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Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety

COVID-19 is a complicated disease that continues to redefine daily life. Residents and staff of nursing homes are faced with challenges when it comes to COVID-19 preparedness, safety and infection control.

Supported by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the University of New Mexico ECHO Institute and the Idaho Health Care Association, ECHO Idaho is bringing together small groups of peers and experts virtually to learn about current best practices to tackle problems related to COVID-19 in Idaho’s nursing homes.

Help us create an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness and prevention in nursing homes. Registering for this series provides nursing homes with practical, useful information, skills and resources. It also connects you with specialists and your peers to gain insight on immediate challenges.

Program Structure

ECHO Idaho’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety Program is different than any other program we offer:

  • This series is exclusive to nursing home staff and administration. 
  • We recognize that taking time away from caring for residents to participate in training is an expense for nursing homes. Organizations that actively participate in this 16-week training and mentoring program and qualify for the federal CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will receive $6,000 in compensation. See “Reimbursement” below for more details.
  • Sessions are 90 minutes, free to attend and qualify for continuing education credits. Participants can claim 1.5 nursing home continuing education credits or 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each live session attended.
    • Weekly participation for 16 weeks equates to 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™/24 Nursing Home Administrator and Staff CEUs!

Utilizing curriculum and content provided by the ECHO Institute, ECHO Idaho will host weekly 90-minute sessions over Zoom for a cohort of participants from nursing homes across the state. 

Didactic lectures are developed and presented by the nation’s top experts in geriatric care and infectious disease, followed by an Idaho-specific discussion by regional experts who are on ECHO Idaho’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety specialist panels. These sessions provide knowledge and skills that can be implemented in nursing homes immediately.

Session agendas are based on the following framework:

Didactic Lecture and Patient Case Presentation (60 minutes)

  • National and state infectious disease experts present on nursing home infection control best practices, testing, treatment, PPE and other critical issues.
  • Idaho specialists present quality improvement science and strategies specific to Idaho.
  • ECHO Idaho’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety expert panels and the cohort’s peer network discuss real cases or systems issues for guided best practice and technical assistance.

Discussion and Q&A (30 minutes)

  • Cohort participants have the opportunity to stay for a Question and Answer period with ECHO panelists. This portion is optional for participants and attendance is not required in order to receive full reimbursement. 

When

Sessions tentatively launch the week of Nov. 1, 2020 and continue through the week of March 7, 2021. Participants attend one session weekly with their cohort, self-selected during registration:

  • Tuesday Cohort: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. MT/12:15 – 1:45 p.m. PT — FULL
  • Friday Cohort: 2:30 – 4 p.m. MT/1:30 – 3 p.m. PT

Week

Tuesday Cohort

Friday Cohort

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. MT
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. PT
2:30 – 4 p.m. MT
1:30 – 3 p.m. PT
11/3/20  11/6/20
11/10/20 11/13/20
11/17/20 11/20/20
4 12/1/20 12/4/20
5 12/8/20 12/11/20
6 12/15/20 12/18/20
7 1/5/21 1/8/21
8 1/12/21 1/15/21
9 1/19/21 1/22/21
10 1/26/21 1/29/21
11 2/2/21 2/5/21
12 2/9/21 2/12/21
13 2/16/21  2/19/21
14 2/23/21 2/26/21
15 3/2/21 3/5/21
16 3/9/21 3/12/21

Target Audience

Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety is specifically designed for long-term care facilities staff and administration, including medical directors, nursing directors, healthcare staff, CNAs, social workers and MAs.

Cost

Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.

Reimbursement

To qualify for a $6,000 reimbursement from the ECHO Institute for time spent in this training and mentoring program, a minimum of two participants from each nursing home site must commit to attend each weekly Nursing Home COVID-19 session with their designated cohort, tentatively beginning the first week of November 2020 through the week of March 7, 2021 (16 weeks).

A minimum of 13 sessions must be attended for full reimbursement from the ECHO Institute.

Organizations that are eligible to receive funding through the federal CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will receive reimbursement for participation through the ECHO Institute (see eligibility on their website).

Registration

Registration is exclusive to nursing home staff and administration, including medical directors, nursing directors, healthcare staff, CNAs, social workers and MAs.

When registering, self-select the cohort that best fits your organization’s schedule.

Remember, to qualify for reimbursement from the ECHO Institute, each nursing home must meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualify for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.
  2. Two or more participants from each nursing home site must register and attend at least the first 60 minutes of 13 out of the 16 Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety sessions.

Benefits

  • Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing patients.
  • Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community with their peers across the state.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients in long-term care environments and their families can trust that the clinician team has the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 safety.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Healthcare professionals who participate in ECHO Idaho increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
  • No-Cost Continuing Education: ECHO Idaho offers free continuing education (CE) credits. CE is available for participating in live sessions only, not for watching recorded sessions. To claim continuing education credit and provide feedback, participants must complete the post-session evaluation survey.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEUs offered by the Idaho Health Care Association (IHCA) are approved by the Idaho Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators and the Idaho Board of Examiners of Residential Care Facility Administrators. Continuing education hours are offered as 1 CEU for every 60 minutes of lecture/presentation, commensurate with participation. Education offered by IHCA may also be sufficient for other license types (e.g., social work, certified dietary manager, etc.) as long as the learning objectives and educational levels of the presenter(s) meet the licensure requirements. It is up to each attendee to determine the appropriateness of a session and whether it will meet the requirements of their license type. Individuals are required to maintain their own record of attendance to all IHCA educational events. It is recommended the attendee maintain a copy of the event program to provide detail of sessions offered/attended at each event.

PAs, NPs, RNs, CADC/ACADC/CPS, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists and others: Learn how ECHO Idaho can help support your continuing education needs here.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu