AHRQ creates COVID-19 training network for nursing homes

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality along with the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have partnered to establish a network that will provide training on COVID-19-related safety practices for nursing home employees.

The network, dubbed the National Nursing Home COVID Action Network, was established as part of $2 billion in congressional funding HHS received from Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to improve infection control in nursing homes. The network is part of an AHRQ contract valued up to $237 million.

Nursing homes are vulnerable to outbreaks of COVID-19 because of the age, frailty and sickliness of residents as well as the communal living practices. In response, the federal government has offered support to nursing homes through additional funding and training opportunities.

“Protecting vulnerable older Americans in nursing homes is a central part of our fight against

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