CMS Training via Satellite Broadcast and Web Cast

May, 2004

Information Bulletin 04-05
All Provider Types

CMS Training via Satellite Broadcast and Web cast


The purposes of this Information Bulletin are to (1) provide notice of the Centers for Medicare and Medicate Services (CMS) informational satellite broadcasts to providers and consumers; and (2) facilitate joint training between state survey agency and providers using the technology available via satellite communication.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides a distance learning satellite network to facilitate off-site training and provide an efficient, timely means of communicating changes in regulations, policy, procedure, and new expectations for State Agency surveyors and investigators. The goal of the learning network is to provide real time training and communication to regional offices and state survey agencies. Topics include clinical standards of practice and program quality initiatives.

The Minnesota Department of Health encourages Facilities and Providers to access these resources related to residents/patient/client issues in all health care settings. CMS and/or MDH have identified many of these broadcasts as mandatory for State Agency surveyors and investigators who are viewing these on an on-going basis.

CMS Learning Network:

  1. The list of broadcasts is available at [expired link]. Broadcasts may be viewed live at a downlink site, via delayed web cast, or via video-tape purchased from National Technical Information Services (NTIS). Handouts for each broadcast are available at this CMS website 3-5 days prior to the broadcast.

  2. Live Satellite Broadcast: Technical satellite specifications for site coordinators are available at [expired link] or can be obtained by calling 1-800-401-9387 on the day of the broadcast. Guidance for locating downlink sites is available on the broadcast's “Technical Fact Sheet.” The live broadcasts are designed to be a one-way video, two-way audio system

  3. Web cast: [expired link]. All courses will be available for viewing on-demand (VOD) via the web approximately one full business-day after the live broadcast. The web site describes the computer capabilities needed for viewing. Participants need to register on-line at the web site before viewing and follow the instructions on the home page. Once registered, the participant may access any “VOD” 24 hours daily. Web casts are available for one year following broadcast.

  4. Video- tape of broadcast: Only VHS tapes are available at this time. Allow 4-6 weeks after the broadcast to submit an order by contacting NTIS at 1-800-553-6847 or via their website, NTIS. Current cost of each video is $50 and is subject to change.

If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact in writing:

Minnesota Department of Health
Health Regulation Division
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 300
PO Box 64900
St. Paul, MN 55164-0900
Telephone: (651) 215-8701

Updated Friday, February 06, 2015 at 03:53PM