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
 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. 

Annual Membership Meeting

The NMHCA/NMCAL Board of Directors has called for a meeting of the membership on Thursday, August 19, 2021, beginning at 7:30 am at the Embassy Suites - Albuquerque located at 1000 Woodward NE. The primary purpose of this meeting is to elect the 21-22 Board of Directors. All member facilities may have 1 representative attend at no cost, but please RSVP so we can have accurate counts for space and breakfast.  Download the RSVP form here.
Payment Information
VBP and Project ECHO

NMHCA/NCAL would like to remind nursing home facilities of the Project Echo minimum requirements regarding the Value-Based Purchasing program. Facilities must participate in two MQIHA Project Echo sessions quarterly and need to submit one case study per year beginning January 1, 2021, in order to be included in the Foundational Payment for Infrastructure and Operations payment portion of the VBP program.

NMHCA/NMCAL recommends that facilities that think they qualified for the base VBP funding for Project ECHO participation contact Project ECHO to insure their qualifying attendance has been correctly recorded and reported. All inquiries should be directed to
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,
Liability Study: Your Information IS Important

Marsh's National Senior Care Practice and Oliver Wyman's Actuarial Practice are conducting a 2021 update to their Professional and General Liability Benchmark Report for Long Term Care Providers. This analysis is sponsored by AHCA/NCAL is open to all New Mexico Health Care Association/New Mexico Center for Assisted Living (NMHCA/NMCAL) members. There is no cost to participate, and all participants will receive a copy of the report and an invitation to the presentation of the results. 

The information presented in this study is a critical component in various insurance industry initiatives and supports multiple state tort reform efforts. Especially relevant for 2021 will be the effect that the pandemic has had on losses. This benchmark study is also an important resource relied upon by insurance carriers, actuaries, and of course, long-term care and senior living providers. 

The information Marsh and Oliver Wyman are collecting includes: 
  1. Individual claim listing (excluding Protected Health Information) in Excel-readable format valued as of 12/31/2020.
  2. Occupied bed equivalent exposure information for the past 10 calendar years, if available. 
In order to enhance the quality of this initiative, we are asking providers to please participate in this benchmark study by adding your information to the collection data form and submit it to by July 31, 2021.
Upon data submission we will provide diagnostic information about your own data including various metrics, e.g., frequency and severity claim statistics; closing year, report year, and accident year statistics; open and closed claim statistics; and an exposure analysis.  We will review the data diagnostics and contact you to discuss any potential anomalies.
Unfortunately, ONLY a limited number of New Mexico’s Long Term Care Providers have historically participated in this analysis. As result, there has not been enough data and to credibly develop New Mexico specific findings. Last year the absence of New Mexico specific findings resulted in NMHCA/NMCAL having to expend a significant amount of membership funds in order to develop a New Mexico benchmark analysis. As stated above this information is utilized by NMHCA/NMCAL in its legislative lobbying efforts related to tort reform efforts.

Please contact Oliver Wyman with questions related to the benchmark study at As always, don’t hesitate to contact Vicente Vargas (, Executive Director for NMHCA/NMCAL, with any questions or concerns. 

OSHA ETS Comments Wanted - Deadline Extended

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 the webinar for further details along with links to OSHA resources.
AHCA/NCAL is asking members to submit comments before the August 20 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 Workshops

2021 Convention and Exposition 
Embassy Suites - Albuquerque
August 18-20, 2021  

 Register Here!

2021 Live Safety Code
September 27-28, 2021
In-person at NMHCA/NMCAL Training Center

Register Here

Certified Medication Aide Training

October 26- November 5, 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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