On August 25, CMS announced a new infection control training available to nursing homes: “CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management”. The training is designed for both front-line staff and nursing home management, with separate training modules for each (5 for front-line staff, 10 for management). The self-paced training is available immediately on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education portal and certificates of completion will be available for each course completed. Additionally, subject matter experts from CMS and CDC will be available through bi-weekly webinars beginning this Thursday, August 27 and running through January 7. Members can register for these webinars here

At this time, this training is optional. In July, CMS had announced that a new training program would be rolled out that would be linked to additional funding for nursing homes through the Provider Relief Fund. HHS has not yet disclosed which training providers will be required to complete in order to be eligible for these funds. We will share this information as soon as it becomes available.