NHSN Changes – Get your Level 3 Access NOW

NHSN Changes – Get your Level 3 Access NOW

LeadingAge National has been informed by CDC that changes are coming to NHSN that will require Level 3 access for reporting. While they have very little information about what these changes may be and whether they impact all required reporting or only some, they do know that these changes are scheduled to appear in NHSN on September 18 and are required beginning with the reporting week ending October 3. As they continue to work with CDC to learn more and to advocate on your behalf to prevent any unnecessary burden and barriers to reporting, we urge providers to do the following:

  • Attend the CDC webinar on September 23 that will review these changes. Register for the webinar here.
  • Double-check that at least one person in your nursing home has SAMS Level 3 access and will be available to complete required reporting on the week ending October 3.
  • Work now to upgrade enrollment for other NHSN users in your nursing home so that you have multiple people with SAMS Level 3 access in the event of illness, vacation, staff turn-over, etc. Remember, the SAMS Level 3 access is specific to the individual, not to your nursing home. When an individual with SAMS Level 3 access leaves your nursing home, the SAMS Level 3 access goes with him/her. To initiate the process for upgrading NHSN users to SAMS Level 3, email nhsn@cdc.gov with the subject line “Enhancing Data Security” then follow the instructions here. Information on how to add users to NHSN can be found here.




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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