Wednesday, January 17, 2018

AHCA’s Online Infection Prevention and Control Program Helps Set the Stage for Survey Success

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is ready to help members meet the new infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship requirements now being enforced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. 

AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course provides education for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists and prepares individuals to meet the antibiotic stewardship requirements that took effect on November 28, 2017.     

Even though nursing facilities are not required to have a designated “Infection Preventionist” until November 2019, nursing facilities are currently being surveyed for many antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention and control requirements. Consider this: 
  • As of November 28, 2016 nursing facilities are being held accountable to more expansive infection prevention and control federal regulations. 
  • As of November 28, 2017, the federal requirements for nursing facilities expand further and require that every nursing facility develop and implement an antibiotic stewardship program. This is a new requirement that should be conducted with oversight from specially trained healthcare professionals. 
  • Surveyors nationwide have been trained and are now surveying for these expanded infection prevention & control and antibiotic stewardship requirements.   

AHCA’s course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training that meets the educational requirements outlined by CMS. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care.  

The course addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively leading and administering successful infection prevention and control programs and antibiotic stewardship programs. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certificates including 23 ANCC contact hours. 

The training course registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. There are no refunds and no transfers. Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED. The IPCO course can be accessed here or at:   

Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. Those interested in making a group purchase should email AHCA at   

To access ahcancalED and the IPCO course, members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords.  For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail with your name and facility contact information. 

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