The training includes multiple modules, with emphases on topics such as infection control, screening and surveillance, personal protective equipment usage, disinfection of the nursing home, cohorting and caring for individuals with dementia during a pandemic. CMS developed this training in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and expert stakeholders, and announced the training on August 25, 2020. The training is available on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education Portal.
If a nursing home’s staff is unsure which training module best meets their needs, CMS is offering an online self-assessment tool at www.qioprogram.org to help them identify their needs and suggest the appropriate training modules that best reflect those needs. A certificate of completion is offered for each completed training course.