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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

  • PRF Reporting – Insights and Key Highlights: September Update

    During this webex, participants will hear from Betsy Rust, an AHCA Board member who also is a highly qualified CPA and Provider Relief Fund expert, discuss the latest HHS PRF Guidance, Overview of PRF Reporting Portal, Example of Submitting a Report Using HRSA Guidance, Top Ten List of To-Dos, Portal Resources and Challenges as well as a preliminary overview of Phase 4 and Rural Distributions.

    During this webex, participants will hear from Betsy Rust, an AHCA Board member who also is a highly qualified CPA and Provider Relief Fund expert, discuss the latest HHS PRF Guidance, Overview of PRF Reporting Portal, Example of Submitting a Report Using HRSA Guidance, Top Ten List of To-Dos, Portal Resources and Challenges as well as a preliminary overview of Phase 4 and Rural Distributions.   

    Speaker: Betsy Rust, AHCA Board Membe

    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. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • Update on Vaccine Mandate and a Call For Action

    Update on Vaccine Mandate and a Call For Action

    AHCA/NCAL CEO Mark Parkinson & Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Gifford will provide the latest available information about CMS’s planned COVID-19 vaccination mandate for nursing facility staff. The webinar will also focus on how to most effectively submit comments for the provider feedback requested by CMS.

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members. 
    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing email 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

  • How to Boost Your Staff Vaccination Rates

    During this webinar, we will hear from the lead researcher behind the Invest in Trust guide as well as two LTC providers who have worked hard to improve vaccination rates among their staff. This webinar will also involve a Q&A session to allow attendees to share their challenges and seek insight from the speakers. Through both evidence-based research and real-world stories of success, this webinar will provide you with helpful tools and knowledge to improve your staff vaccination rates.

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    Follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their email 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

    COVID-19 vaccination rates among staff in long term care (LTC) have received much scrutiny and attention since the vaccines began rolling out in December. LTC facilities have worked tirelessly to improve staff vaccination rates, but this is a challenging and complicated issue with no easy solution. As of mid-June, data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) show that approximately 59% of staff are fully vaccinated. With the new delta variant quickly spreading in the United States, it is more important than ever to increase staff vaccination rates in LTC.

    The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network commissioned a research project by the Center for Public Interest Communications to explore how to build vaccine confidence among frontline nursing home staff. The project resulted in the development of the Invest in Trust guide, which contains the findings of one-on-one interviews with CNAs, insights and recommendations by leading behavioral science scholars, and suggested messaging and strategies shown to be effective among frontline staff.

    During this webinar, we will hear from the lead researcher behind the Invest in Trust guide as well as two LTC providers who have worked hard to improve vaccination rates among their staff. This webinar will also involve a Q&A session to allow attendees to share their challenges and seek insight from the speakers. Through both evidence-based research and real-world stories of success, this webinar will provide you with helpful tools and knowledge to improve your staff vaccination rates.

    Who Should Attend:

    This webinar is geared toward leaders in nursing homes and assisted living communities who are trying to address vaccine hesitancy among frontline staff.

    Learning objectives:

    At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1) Articulate the key findings from the Invest in Trust guide

    2) Improve their understanding of staff hesitancy

    3) Identify strategies that can be deployed in your center to improve staff vaccination rates 

    Meet the Speakers:
    • Ann Christiano, Director, Center for Public Interest Communications, Clinical Professor - Department of Public Relations
    • Jane Martin BSN, RN, BC; DNS, CT, Director of Nursing at Treutlen Health and Rehabilitation
    • Nathan Tiwald, Assistant Administrator, Burgess Square Healthcare and Rehab Centre
  • 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

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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