural” awards
  • How to apply for the Upcoming HRSA Phase 4 and Rural Distributions 
FDA Authorizes Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster:

Last week, the FDA amended the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccination to allow the use of a single booster dose only to those who received the Pfizer vaccine and be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series. Read More

Vaccination Rates Now on Care Compare: Last week, CMS unveiled functionality on Care Compare to enable users to compare staff and resident vaccination rates across different SNFs. Read More

Encourage Staff to Utilize the Emotional PPE Project: The Emotional PPE Project has served as a free resource for long term care providers. Read More

Tell Us About Your COVID-19 Honors Program Ceremonies!: Since the March launch of the AHCA/NCAL COVID-19 Honors Program, nearly 300 facilities have participated in the program to recognize their incredible staff. Read More

COVID-19 Webinars

Recording Available! PRF Reporting Guidance: September Update
Hosted by AHCA/NCAL
Access the Recording

Please email for additional questions, or visit for more information.

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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