NHSN Security Enhancement

NHSN Security Enhancement

At the request of CDC, LeadingAge Washington and LeadingAge National have been encouraging members to enhance security levels in the NHSN system.

CDC recently shared this link on the NHSN site to help providers get started but it has been pointed out that step 1 of this process is “Receive communication from SAMS.” Doesn’t make much sense. LeadingAge National reached out to CDC and they have clarified for us: CDC is reaching out to providers at a rate of approximately 200 providers per week to initiate the enhancement process. Providers have the option of waiting to receive this contact from CDC OR they can initiate the process by emailing the NHSN Help Desk nhsn@cdc.gov. Once the Help Desk receives your email, they will add the activity to the user profile, which triggers the email from SAMS. Providers can expect to receive the SAMS email within 5 business days of contacting the Help Desk. Once you receive this email, either by initiating through the Help Desk or by waiting to receive it on CDC’s schedule, the provider can proceed through the steps outlined in the link above.




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