Training Opportunities for NHSN Reporting Changes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will offer training opportunities this month to describe changes coming to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility module and vaccination reporting module in NHSN, to streamline and simplify reporting. 

To support NHSN users, the agency will offer training on the following four dates, and advance registration is required:

Updates to Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Surveillance Module and COVID-19 Vaccination Module:

Updates to Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Surveillance Module ONLY (no COVID-19 Vaccination Module):

CDC will be removing some data elements relating to information that has become less important as we learn more and evolve strategies in our national response to COVID-19. Examples include removal of breakdowns by vaccine manufacturer on data elements related to vaccine status and positive SARS-CoV-2 testing, breakdowns by test type on data elements about SARS-CoV-2 testing, and streamlining of questions around boosters and "up to date" status. Data elements related to co-infections and re-infections will also be removed. Those pertaining to personal protective equipment capacity and staffing shortages will be streamlined into single questions with drop-down modifying questions for those indicating shortages in personal protective equipment or staff.

These changes were initially announced to take effect on May 23, but we received news that the implementation date has been pushed to May 30, allowing CDC additional time to present the training.

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