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QIO Update: Comprehensive National Nursing Home Training Series

Topic: Comprehensive National Nursing Home Training Series

Dates & Times:

Note: Once you register, you will receive an email with your individual web link to join the webinar. The web link you receive will work for only one user. Please forward this email to other team members if you would like them to attend.


Open to nursing home leaders, clinical and administrative staff members and others interested in nursing home infection prevention in the era of COVID-19.

Series Description:

The Comprehensive National Nursing Home Training Series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory. This comprehensive training will be condensed to include the following five topics previously presented during the National Nursing Home Training Series conducted from May 28, 2020 through June 25, 2020.

CMS is repeating this Comprehensive Nursing Home Training on multiple dates for your convenience. If you haven’t been able to join us already, please mark your calendar for an upcoming training opportunity. Registration information is listed above.

You may also view recordings, slides and resources on the QIO Program website.


Establishing an Infection Prevention Program and Conducting Ongoing Infection Surveillance in the Nursing Home

Participants will learn to identify the basic components of an infection prevention program in the nursing home setting; describe the best-practice strategies needed to establish a program; and understand the key elements necessary for ongoing infection prevention surveillance.

Implementation Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance and Early Detection

Participants will learn the operational aspects of screening, testing and early detection and surveillance for residents and staff from the provider perspective. The training focus is on process and implementation.

Cohorting: Effective Management of Residents and Staff

An overview of cohorting guidelines and strategies that can be used as part of a facility’s infection control and prevention program will be provided. Training will cover a multi-disciplinary approach to cohorting, including staffing considerations, the role of environmental services, personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and bed management. The training will include cohorting strategies related to COVID-19 and lessons learned from the field.

Clinical Care: Managing COVID Positive Residents

The clinical management of COVID positive and presumed COVID positive residents requires understanding the various disease trajectories and having appropriate plans of care in place that align with each residents’ goals and preferences. It also requires working with medical directors and clinicians to have the needed medications and other treatments available. The key considerations for the clinical management of COVID positive and presumed COVID positive residents will be reviewed.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategies for COVID Care

Participants will understand why using personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for infection prevention and will be able to describe how to properly use it. Additionally, participants will learn how to use an audit tool for tracking compliance in proper use of PPE. An auditing tool will be shared with participants. Lastly, we will share promising practices and strategies for PPE supply and proper use.

Meet the Speakers:

Eli K. DeLille, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Infection Preventionist

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)


Infection Preventionist

Health Quality Innovators (HQI)

Kimberly Rask, MD, PhD

Chief Data Officer

Alliant Quality

Susan Purcell, RN, BS, CPHQ

Project Director

TMF Quality Innovation Network

Jeana Partington, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS

Program Director

Alliant Quality


Please direct any questions to The Bizzell Group at dvacsupport@thebizzellgroup.com.