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National Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety Program

ARCHI has applied to be a provider of the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety Program and we are currently recruiting participants. The program is a collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the ECHO Institute, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). It will address evidence-based methods for COVID-19 prevention and treatment, as well as methods to maximize staff safety.

The program will be conducted in accordance with the ECHO Model and is free of charge to participants. A monetary incentive is available for facilities that fulfill participation requirements, as outlined by the ECHO Institute, to off-set the cost of staff attendance. A tentative start date of September 25, 2020 is scheduled. 

 

Dear Nursing Home Providers,

As many of you are aware, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated funds to support nursing home efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of the fund distribution were provided via press release on August 27, 2020, and can be accessed at https://www.hhs.gov/

A portion of these funds are being used to launch a training and mentorship program available to the 15,400 nursing homes across the nation. Texas A&M University’s Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) has applied to be a provider of this program, known as the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network, and we are currently recruiting participants. The network is a collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the ECHO Institute, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). It will address evidence-based methods for COVID-19 prevention and treatment, as well as methods to maximize staff safety. 

The program will be conducted in accordance with the ECHO Model, which virtually connects groups of community providers with specialists at centers of excellence in regular real -time collaborative sessions. ARCHI has been a successful ECHO hub for more than two years. Through utilization of the ECHO Model ARCHI has provided more than 100 case-based collaborative sessions and significantly contributed to improved healthcare outcomes. Our ECHO experience and access to subject matter experts makes ARCHI a leader in providing training and mentoring.

ECHO session participation consists of an estimated 90 minutes per week for a 16-week period. This is followed by weekly office hours that can be attended on an “as-needed” basis, for a total period of one calendar year. The current public program launch date is September 25, 2020 and we anticipate the cohort reaching maximum capacity. Compensation will be provided to participating nursing homes to cover the costs of staff training time. 

We hope that you will join us with your participation commitment, which can be acknowledged by completion of the interest form using the link above. Upon receipt of the completed commitment form a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the agreement of expectations for ECHO providers and participants will follow. Together we can provide the support needed to protect our most vulnerable population and those that serve them.

We look forward to your response.


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