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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

  • Submitting Comments to CMS on Proposed SNF Payment Rule

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on submitting comments to CMS on the proposed SNF payment rule. Our technical experts, Mike Cheek and Kathy Lester will share information about the proposed rule.

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on submitting comments to CMS on the proposed SNF payment rule. Our technical experts, Mike Cheek and Kathy Lester will share information about the proposed rule. 

    This webinar is available to AHCA 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


    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

  • OSHA COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

    On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to ensure employees in high-hazard industries are protected from contracting COVID-19. OSHA will prioritize COVID-19-related inspections involving deaths or multiple hospitalizations due to occupational exposures to COVID-19. In addition, this NEP will focus on protecting workers from retaliation. The NEP includes: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities. This webinar will review the NEP and what it means for AHCA/NCAL members.

    On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to ensure employees in high-hazard industries are protected from contracting COVID-19.  OSHA will prioritize COVID-19-related inspections involving deaths or multiple hospitalizations due to occupational exposures to COVID-19.  In addition, this NEP will focus on protecting workers from retaliation.  The NEP includes: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities.  This webinar will review the NEP and what it means for AHCA/NCAL members.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Brad Hammock, Attorney at Law, Littler

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members and non-members. 

    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

  • AHCA & LeadingAge Reform Proposal

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on a cobranded AHCA/LeadingAge Reform proposal to present to Capitol Hill

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on a cobranded AHCA/LeadingAge Reform proposal to present to Capitol Hill.

    This webinar is available to AHCA 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


  • Reopening Dining: Are we there yet?

    The CMS QSO memo in September discussed guidelines for reopening communities to visitors and communal dining services. As the vaccine is distributed in long term care, residents and staff have long been ready to get back to normal. With the pandemic still in our midst, this session will discuss best practices for dining services, including lessons learned from COVID-19

    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

    The CMS QSO memo in September discussed guidelines for reopening communities to visitors and communal dining services.  As the vaccine is distributed in long term care, residents and staff have long been ready to get back to normal. With the pandemic still in our midst, this session will discuss best practices for dining services, including lessons learned from COVID-19

    Learning Objectives:
    • Discuss current CMS guidance on communal dining
    • Identify conditions and steps to gradually open dining services
    • Discuss best practices used in various dining settings
    Meet the Speaker:

    Anna de Jesus, MBA, RDN, President Nutrition Alliance, LLC

    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

    Anna de Jesus, MBA, RDN

    President of Nutrition Alliance, LLC

    Nutrition Alliance, LLC

    Anna de Jesus, MBA, RDN, is the President of Nutrition Alliance, LLC, founded in 2000.  Nutrition Alliance provides nutrition and culinary consultants in Skilled nursing, assisted living, hospitals and various industries in AZ. 

    Anna has worked in various fields such as research, school food service, acute care, sales and senior healthcare.  She is a dynamic speaker and has presented for several organizations both locally and nationally.  In 2020, her webinars on COVID-19 have garnered over 1000 participants.  Anna has been teaching the Certified Food Protection Manager (ServSafe) class for the last 20 years.

    She has held various nominated and elected positions and is currently the Sponsorship Chair for the Dietitians in Health Care Communities.

    An innovator and educator, Anna has written and co-authored various publications.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Community Nutrition and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School, where she graduated with distinction.

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, 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, Illonois, Kansas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia 

 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

If your state is not listed above, check back often as more states are being added to the list weekly. You may also contact your state health care association for additional information about your state’s requirements. Find your state health care association here.



*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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