National Nursing Home Training Series

Natural Nursing Home Training Series

Through the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosts a weekly webinar series (every Thursday, 4-5 pm ET) to provide training for infection control processes in nursing homes.

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Topic: Transparency: Resident and Family Notification

Date: Thursday, July 22020

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Registration Required: Register here.

Objectives: During this webinar, the latest federal guidance regarding the importance of transparency during the COVID-19 public health emergency will be reviewed. Participants will learn best practices to implement a comprehensive communication plan and strategies to improve transparency and provide compassionate care during challenging times.


Gayle Atherton, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CDP

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

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

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


Topic: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategies for COVID 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. 


Jane Pederson, MD, MS

Jane Brock, MD, MSPH
Medical Director

Jane Pederson, MD, MS

Sherry Longacre, MS, RN
Sr. Quality Improvement Facilitator


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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.


Jane Pederson, MD, MS

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


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Topic: Cohorting: Effective Management of Residents and Staff

Date: Thursday, June 112020

Objectives: This session provided an overview of cohorting guidelines and strategies that can be used as part of a facility’s infection control and prevention program. This training covered a multi-disciplinary approach to cohorting, including staffing considerations, the role of environmental services, personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and bed management. The training included cohorting strategies related to COVID-19 and lessons learned from the field.


Deb Smith, MLT, (ASCP), BSN, CIC, CPHQ

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


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Topic: Implementation Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance and Early Detection

Date: Thursday, June 42020

Objectives: Participants of this webinar learned the operational aspects of screening, testing and early detection and surveillance for residents and staff from the provider perspective. The training focused on process and implementation and included an overview of the IPRO QIN-QIO developed Infection and Antibiotic Prescribing Tracking Tool.


David Johnson, NHA, RAC-CT

David Johnson, NHA, RAC-CT
Senior Quality Improvement Specialist

Marguerite McLaughlin, MA

Marguerite McLaughlin, MA
Senior Program Administrator
Healthcentric Advisors, IPRO QIN-QIO


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Topic: Establishing an Infection Prevention Program and Conducting Ongoing Infection Surveillance in the Nursing Home

Date: Thursday, May 282020

Objectives: Participants of this webinar learned to identify the basic 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.


Eli K. DeLille MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

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


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Continuing Education Credit

The National Nursing Home 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.