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In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are working nationally with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure nursing homes, assisted living communities, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

Visit this website regularly for the latest information that AHCA/NCAL has to share with long term care providers about COVID-19. 

Recent Updates

  • OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard: Implications for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)

    The webinar will review the ETS and the implications for skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID).

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address exposure to COVID-19 to workers in healthcare settings. This healthcare ETS applies, with some exceptions, to settings where any employee provides healthcare services or healthcare support services. The webinar will review the ETS and the implications for skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID).

    Speaker: Brad Hammock, Attorney at Law, Littler
    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register:
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here.

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

    Once you are logged in, click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen 

    OR 

    Follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • Interim Final Rule requiring SNFs to offer COVID-19 Vaccine and report to NHSN

    CMS published an Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements on May 11th. This rule requires nursing homes to offer the vaccine to all residents and staff as well as report vaccination rates weekly to CDC NHSN portal along with any treatments for COVID. This rule applies to residents, clients, and staff of Long Term Care (LTC) facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID). CMS also published a Quality, Safety, and Oversight (QSO) memo to state survey agencies on this. The rule is scheduled to go into effect on May 21, 2021. This webinar will review specifications of the rule and what you need to know to comply.

    CMS published an Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements on May 11th. This rule requires nursing homes to offer the vaccine to all residents and staff as well as report vaccination rates weekly to CDC NHSN portal along with any treatments for COVID. This rule applies to residents, clients, and staff of Long Term Care (LTC) facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID). CMS also published a Quality, Safety, and Oversight (QSO) memo to state survey agencies on this. The rule is scheduled to go into effect on May 21, 2021. This webinar will review specifications of the rule and what you need to know to comply.

    After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify parameters of the new Interim Final Rule as it relates to education

    2. Discuss vaccination requirements for compliance.

    3. Report to CDC via NHSN for data including vaccination status and therapeutic treatments (e.g., monoclonal antibodies).

    Audience: Administrators, Directors of Nursing, and Leadership in nursing homes and Intermediate Care Facilities.

    Meet the Speaker

    Dr. David Gifford, Sr. VP, Quality and Regulatory Affairs

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    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register:
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    If you're unable to attend the live webinar, registrants will be notified when the recording is made available. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

    Once you are logged in, click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen 

    OR 

    Follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

Become a Temporary Nurse Aide or a Temporary Feeding Assistant

Currently, the 8-hour training program is permitted under special waivers, exceptions, or flexibilities for temporary nurse aide roles in these states: Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia

Additional training or other actions may be required in these states (please contact your state health care association or appropriate state agency for additional information about your state’s requirements): Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. 

Important Update: 

Effective Jan. 19th, 2021, Illinois has updated its TNA requirements. Visit the Illinois website to learn more. 

After May 28th, the TNA course is no longer approved in Kansas

If your state is not listed above, you may also contact your state health care association for additional information about your state’s requirements. 

Find your state health care association here.

 GO HERE FOR THE FREE 8 HR COURSE

If you plan to work in the state of Oklahoma you will need to take the free 16-hour course. 

 GO HERE FOR THE FREE 16 HR COURSE


*DISCLAIMER*: AHCA/NCAL has created this course to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Federal and/or state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location. 

CDC Launches LTC Frontline Staff Training Webinars

The resources below are for frontline staff in long-term care facilities. These short webinars are all published on the Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) web page at the bottom under a “Webinar Series” section. These new webinars are intended to be a training tool/resource for frontline long-term care staff members.

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The Joint Commission recognizes the incredible challenge that health care organizations and front-line workers face with the COVID-19 crisis. Visit their website for more information. 
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