National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training

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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Upcoming Sessions & Topics (Pre-register here):

  • August 13: Transparency: Resident and Family Notification, Department of Health and Other Notifications
  • August 20: Cohorting Strategies
  • August 27: COVID-19 Testing
  • September 3: Reopening Considerations
  • September 10: Clinical Care/​Managing COVID-19-Positive Residents in the Nursing Home
  • September 17: Getting Your Vaccine Delivery System Ready: Influenza and COVID-19
  • September 24: Cleaning Environmental Surfaces and Shared Equipment 
  • October 1: Establishing a Dedicated COVID-19 Care Center
  • October 8: Hand Hygiene and Personal Protective Equipment Strategies for COVID-19 Care: Supply, Use, Reuse, Removal, Disposal
  • October 15: Managing Staffing Challenges, Including Employee Health Considerations
  • October 22: Managing a Nursing Home During a Pandemic: Facilities Management, Supply Issues, Communication - How and When to Get Help When You Need It
  • October 29: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Care of the Ventilator-Dependent Patient and Special Respiratory Therapies During a Pandemic 
  • November 5: Accepting New Patients During an Active Pandemic: Considerations of Both Transfers from Hospitals and Admissions from the Community
  • November 12: Caring for Residents with Dementia During a Pandemic: Special Considerations
  • November 19: Telehealth in Nursing Homes
  • December 3: Assuring Evidence-Based Care Delivery During a Pandemic
  • December 10: Supporting Staff Resiliency for Excellent Care During Pandemic Precautions
  • December 17: Emergency Preparedness
  • January 7Nursing Home Responses During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Learning from Real Experiences

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

Date: Thursday, August 132020

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Registration Required: Register here.

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

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

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Registration Required: Register here.

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:

  1. What federal reporting is required and where to access the most up-to-date information and guidance
  2. Why ongoing COVID-19 surveillance is necessary and what it includes
  3. How facilities can use surveillance data for the prevention, early detection and mitigation of a potential COVID-19 outbreak
  4. 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
  5. 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)

Speaker:

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

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

Resources:

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Topic: COVID-19 Knowledge for the Front Line Staff

Date: Thursday, July 302020

Objectives: Following this call, participants possess the knowledge and understand approaches to supporting the health and well-being of older adults, their care partners, nursing home team members and other stakeholders during COVID-19.

Speaker:

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN 
Senior Advisor for Aging
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

Lori Porter
Co-founder and CEO
National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA)

Resources:

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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:

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)

Resources:

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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.

Speaker:

Eli K. DeLille MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

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

Resources:

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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.

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

Resources:

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Topic: Transparency: Resident and Family Notification

Date: Thursday, July 22020

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

Speakers:

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

Resources:

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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. 

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

Resources:

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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.

Speakers:

Jane Pederson, MD, MS

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

Resources:

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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.

Speakers:

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

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

Resources:

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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.

Speakers:

David Johnson, NHA, RAC-CT

David Johnson, NHA, RAC-CT
Senior Quality Improvement Specialist
IPRO, IPRO QIN-QIO

Marguerite McLaughlin, MA

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

Resources:

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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.

Speaker:

Eli K. DeLille MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Eli K. DeLille, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Quality Improvement Specialist
Infection Preventionist
Health Services Advisory Group
216.644.3998edelille@​hsag.​com

Resources:

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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.