Upgrade to Level-3 Access to NHSN Today to Access the Point of Care Laboratory Reporting Pathway in NHSN


As previously reported​, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) has expanded their reporting modules to allow providers to report the results of their Point of Care (POC) COVID-19 testing. In order to access this tracking module, you must upgrade your Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) access to Level-3. Level-1 to Level-3 SAMS access can take up to four weeks to complete. Facilities are encouraged to start the process today to ensure they are able to take advantage of the reporting modules.    

Steps to complete the SAMS Level-3 upgrade:  

  • ​​Check your email inbox for communication from SAMS, via sams-no-reply@cdc.gov requesting two forms of identification.  
  • Submit your proof of identification by logging into SAMS at https://sams.cdc.gov and use the "Update Profile" menu option on the left side of the page. Confirm your home mailing address and ensure that your name and address match how it appears on your submitted identification.  
  • Complete the SAMS certification process. SAMS will confirm your identity and email you a “Welcome to SAMS” email as well as send you a SAMS grid card via mail to your home address. The SAMS grid card permits Level-3 access to NHSN.
  • Activate your Level-3 access in NHSN by logging into SAMS at https://sams.cdc.gov. Underneath the “National Healthcare Safety Network System” header, select “NHSN Reporting link.” Do not access the NHSN LTC Reporting option as this will direct you to level one security. 
If you experience problems during enrollment, please contact the NHSN user support at nhsn@cdc.gov with “Enhancing Data Security” in the subject line.  

You can find out more information about the Level-3 Access in NHSN here.