CMS Implements Nursing Home Training Program for Staff and Management of CNF
CMS has implemented an unprecedented national nursing home training program designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in their nursing homes.
The training will be available immediately to staff of America’s 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes and focuses on critical topics like infection control and prevention, appropriate screening of visitors, effective cohorting of residents, safe admission and transfer of residents, and the proper use of personal protective equipment – all critical elements of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The first-of-its kind scenario-based training is called the “CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management” and it has been designed specifically with COVID-19 in mind. The program features a tailored course that incorporates the most recent lessons learned from nursing homes and teaches frontline staff best practices they can implement to address issues related to COVID-19.
The training is available now on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education Portal, with five specific modules designed for frontline clinical staff and 10 designed for nursing home management.
While the training is comprehensive, CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also have subject matter experts available on bi-weekly webinars through January 7 from 4 to 5 pm ET, to answer questions. Registration is required for these Question & Answer sessions.
If a nursing home’s staff is unsure which training module best meets their needs, CMS is offering an online self-assessment tool to help them identify their needs and suggest the appropriate training modules. A certificate of completion is offered for each completed training course.