Infection Prevention and Control Officer
Online Training Now Available
The Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL) is rolling out a new online training program to members in partnership with the American Health Care Association (AHCA). This self-study, self-paced online training covers all components of the new Infection Prevention and Control Requirements from CMS. Individuals who complete the course will be trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their nursing facilities.
What does the course include?
The course’s 23 hours of training include online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care. It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a successful Infection Prevention & Control program. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certificates including 23 ANCC contact hours.
Even though nursing facilities are not required to have a designated “Infection Preventionist” until November 2019, nursing facilities are already being held accountable to more expansive infection prevention and control federal regulations that went into effect on November 28, 2016. Those requirements were expanded even further, beginning November 28, 2017, to require that every nursing facility develop and implement an antibiotic stewardship program. This new requirement should be conducted with oversight from specially trained healthcare professionals. Surveyors nationwide are being trained this summer to survey for the expanded infection prevention & control and antibiotic stewardship requirements. The new requirements will be an important part of future survey success and the time to prepare is now!
Does IPCO meet CMS requirements?
Yes, IPCO meets the expectations CMS has outlined on the required components of the specialized training.
CMS is not endorsing any particular training, rather CMS is focused on the content and intensity/duration of what will meet the specialized training requirement. Based on information AHCA received from CMS, the IPCO training meets both the content and intensity/duration of CMS requirements.
You can compare the AHCA IPCO Certificate program to other Infection Control programs using this comparison table.
The training course registration fee is $450 for IHCA/INCAL members and $650 for nonmembers. There are no refunds and no transfers. Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED or you can access the IPCO course here. Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. If you’re interested in making a group purchase, please email AHCA at email@example.com.
Please refer to the IPCO FAQs document for more detail.
How do I sign up?
Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED or you can access the IPCO course here. Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. There are no refunds and no transfers. If you’re interested in making a group purchase, please email AHCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access ahcancalED and the IPCO course, you will need to login with your AHCA/NCAL username and password. If you need assistance obtaining your AHCA/NCAL username and password, please e-mail email@example.com with your name and facility contact information. For non-members, separate registration is required on the above site.