CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management

CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Trainings are now provided through an on-demand, pre-recorded format.

Register for live Q&A Sessions, held with CMS and the CDC twice a month on Thursdays at 4 p.m. to help keep nursing home teams on track with their training. Sign up to receive training updates, including additional resources and tools!

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Topic: Creating a COVID-19 Recovery Center

Date: Thursday, September 242020

Objectives:

Innovative nursing home models that design their care settings to have fewer residents served by a consistent, dedicated set of staff (such as the Green House Project) have demonstrated success at preventing the incidence of COVID-19 infections and reducing the number of infections and deaths within their facilities. This webinar will cover federal and state guidance, as well as strategies and promising practices for establishing a dedicated COVID-19 care center. Among these promising practices are cohorting strategies, consistent assignment and training of personnel, strict infection control techniques and testing protocols, and constant communication and engagement with residents and their families.

Watch the Recording: 

Resources:

Speaker: 

Michelle Eslami

Michelle Eslami, MD, FACP, CMD
Chief Medical Officer
Rockport Healthcare Services

Carol Larkin

Carol Larkin, FNP
Chief Development Officer
Rockport Healthcare Services

Carol Larkin

David S. Silver, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Rockport Healthcare Services

Kristen Morris, RN
Chief Clinical Officer
Rockport Healthcare Services


 

Topic: Accepting New Patients During an Active Pandemic: Considerations for Both Transfers from Hospitals and Admissions from the Community

Date: Thursday, September 172020

Objectives:

Accepting new admissions to nursing homes during the current COVID-19 pandemic requires a comprehensive plan and protocol based on emerging scientific evidence about COVID-19 transmission within nursing homes, as well as current prevention and control guidelines. Successful implementation of this plan and protocol is essential to preventing further transmission of the virus and/​or new COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes across the United States, ensuring proper care of residents, and protecting the health and well-being of residents, family members and health care personnel living, visiting and working in nursing homes. This training will focus on the latest guidance regarding the admission, readmission and/​or transfer of COVID-19 positive patients from hospitals, other nursing homes, and from the community to a nursing home; promising strategies to develop a comprehensive plan and protocol, using said guidance, for transfers and admissions of residents to nursing homes; and promising practices for establishing and maintaining a successful partnership between local nursing homes and hospitals to both reduce morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19, and to best leverage nursing home and hospital capacity.

Watch the Recording: 

Speaker:

Kathleen Unroe

Kathleen T Unroe, MD, MHA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University
Center for Aging Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute
Stacie Levine, MD
Stacie Levine, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago
Chief, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Topic: Telehealth in Nursing Homes

Date: Thursday, September 32020

Objectives:

Telehealth – which broadly refers to the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to provide long-distance access to health care and services such as health assessment, diagnosis, consultation and other non-clinical services – has proven to be an effective vehicle for nursing home residents to safely receive health care in the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Telehealth is also considered a safe way for clinicians to provide care, as it reduces potential exposure to health care-associated infections and optimizes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health care personnel. This training will offer information on the current federal policies and guidance regarding the use and reimbursement of telehealth services; implementation strategies for efficient adoption of telehealth in nursing homes to best support care delivery and remote patient monitoring; and the importance of addressing training and educational needs to prepare staff and residents.

Watch the Recording: 

Speaker:

Jill Hurt

Nell Griffin, EdM, CHC, CPHQ
Senior Quality Improvement Facilitator
Telligen

Christine LaRocca

Christine LaRocca, MD
Medical Director
Telligen

 

Topic: Cleaning Environmental Surfaces and Shared Equipment

Date: Thursday, August 272020

Objectives:

Proper cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces and equipment in a nursing home environment is critical to prevent the spread of pathogens, and to prevent sickness and disease. This was true pre-COVID-19, but the pandemic has put proper cleaning and disinfection procedures into new focus. The goal of this webinar is to provide an overview of the role of environmental surfaces and shared equipment in the transmission of pathogens; to review standard cleaning and disinfection practices; and to describe the various procedures and monitoring requirements that are needed to ensure adherence to safe practices.

Watch the Recording:

Speaker:

Jill Hurt

Jill Hult, RN, MSAS, LNHA
Senior Account Manager
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health

 

Topic: Cohorting Strategies

Date: Thursday, August 202020

Objectives:

This training provides an overview of cohorting guidelines and strategies that can be used as part of a facility’s infection control and prevention program. The presentation covers a multi-disciplinary approach to cohorting, including the creation of a COVID-19 care unit and the management of residents with COVID-19 symptoms, staffing considerations, the role of environmental services, personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and bed management. You will learn cohorting strategies related to COVID-19 and lessons learned from the field.

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Resources:

Speaker:

Deb Smith

Deb Smith, MLT (ASCP), BSN, CIC, CPHQ
Infection Preventionist
Health Quality Innovators (HQI)

 

Topic: Transparency: Resident and Family Notification, Department of Health and Other Notifications

Date: Thursday, August 132020

Objectives:

  • Learn updated guidance and policies regarding transparency during the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Learn more about best practices to implement a comprehensive and actionable communication plan
  • Glean insight from a shared experience from a COVID-19 family member
  • Learn strategies to provide compassionate care and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic

Watch the Recording:

Speaker:

Gayle Atherton

Gayle Atherton, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CDP
Healthcare Quality Improvement Specialist
TMF Health Quality Institute

Nanci Newberry

Nanci Newberry, MEd, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS
Patient & Family Engagement Coordinator
TMF Health Quality Institute

 

Topic: COVID-19 Surveillance to Enable Early Detection and Response to Outbreaks: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Mandatory Data Collection

Date: Thursday, August 62020

Objectives: Following this call, participants will possess the knowledge and approaches for remaining current with federal guidance and reporting requirements and understand the importance of conducting regular outcomes and process surveillance.

During this webinar, participants will receive an overview of the following:

  • What federal reporting is required and where to access the most up-to-date information and guidance
  • Why ongoing COVID-19 surveillance is necessary and what it includes
  • How facilities can use surveillance data for the prevention, early detection and mitigation of a potential COVID-19 outbreak
  • How data are collected, submitted and entered into the NHSN COVID-19 LTCF COVID-19 Module and why a dedicated infection preventionist should conduct ongoing facility-wide surveillance
  • How data reported to the CDC NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module is used by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Watch the Recording:

Speaker:

Angela Anttila, PhD, MSN, NPC, CIC

Angela Anttila, PhD, MSN, NPC, CIC 
Nurse Epidemiologist
NHSN Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

Linda Behan, BSN, RN, CIC
Sr. Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Genesis HealthCare

 

Topic: Is Your Nursing Home Ready to Handle the Demands of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Assessing Readiness: Advice from the CDC

Date: Thursday, July 232020

Objectives: In this session, CDC staff discussed the COVID-19 Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tool that was developed to support nursing homes preparing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Health departments, QIN-QIOs and other partners can use this tool to help assess infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities through technical assistance to providers. During the discussion, the CDC shared examples of ways that providers and partners have worked together to identify opportunities and strategies to improve Infection Prevention Control (IPC) implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Session objectives included:

Watch the Recording:

Speaker:

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS
Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Topic: Establishing an Infection Prevention Program in a Nursing Home, with an Emphasis on COVID-19

Date: Thursday, July 162020

Objectives: Participants of this webinar learned to identify the key components of an infection prevention program in the nursing home setting; describe the best-practice strategies needed to establish a program; and understand the key elements necessary for ongoing infection prevention surveillance.

Watch the Recording:

Speaker:

Eli K. DeLille MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Eli K. DeLille, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Quality Improvement Specialist
Infection Preventionist
Health Services Advisory Group

 

Topic: Managing Staffing Challenges

Date: Thursday, July 92020

Objectives: Following this training, participants understood staffing challenges that are exacerbated by COVID-19 and associated resources regarding federal, state and local guidance and policies related to nursing home staffing during a public health emergency. Additionally, participants learned effective staffing plans to optimize staffing during a pandemic. Lastly, this training provided best practices to promote the safety, health and well-being of nursing home staff to minimize stress and promote resiliency.

Watch the Recording:

Speakers:

Gayle Atherton, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CDP

Shannon Cupka, EdM
Improvement Advisor
Comagine Health

Nanci Newberry, MEd, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS

Martha Jaworski, RN, BSN, CIC
Senior Improvement Advisor
Comagine Health

Gayle Atherton, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CDP

Adrienne Butterwick, MPH, CHES
Improvement Advisor
Comagine Health

 

Topic: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategies for COVID-19 Care

Date: Thursday, June 252020

Objectives: Following this call, participants understood why using personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for infection prevention and were able to describe how to properly use it. Additionally, participants learned how to use an audit tool for tracking compliance in proper use of PPE. An auditing tool was shared with participants. Lastly, we shared promising practices and strategies for PPE supply and proper use. 

Speakers:

Jane Pederson, MD, MS

Jane Brock, MD, MSPH
Medical Director
Telligen

Jane Pederson, MD, MS

Sherry Longacre, MS, RN
Sr. Quality Improvement Facilitator
Telligen

 

Topic: Clinical Care: Managing COVID-Positive Residents

Date: Thursday, June 182020

Objectives: The clinical management of COVID-positive and presumed COVID-positive residents requires understanding the various disease trajectories and having appropriate plans of care in place that align with each residents’ goals and preferences. It also requires working with medical directors and clinicians to have the needed medications and other treatments available. This webinar reviewed the key considerations for the clinical management of COVID-positive and presumed COVID-positive residents.

Speakers:

Jane Pederson, MD, MS

Jane Pederson, MD, MS
Chief Medical Quality Officer
Stratis Health

Continuing Education Credit

The National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Series is not accredited by CMS. You can follow up with your association or accrediting body to see if they award credit for participation in our trainings. 

Continuing education credits may be awarded by some organizations for participation in CMS trainings.

CMS is accredited by the following organizations:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Continuing Education (CMSCE) Accreditation Statements

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports U.S. health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the U.S. are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.