Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The AHCA/NCAL Infection Control Training Program That Gets Results

Dave Kyllo

The AHCA/NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course is getting rave reviews from facilities that have implemented what their staff learned from the course. Here’s what Janet Snipes, Executive Director of Holly Heights Nursing Center in Denver, Colorado, had to say about the results of the IPCO training program:

“We had a team of contract surveyors who were from four different states. They were extremely complimentary of our infection control program.  All four surveyors were in the room and met with Jesalyn (Infection Preventionist at Holly Heights) for about 90 minutes. At the end of the meeting, they stated how impressed they were with her knowledge, expertise, tracking and antibiotic stewardship!  They stated they hadn’t seen this type of infection control program in other facilities.  She told them about AHCA’s IPCO course and the knowledge she had gained that allowed her to put together our program.”  

A solid 96 percent of health care professionals who have completed the AHCA/NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course thus far recommend that their colleagues take the course if they are interested in learning more about infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship.  That’s because the AHCA/NCAL course delivers!

The online 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 for nursing facilities on November 28, 2017. The training is also beneficial for assisted living centers because the methods for preventing and controlling infections are universal and apply regardless of setting.

The Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course provides education for all healthcare professionals who want to lead infection prevention efforts and prepares individuals to play an active role in the antibiotic stewardship efforts.  Antibiotic stewardship is an overarching goal and priority among all health care professionals and is receiving a lot of attention from state and federal health care regulators.
AHCA/NCAL’s course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training.  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.  Strong and effective infection prevention programs and antibiotic stewardship efforts can set nursing facilities and assisted living centers apart from the competition, especially when working with social workers and discharge planners who help seniors with their post-acute decisions.

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: https://educate.ahcancal.org/p/ipco.  
Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. Those interested in making a group purchase should email AHCA at educate@ahca.org.

While CMS has announced plans to offer a free infection prevention training course some time in Spring 2019, AHCA/NCAL recommends investing in staff training now rather than waiting until sometime next year to train staff on the requirements that already are in effect.  That’s because nursing facilities continue to be surveyed on all the new infection prevention and control requirements and the antibiotic stewardship requirements – the same requirements leading to the most commonly cited F-Tag since November 2017 under Phase I and Phase II of the CMS Requirements of Participation and the implementation of the new nursing facility survey process.

If you’re attending the AHCA/NCAL 69th Annual Convention and Expo in San Diego, stop by the AHCA/NCAL Quality Booth near the Registration Desk to learn more about how the IPCO training program can help build solid infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship programs in your facility.

Take advantage of this great clinical career building opportunity.  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 update@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information.

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