AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Sessions available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 

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Supported by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is launching a National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network.

Our team at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Project ECHO is participating in the Network as an official Training Center for nursing homes. Joining us in this effort are the NJ Department of Health, the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Project ECHO team, ID Care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and other state and national nursing home subject matter experts.

The program includes access to national and local expertise and is designed to support the goals for resiliency, safety and quality improvement of CMS-certified skilled nursing home facilities.

How to Participate in the Nursing Home CAN ECHO

You may access the training center from anywhere, using a computer, tablet, or mobile device.

The Nursing Home CAN will use the ECHO Model for interactive case-based learning, which is defined by 4 key principles:

  • Sharing best practices
  • Case-based learning using an “all teach, all learn” methodology
  • Ensuring a quality improvement loop to best meet the learner’s need
  • Using technology to leverage scarce resources

Rutgers Training Center Nursing Home CAN Series Leaders

  • Mary Bridgeman, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP, Clinical Professor, Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  
  • Martha Hayward, IHI Lead, Public and Patient Engagement 
  • Lindsay Martin, MSPH, Instructor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management; Faculty and Improvement, Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Founder, I Squared Consulting Group 
  • Leone Murphy, APN Supervisor and Nurse Practitioner for the S-COPE Program, Trinitas Regional Medical Center  

Learning Objectives

After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Learn & implement emergency response strategies to prevent COVID-19 from entering nursing home facilities via staff, visitors, and residents 
  • Learn & implement best practices to prevent greater spread of the virus among patients and staff should an outbreak occur 
  • Learn & implement best practice care methods and treatments for residents who test positive for COVID-19 
  • Adopt best practice safety measures to protect staff from infection, help staff build confidence in their work, and support staff retention
  • Address and support the emotional & organizational needs of staff, residents, and families
  • Support NJ State quality and safety goals for nursing homes  
  • Use the ECHO guided-practice, telementoring model for learning, quality improvement and self-sustaining process improvement  
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Nursing Home ECHO Phase II Curriculum

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    Nursing Home ECHO Phase II ACCME Accreditation

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    NAB Continuing Education credits provided by Longtree & Assoicates

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