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

Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Cohort Monthly Update
NHSN Certificates of Achievement to Nursing Homes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) team recently sent a certificate of achievement to nursing homes submitting CDI data to the NHSN database for five or more consecutive months. The certificate was sent to the email address associated with the NHSN Facility Administrator on file.
Your commitment to report CDI data to the NHSN is greatly appreciated and we want to encourage your to keep up the great work. Your participation allows the CDC to study the disease nationally and develop strategies to improve the lives of nursing home resident across the United States.
October 2017 Data due by November 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 CDC to request the role change
  • Contact Tara Rhone at 818.865.3191 or trhone@hsag.com
  • Confirm your new/corrected email address
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.
CDC September 2017 LTCF Newsletter
Inside this issue--information regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule revision for LTCFs, an update to the NHSN agreement to participate and consent, and more.
Upcoming Webinar
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 2 to 3 p.m. ET/ 1 to 2 p.m. CT
Join HSAG for an educational webinar, What Does Antibiotic Stewardship Mean? How to Develop and Implement an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in Your LTCF.
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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.2-10182017-01