National Health Care Safety Network Update

Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

This afternoon, NHSN held a webinar for establishing group users. It was very informative for multifacility organizations to establish the ability to form a group of SNF to upload, analyze and trend your full organization’s data. In addition, the QIO, and DOH could establish groups as well, but would need the individual SNF to agree to join that group as they do in the multi group situation. NHSN’s resource information for establishing these groups can be found at and then go to the LTC COVID area and the group function is on the menu at the left. This also leads you to the group educational guide and resources.

In addition, NHSN noted that they are up to date with enrollment as of May 21 with some new requests still coming in. However, SNF must ensure they have completed the full enrollment system. It basically is three steps: register for NHSN, after approval is received, register for SAMS, and after approval from SAMS is received, enroll in the NHSN. Common mistakes are using two different email addresses in the registration process, and the lack of agreement to consent being submitted. They encouraged those who have not heard back from the SAMS system to check your junk mail from SAMS No Reply.

The first upload of your data is due by 11:59 on Sunday, May 24, 2020.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20