Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Registration Opens for New, Expanded Infection Preventionist Online Training

Dave Kyllo

AHCA/NCAL has a new and expanded version of its popular Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO Version 2), and registration is open for the online training. 

Phase III Requirements of Participation took effect November 28, 2019 and mandate that every nursing facility have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist who is running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. AHCA recommends that each skilled nursing facility train at least two Infection Preventionists through AHCA’s IPCO training program should one Infection Preventionist leave the facility. The training is also highly recommended for assisted living communities because they care for a similar population and can face similar infection risks. 

IPCO Version 2 is designed to train Infection Preventionists and is approved for 25 ANCC contact hours. The online course is also now approved for 22 NAB CEUs for Administrators. AHCA/NCAL recognizes Administrators will not serve as designated Infection Preventionists but recommends that Administrators consider taking the course to gain a deeper understanding of infection prevention and control in the overall operation of a nursing facility as this is a high target area for survey and liability. 

  • IPCO Version 2 includes:Updated regulatory requirements and added course content, including: 
    • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)
    • Candida Auris
    • Water management
    • COVID-19
  • Bonus Content – All persons who register for IPCO Version 2 receive additional non-CE approved content. Topics include Interim COVID-19 Guidance, and courses on PPE and N-95 mask use.  

The registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. There are no refunds and no transfers. Registrants have one year to complete the course. Payment and registration are made online at ahcancalED. Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more by contacting educate@ahca.org

Note that while CDC/CMS does offer a free infection prevention training course, AHCA’s IPCO Version 2 training is far more comprehensive and includes updated information that is taught by experts with real-life practical long term care experience. 

Members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to register for IPCO Version 2. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, members should e-mail educate@ahca.org with their name and facility contact information. 

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