Topic: National LAN Event: Staffing Challenges & Solutions: Insights from the Frontline

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Audience: This event was open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners and QIN-QIOs.

Event Description: This presentation focused on successful solutions to staffing challenges during the current public health emergency. Topics included the use of the Section 1135 Waiver, staff recruitment challenges and steps to mitigate those challenges, and e retention and engagement plans for current staff.


  1. Engaging and retaining staff, including details on the Crisis Employee Support Program (CRESP); a partnership between the Baptist Homes Society and the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania that helps staff with social determinants such as food issues, finance and housing challenges.
  2. Understanding the Section 1135 of the Social Security Act which temporarily waives or modifies certain Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements related to Certified Nursing Assistants’ (CNA) education and training.
  3. Identifying and implementing a basic framework for setting temporary CNAs up for success using a real life, real time assignment.

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Questions: Please direct any questions to The Bizzell Group at dvacsupport@​thebizzellgroup.​com.

Topic: State Partnerships to Support COVID-19 Prevention and Response in Nursing Homes

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Audience: This event was open to nursing homes and other stakeholders.

Event Description: This presentation provided an overview of the different activities and resources that State Healthcare-associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance (HAI/AR) prevention programs and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) are offering to assist nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. HAI/AR prevention program COVID-19 response activities and resources for nursing homes
  2. QIO Program COVID-19 prevention activities and resources for nursing homes
  3. Opportunities for coordination and partnership (examples could include provider outreach, Tele-ICAR activities and NHSN support)

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Please direct any questions to The Bizzell Group at dvacsupport@​thebizzellgroup.​com.

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 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.