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The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC) in Florida

Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Cohort Monthly Update
September 2017 Data due by October 10.
Be sure to review the "Alerts" tab in the NHSN and complete missing and/or incomplete data for previous months in order for your facility to receive credit for data submission.
Important Reminders
If You Are Unable to Access Your Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) Account
  • Click "Forgot Your Password"
  • Enter your User ID
  • Complete email address used to register for SAMS account
  • Click "OK"
  • You will be prompted to provide answers to your security questions that were created during the SAMS registration process
  • Answers are case-sensitive
How to View Your SAMS Security Questions
  • Login to your SAMS account
  • Click "My Profile" on the left hand navigation bar under "Menu"
  • You will be taken to the Welcome to SAMS webpage
  • Select "Modify My Identity Data" from the menu in the far left navigation bar
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to view your security questions and answers
  • Record and securely store your security questions and answers
  • If you are unable to remember the answers to your security questions, you will have to re-register to receive a new SAMS grid card
Adding Additional NHSN Users
  • HSAG and the CDC highly recommend that each facility add at least one additional active user in the event that the primary user is on vacation or no longer with the facility.
What to do if the NHSN Facility Administrator is Leaving the Facility
  • HSAG understands that nursing home staff turnover happens for different reasons
  • These steps must be taken if the NHSN facility administrator is leaving the facility
  • Reassign the role to another member of your facility prior to the administrator's departure. This will eliminate a delay in data reporting.
  • Only the user listed as the NHSN facility administrator can reassign the role to another user
  • Notify Tara Rhone at 818.865.3191 or trhone@hsag.com
  • If the NHSN facility administrator leaves the facility without reassigning the role a formal letter is required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to request the role change.
  • Contact Tara Rhone at 818.865.3191 or trhone@hsag.com
How to Deactivate NHSN Users Who are No Longer With Your Facility
  • Users who are no longer with the facility should be deactivated from the facility
  • To view all NHSN users within your facility, click "Users", then "Find" on the left hand NHSN navigation bar
  • On the "Find" user screen, leave all fields blank and click the "Find" button to see the list of all NHSN users that have been added to your facility
  • To deactivate a user, click on the check box in the "Deactivate" column, then click the deactivate button at the top of the column.
  • Click "OK" to confirm that you would like to deactivate the user
View NHSN data reporting videos and resources by clicking the image or link below.
This website is an introduction to a set of training sessions aimed to provide nursing home leaders with training materials that can be used to enhance the understanding of important concepts and practices that promote stewardship and C. difficile prevention, and provide information, tools, and resources.

Get Your Flu Vaccine!
Flu vaccination is important for long-term care facility residents and personnel.

CDC Influenza Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers
As you gear up for the 2017-2018 influenza season, be sure to check out the CDC's toolkit for LTC providers. Within this comprehensive toolkit are a number of resources intended to help long-term care facility, agency, or corporation owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.
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This material was prepared by Health Services Advisory Group, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Florida, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. Publication No. FL-11SOW-C.2-09192017-01