Archive October 2021

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Join MHCA for upcoming webinar to explore the use of temporary nurse aide program

As critical staffing shortages continue to challenge long term care providers, it remains vitally important to MHCA to provide members with tools to help combat this crisis. This two-hour Zoom webinar will review the free AHCA temporary nurse aide program, provide a template policy, implementation guide and review the necessary steps to stay compliant utilizing this option. Click here to for the program flyer and link to register. Please reach out to Ashley in the association office with any questions. We hope you will choose to join us! 

Program Title: The time is now! Use of the Temporary Nurse Aide Program to assist with crisis staffing
Date: November 17, 2021
Time: 1:00-3:00PM
Cost: Members: $59, Each additional member: $49

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Fall Health Care Conference registration deadline extended

Great news! The deadline for registering for the Fall Conference has been extended to Friday, October 15th. We understand the significant staffing challenges members face and we hear your feedback that it can be helpful to be able to commit to registration as the event nears. Furthermore, the $25 late registration fee has been waived for this year. We are expecting an excellent conference this year and do hope you choose to join us. To view the conference brochure and link to register, please click here. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to confirm your registration status, please reach out to me in the association office, either by email as below or (207) 623-1146.

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NHSN Temporarily Pauses SAMS Level 3 Requirement for Reporting COVID-19 Vaccination Data

Last month, NHSN Facility Administrators received an email from the NHSN system explaining that NHSN had automatically completed the facility’s monthly reporting plan (MRP). In previous communications, NHSN had notified facilities that they would not be able to upload their COVID-19 vaccination data unless they completed their MRP, which requires SAMS Level 3 access. However, recognizing the challenge in gaining SAMS Level 3 access, NHSN has temporarily paused this requirement to allow facilities to report their COVID-19 vaccination data following the normal process. 

Although SAMS Level 3 access is not required at this time to complete COVID-19 vaccination data, AHCA/NCAL anticipates this to be a temporary pause and strongly encourages all facilities to have at least two users with SAMS Level 3 access.

To upgrade to SAMS Level 3 access, follow
these directions?.

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Updated VISs Available Now!

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to adult vaccine recipients and the parents or legal representatives of vaccinees who are children and adolescents. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever certain vaccinations are given (before each dose).

We encourage homes to check your supply of VISs against this list. If you have outdated VISs, get current versions at

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MHCA seeks your voice in continued advocacy!

As we continue to advocate for members during the pandemic, it is important to understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the vaccine mandate on long term care staffing and operations. Please take a few minutes to provide answers to the questions below. This information will be confidential and only used in an aggregated form. We thank you in advance for your participation!

Click HERE to complete the survey
This information will be confidential and only used in an aggregated form to demonstrate the current impact of the mandate when meeting with state DHHS officials.
We thank you in advance for your participation.

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The latest Your Resident Profile publications for skilled nursing centers in your state are now available!

Your Resident Profile is a LTC Trend Tracker publication that provides the information the skilled nursing centers in your state need to begin the resident profile portions of Components 1 and 2 of the annual Facility Assessment, required under the CMS requirements of Participation. Distributed semi-annually, this report allows you to review the resident populations for the centers in your state to help determine the resources they require to provide person-centered care and help establish the services their residents need in both day-to-day operations and emergencies.
You can download "Your Resident Profile" for your home by following these steps:
  1. Log into LTC Trend Tracker
  2. Once you’re logged in, on the left-hand menu, click on "Manage Publications" and then select "View and Download Publications".
  3. From the "Select a Publication" drop-down list, select "Your Resident Profile"
  4. From the "Select an Organization" drop-down list, select the organization of interest.
  5. Then either use the "Download by Division" pane to download multiple PDFs by quarter, or use the "View and
Download Publications by Building" pane to view or download a PDF for a single building. (Make sure your web browser allows pop-ups from, to be able to access the downloaded report.)

Your Resident Profile is available any time you need it.

LTC Trend Tracker stores these publications under your account. Just follow the steps above and select any six-month window you wish to review.

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Maine DHHS Releases Workforce Toolkit

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has compiled a toolkit of resources to help service providers with recruitment and retention of workers.  It includes information about a range of supports available to workers, such as child care and rental subsidies, as well as strategies for recruiting new employees.

To access this toolkit visit this website:

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