AHCA: Update #64 | NHSN Enrollment Delays & Tips

Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

AHCA announces new webinars from NHSN to continue assisting providers with the CDC reporting requirements. See full info below.

In This COVID-19 Update:

  • NHSN Enrollment Delays & Tips
  • PPE Supplier List
  • Webinar on PPE Use Next Week 

NHSN Enrollment Delays & Tips

It is taking longer than anticipated for nursing homes to enroll in CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) due to high demand from the new CMS reporting requirements. The NHSN have recruited additional staff to reduce the processing time of enrollment requests.

Access detailed registration instructions for new facilities. Facilities are encouraged to review the Enrollment Guidance document for a more in-depth explanation of the enrollment process. Nursing homes should keep documentation of efforts made to enroll in NHSN. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the best experience and quicker access to the system, please be sure you are replying to a registration/enrollment email. Emailing the NHSN user support helpdesk will result in longer wait times for a reply. 

Additionally, NHSN is providing two live Zoom sessions to address enrollment specific questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

LTCFs COVID-19 Live Q&A Session for Module and Enrollment Specific Questions 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
1:00 PM (Eastern time) 

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM (Eastern Time)

PPE Supplier List

Knowing whether a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplier is reliable is challenging these days with all the pop-up PPE suppliers and PPE scams. To assist members, AHCA/NCAL has developed a list of PPE suppliers that have recently served long term care providers . The list is not an endorsement or seal of approval of any particular PPE supplier, but can be used as a resource when PPE is not available through their ordinary supply chains. 

Members should keep in mind that PPE demand currently far exceeds PPE supply. Suppliers are facing unprecedented challenges obtaining PPE, so the suppliers on this list may not have PPE at the time they are contacted. These PPE suppliers are doing their best to fill orders as PPE shipments arrive or their PPE is manufactured. If a supplier is out of stock, ask when to check back. 

This list will be updated as more PPE suppliers are identified that have successfully delivered PPE supplies to AHCA/NCAL members during the pandemic. 

Webinar on PPE Use Next Week 

The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) is hosting a town hall forum next week to answer frequently asked questions surrounding the use of Personal Protective Equipment in the care of COVID-19 patients. See how to register online below.

NETEC Webinar: PPE! You've Got Questions. We've Got Answers.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 
12:00 pm ET 

Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16