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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/16/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This conversation will inspire a new leadership perspective, moving all leaders to be creative and tenacious in meeting the challenges of the emerging culture of AL/RCF. Registration is $25 for AHCA/NCAL Member. Receive $10 off registration fee when purchasing four webinars. If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar. (No CEs)

    OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the culture of AL/RCF care relative to behavioral health, quality care, and quality of life;
    2. Apply the concept of transformational leadership and explain the benefits to workforce development;
    3. Explain the value of mastering Emotional Intelligence (EI) to improve morale, social, and work-related interactions; and
    4. Create an environment of care that speaks to the quality of life of everyone living and working in the community.

    INTENDED AUDIENCE: Leadership, Managers, Supervisors

    AL/RCF leaders are traumatized, fatigued, disillusioned and, in some cases, hopeless to recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. With many seasoned leaders opting out of the next chapter of AL/RCF, valuable experiential knowledge and support is out of reach for a new generation of leaders. What will the AL/RCF community of tomorrow look like? Do you know where your organization is headed or how you will attract and sustain the workforce you’ll need to meet the needs of future customers? 

    This conversation will inspire a new leadership perspective, moving all leaders to be creative and tenacious in meeting the challenges of the emerging culture of AL/RCF. The concept of transformative leadership and strategies every leader should consider in creating an environment of care that speaks to the needs and satisfaction of everyone living and working in the community is the focus of this session.

    COST: $25 AHCA/NCAL Member
    If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar.  
    Receive $10 off registration fee when purchasing four webinars. All webinars must be in your cart during the checkout process in order to receive discount.
    Additional webinars are:  
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    Registration is now open. See the AHCA/NCAL Events page.
  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/14/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session provides strategies for anticipating the circumstances and events that may trigger negative interactions in a diverse community of residents, offering new thinking on how to achieve an environment of healing and recovery for today, and tomorrow. Registration is $25 for AHCA/NCAL Member. Receive $10 off registration fee when purchasing four webinars. If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar. (No CEs)

    OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic relative to quarantine and social distancing on psychosocial well-being;
    2. Develop a well-trained, culturally competent staff prepared to meet the behavioral health needs of a diverse and ever-changing population; and
    3. Implement effective interventions to anticipate and minimize the potential for aggression and altercations.

    INTENDED AUDIENCE: Appropriate to all disciplines and positions

    While there has been increasing attention to the subject of abuse prevention in long-term care, aggression between residents is rarely recognized as a significant concern. Too often, negative and aggressive physical, sexual, or verbal interactions that in any other community setting would likely be construed as unwelcome and potentially leading to physical or psychological distress are overlooked.

    The COVID-19 Pandemic has added an additional layer of stress to an already volatile environment. Heightened anxiety, depression, loneliness, and cabin fever have resulted in an increase in dissatisfaction and social unrest. This session provides strategies for anticipating the circumstances and events that may trigger negative interactions in a diverse community of residents, offering new thinking on how to achieve an environment of healing and recovery for today, and tomorrow.

    CONTENT:

    1. Review of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the long-term care industry;
    2. Discussion on the circumstances (i.e., clinical, social) motivating social unrest and the steps
      necessary to creating an inclusive, satisfying environment; and 
    3. Strategies for proactive assessment and care planning to minimize the potential for disputes and aggressive behavior.
    If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar. 
    Receive $10 off registration fee when purchasing four webinars. All webinars must be in your cart during the checkout process in order to receive discount.
    Additional webinars are: 
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    Registration is now open. See the AHCA/NCAL Events page.
  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/01/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will cover examples of upskilling programs and summarize key elements an organization needs to consider when creating their own programs to help employees train and develop skills that support and help them grow in their current role. Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members.

    Career upskilling, providing employees the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge, is one way of helping employees continue to grow in their current role. This provides an opportunity for employees to feel more engaged and helps retain staff. This session will cover examples of upskilling programs and summarize key elements an organization needs to consider when creating their own programs to help employees train and develop skills that support and help them grow in their current role.

    Session Objectives

    1. Describe what career upskilling is.
    2. Explain how career upskilling can support employee retention.
    3. Identify elements needed for a successful career upskilling program. 

    Speakers

    • Roxy Stennett, Avamere Living Skilled Nursing
    • Erin Hart, Ohio Health Care Association 
    Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members. 
    If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar.
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.

    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. Materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 4 Product(s)

    This series will focus on issues from career ladders to getting more youth interested in the long term care field to hiring immigrants and refugees. Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members. Each webinar will be recorded.

    AHCA/NCAL plans to hold a webinar series this year focused on workforce related matters impacting our long term care providers across the country.  This series will focus on issues from career ladders to getting more youth interested in the long term care field to hiring immigrants and refugees.  During this series, you will hear directly from provider members – including AHCA/NCAL workforce committee members – and other experts on these matters on what has and hasn’t worked from their experiences.  It will also be an opportunity to get your pressing questions answered. 

    Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members. 

    If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar. (No CEs)

    Webinar's in this series will include:
    1. Building the Path: Creating Careers in Long Term Care: recording now available
    2. Refugee Workforce Partnerships in Long Term Care: May 9th at 2 pm ET
    3. Q3 TBD
    4. Q4 TBD

    Additional webinars will be released throughout the year. Registrants will receive an email notification of future scheduled webinars. 

    If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar.
    Follow the Instructions Below to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing email and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register.
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.

    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. Materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/09/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join National Quality Award Program staff for essential information and insights to commence your 2025 application process with precision and efficacy. This webinar will outline crucial deadlines, pivotal dates, and resources tailored to enhance applicant support. Participants will gain insight into new educational tools, as well as updates to existing resources. Participants will understand the significance of program policies and how they impact their application. Additionally, participants will also have the chance to get their questions answered.

    Join National Quality Award Program staff for essential information and insights to commence your 2025 application process with precision and efficacy. This webinar will outline crucial deadlines, pivotal dates, and resources tailored to enhance applicant support. Participants will gain insight into new educational tools, as well as updates to existing resources. Participants will understand the significance of program policies and how they impact their application. Additionally, participants will also have the chance to get their questions answered.

    Registration is available for AHCA/NCAL Members only.
    Follow the Instructions Below to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing email and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the Create an Account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register.
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.

    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. Materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of the American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/26/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Mitigating Liability Claims in Assisted Living is a webinar created to help assisted living providers understand the top areas of liability risk and the steps that can be taken to reduce liability risk in assisted living. The Webinar provides real-life scenarios of high-risk situations, and how to mitigate risk when these situations arise. Registration is free and available for AHCA/NCAL Members Only. If you are not able to attend live the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after the webinar. (No CEs)

    Mitigating Liability Claims in Assisted Living is a webinar created to help assisted living providers understand the top areas of liability risk and the steps that can be taken to reduce liability risk in assisted living. The Webinar provides real-life scenarios of high-risk situations, and how to mitigate risk when these situations arise. If you are not able to attend live the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after the webinar. (No CEs)

    OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the top three areas of liability risk in assisted living.
    • State three steps that can be taken to reduce liability risk in assisted living.
    • Evaluate their own policies, procedures, and practices for liability risk based on knowledge gained in session.
    • Discuss trends and the role of various staff in assisted living to reduce liability risk.

    INTENDED AUDIENCE: Leadership, Managers, Supervisors, Admissions/Marketing Staff, Risk Management Staff

    Registration is free and available for AHCA/NCAL Members only.
    Follow the Instructions Below to Register:  
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome.  
    • Members will need to log in using their existing email and password first.  
    • Once you are logged in to the website you can register by clicking the green register button at the top right of the page.  
    • If you have forgotten your password click here.  
    • You can create an account here if you are new to the site. Answer all fields on the Create an Account page; especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register.
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.
    If you cannot attend live, an archive recording will be available post-event.  Registrants will be awarded a certificate of attendance after completion of the webinar.  (No CEs)

    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. Materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of the American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/10/2024

    AHCA is hosting a member-only webinar on Wednesday June 5th with a panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to review your questions about Enhanced Barrier Precautions. If you have questions about EBP, or would like to listen in to hear questions from other providers? Register today! Registration is available to AHCA/NCAL members. A certificate of attendance will be available after the webinar. (No CEs)

    On March 20, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued QSO-24-08-NH, providing guidance for State Survey Agencies (SSAs) and Nursing Homes on the use of EBP to align with nationally accepted standards. This guidance is incorporated into F880 Infection Prevention and Control and was effective April 1, 2024.

     AHCA is hosting a member-only webinar on Wednesday June 5th with a panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to review your questions about Enhanced Barrier Precautions. If you have questions about EBP, or would like to listen in to hear questions from other providers? Register today!

    Registration is available to AHCA/NCAL members. 

    Follow the Instructions Below to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing email and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register.
    A certificate of attendance will be available after the webinar (No CEs). 
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.



    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. All materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Refugee partnerships can provide great opportunities for all parties involved. This session will provide an overview of refugee workforce partnerships and efforts going on with a LTC provider, AHCA/NCAL state affiliate and a national refugee organization. More details can be found below. Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members.

    Refugee partnerships can provide great opportunities for all parties involved. This session will provide an overview of refugee workforce partnerships and efforts going on with a LTC provider, AHCA/NCAL state affiliate and a national refugee organization. More details can be found below.

    1. Hear from a LTC provider who works with the Grace Initiative, which helps to place Haitian refugees into jobs in Vermont.  The provider is currently hosting three refugees, and they are filling dietary and geriatric aide positions. More on this initiative can be found here: Grace Initiative Global (grace-initiative.org).
    2. Arizona Health Care Association’s work with the refugee population in Arizona is through the AHCA WORKS (Workforce, Outreach, Retention are Keys to Success) grant. AHCA WORKS has joined with the Arizona State University, Education for Humanity Program that operates the Refugee Career Pathways for The Office of Refugee Resettlement, The Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Refugee Resettlement Program.  These three entities have developed a robust refugee NA training program with wrap around services that provide English as a second language in addition and in concert with their 120 hours of NA curriculum (taking the course to 320 hours). Further wrap around services are provided to assist with transportation, child care and other areas as needed by the student.
    3. Hear from the International Rescue Committee about Welcome Corps at Work, which is a program that matches employers in this country with skilled refugees in need of resettlement and enables refugees and their immediate families to relocate permanently to the United States. This program seeks to provide a sustainable, scalable solution to workforce and skills shortages among U.S. employers at absolutely no cost to the employers.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify resources that can support your organization in forming refugee partnerships.
    2. Better understand any potential obstacles that you might encounter in the refugee partnership process.
    3. Have the opportunity to get your pressing questions answered.
    Session Speakers:
    1. Jeff Barrett, Director of Workforce and Leadership Development at the Arizona Health Care Association
    2. Patricia Horn, Community Executive Director at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community
    3. Lakythia Ferby, Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment (Workforce Development), Program Excellence (PE) at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
    Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members. 
    If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be provided to you. A certificate of attendance will be available after webinar.
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.

    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. Materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

  • New IPCO for AL
    Contains 37 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a either assisted living or skilled nursing centers. The course is open to AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650. If you are not sure of your member status, please email educate@ahca.org before making payment.

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    Now more than ever, an Infection Prevention Control Officer is critical to have in your building/organization. AHCA/NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) for Assisted Living, is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) in a Long Term Care setting, which is a requirement by CMS for skilled nursing centers. With this version for assisted living, we’ve added information on how these concepts can also be applied to the assisted living setting but still also contains information necessary to be recognized by CMS as having received additional training in infection control. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in either assisted living or skilled nursing centers.

    The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living is happy to announce the launch of the assisted living version of the Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) training.  This updated version incorporates information from the COVID-19 pandemic,  the most recent regulatory requirements as well as sections on Candida auris, Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs), and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP).  Additionally, there is an entire section on how to get an effective water management program running in your center.  

    The Assisted Living IPCO Training includes:
    • Added:
      • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)
      • Candida auris
      • Water management program
      • COVID-19
    •  25.5 ANCC Contact Hours and 28.75 hours of continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration
    • Updated regulatory requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities that make this version eligible to meet the requirements for both SNF and assisted living facilities
    The training is an online, self-study program on ahcancalED. The training includes online lectures, case studies, and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. 
    Objectives
    Students who complete this course successfully will be able to: 
    • Demonstrate how to effectively manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program within my healthcare setting
    • Convey to staff effective strategies to prevent infections
    • Implement practices and procedures to mitigate infections
    • Evaluate practices and policies related to infection prevention
    • Provide ongoing education to others including staff, residents, and families
    Cost:  AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650.  
    Group purchase with discount structure is available for groups of five or more. There are no refunds and no transfers. Visit the FAQs to know more about the discount offered.
    Accredited Continuing Education
    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by University of Nebraska Medical Center and American Health Care Association. University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 
    NURSES/NURSE PRACTITIONERS
    The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this activity for 25.5 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit for the actual time spent participating in the activity.
    Certificates
    Three certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of the program:
    1. UNMC CON CiPDI will provide a certificate awarding 25.5 contact hours.
    2. AHCA/NCAL will provide a Specialized Training Completion certificate, valid for 3 years.  
    3. 28.75 continuing education hours (CEs) from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
    Certificates Renewal - specialized training completion certificates are valid for 3 years. Click here for information about renewing your AHCA IPCO Certificate
    If you are not sure of your member status, please email educate@ahca.org before making payment. 

    © 2024 American Health Care Association. All rights reserved. All Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) for Assisted Living materials subject to this copyright may be photocopied or distributed for the purpose of nonprofit or educational advancement. The use, photocopying, and distribution for commercial purposes of any of these materials is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of American Health Care Association.

    Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, FACHCA

    Senior VP, Quality, Regulatory & Clinical Services

     Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, FACHCA brings both passion anda wealth of practical, real-world, clinical and operational experience to herrole as Senior Director of Clinical Services at AHCA. Her extensive service ina wide array of settings including post-acute care, long term care, residentialcare, assisted living, independent living, a psychiatric hospital andoccupational health have provided her with insights, knowledge, skills andinnovative ideas which she exuberantly shares with others.

    In addition to her vast clinical experience, Ms. Harmon hasput her dynamic energy into leading the statewide Maine Culture ChangeCoalition/LANE as President, the Maine Partnership to Improve Dementia Care inNursing Homes as Co-Chair, Vice-President of American College of Health CareAdministrators, Maine Chapter and the Maine LANE Co-Convener for the nationalAdvancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign. She also served asthe Director of Quality Improvement & Regulatory Affairs at the MaineHealth Care Association.

    She puts her boundless energy and warm and energeticpersonality into training, education and presenting both, nationally andlocally. She has made simplifying the complex world of long term and post-acutecare policy and practice an art.

    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Chief Medical Officer , AHCA

    Chief Medical Officer, AHCA David Gifford, MD, MPH, is a geriatrician and former medical director of several nursing homes in Rhode Island. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at the American Health Care Association. He helped create the Quality Department at AHCA which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with administration officials on regulations and policies impacting the profession. 


    Dr. Gifford also serves on the Board of the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign and the Baldrige Foundation Board. He is a former Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Health, where he received the National Governor’s award for Distinguished Service Award for State Officials. Prior to that he served as Chief Medical Officer for Quality Partners of Rhode Island where he directed CMS’ national nursing home-based quality improvement effort. He also holds a faculty appointment at Brown University Medical School and School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA where he also earned his Master’s in Public Health while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. 

    Marguerite McLaughlin, MA

    VP, RIHCA

    MARGUERITE M. McLaughlin has recently been named Vice President at the RI Healthcare Association. She has worked in the nation’s capital as Senior Director of Quality Improvement at AHCA. She pursues her passion for improving the lives of residents living in long term care centers by developing educational resources, tools and products for staff, and consulting with  staff to improve quality within nursing centers. Ms. McLaughlin is an enthusiastic educator and trainer working both locally and nationally to support change in healthcare. Her 30+ years of experience – at Saint Elizabeth Home, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Healthcentric Advisors (the state’s Quality Improvement Organization) have provided her with unique insights and “boots on the ground” experience in helping organizations improve care and service to their residents. She has served as liaison to the Industry Partnership for Healthcare under the Governor’s Workforce Board-Rhode Island. In this role she provided solutions to bridge the skills gaps within the healthcare industry.  She was Co-Chair of SAGE-RI for six years. She earned a Master’s degree in Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina and applies this knowledge to individualized care and organizational culture.

    Janet Snipes, NHA

    Chair, AHCA Quality Improvement Committee

    Janet Snipes NHA is the Executive Director of Holly Heights Center in Denver, CO. Janet has worked at Holly Heights for the past 40 years.  She has served on the Colorado Health Care Association Board of Directors for the past 20 years and was the Chairman of the Board from 2004-2014.  She served as Chair of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) Quality Improvement Committee from 2010 to 2014.  Janet is currently the Chair of the AHCA Survey Regulatory Committee and serves on the AHCA Board of Governors.

    Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH

    Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    A geriatrician, former John Franklin Chair of Geriatrics and Director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastern Virginia Medical School (1996-2007), and Director of Center for Geriatrics and Palliative Care at University Hospitals in Cleveland (2014-2017), Stefan Gravenstein is now the David S. Greer Professor of Geriatrics and Professor in the departments of Medicine and Health Services Policy and Practice at Brown's schools of medicine and public health. He serves as the Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Associate Director of the Center on Innovation in Long-Term Services and Supports at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Gravenstein has a long-standing interest in immunity, inflammation, cardiovascular outcomes and aging especially in the context of vaccines and the long-term care setting, and the topic of the majority of his publications. He also has a specific interest in quality improvement in health care, the culture of care, antimicrobial stewardship, and how to improve care transitions. Beginning n 2020, he became active in several projects related to COVID in long-term care.  He was Clinical Director at Healthcentric Advisors, Medicare's Quality Improvement Organization for New England from 2007 to 2019.

    Elie Saade, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine

    Dr. Elie Saade is Assistant Professor Medicine at  Case Western University School of Medicine. He specializes in infectious diseases.

    Linda Behan, BSN, RN, CWCN, CIC

    Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control

    Genesis HealthCare

    Linda Behan BSN, RN, CIC is the Corporate Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Genesis HealthCare.  Linda has been certified in infection prevention and control for over 10 years. She leads a team of Infection Preventionists in developing policies and procedures as well as developing and delivering education across the company.  Linda serves on the APIC Professional Development Committee and frequently presents at healthcare and professional organization conferences.

    Gail Polanski, RN, BSN

    President of Tara Therapy, LLC

    Gail Polanski RN, BSN serves as the President of Tara Therapy, LLC, a position she has held since 2003.  As President, Gail leads a team of dedicated professionals in providing therapy services to patients in skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, home health and hospice programs. Gail has more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions. Her expertise includes the delivery of rehabilitation services, denials management, compliance, and case mix management. She is knowledgeable of Medicare regulations and managed care contractual requirements.

     Prior to joining Tara Therapy, Gail was an independent consultant and entrepreneur. As owner of MG Healthcare Solutions, she provided consulting services to clients across the country on the changing Medicare payment program and SNF PPS regulations. Gail has presented at national conventions and is currently an active member of the AHCA Clinical Practice Committee and serves as the co-chair for the MDS/IMPACT subcommittee.

    Stacey Merritt Hord, LNHA, MCD, CCC-SLP, QAPI

    Vice President of Quality for Golden Living

    Stacey Merritt Hord is the 2016/2017 Chair of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Improvement Committee and Vice President of Quality for Golden Living, the 3rd largest long term care provider in the country. Stacey is a health care executive with expertise in educating, deploying and sustaining Baldrige as a Business Model in post acute care and other sectors. Facilities under her operational oversight as an LNHA received AHCA Bronze and Silver recognition along with Alabama Level 1 Commitment to Excellence, Level 2 Progress Toward Excellence, and Level 3 Alabama Excellence recognition. Her faculty experience includes the AHCA/NCAL national convention, Alabama Quality Award Conference, AHCA Quality Symposium/Summit, Georgia Health Care Association Convention, and other venues. Stacey served on the panel of experts for the AL Quality Award Conference from 2004 - 2008 and has served as an AHCA Quality Award Examiner in multiple roles (Bronze, Silver, Silver Team Leader, Master Examiner) since 2002. She served as a member of the AHCA Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) and AHCA QAPI subcommittee from 2012- 2015. In addition, Stacey served as Chair of the 2015 QAPI Tools and Resources WorkGroup for the Quality Improvement Committee.

    Pamela Truscott, DNP/HSL, MSN/Ed, RN, C-CNL, C-AL, DNS-CT, QCP, RAC-CT, CDP

    Director of Quality Improvement, AHCA/NCAL

    NCAL

    Pamela Truscott, DNP/HSL, MSN/Ed, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Director of Quality Improvement with the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). She joined the AHCA/NCAL family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control. Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA) as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years and is a Nebraska Assisted LIving Administrator. Before joining the NHCA team, she worked in a rural nursing home with attached assisted living community for 15 years in a variety of roles, including: charge nurse, wound nurse, medication aide, and direct care staff member. She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses. She received a Doctor of Nursing Practice with specialy focus in Healthcare Systems Leadership and Master of Science in Nursing with focus in nursing education degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.

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    Frequently Asked Questions
    What is the AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO)?

    It is a specialized training for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) in either Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Centers. as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities (required by November 2019).  Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in both a skilled nursing center and assisted living and will receive a certificate that is recognized as completing additional training in infection control to meet CMS requirements to serve as an IP in Skilled Nursing Centers. 

    Do you have to be an AHCA NCAL member to register for IPCO?

    No. Both AHCA NCAL members and nonmembers are eligible to participate in the IPCO course.

    How much does it cost to take the IPCO training?

    Registration fee: $450 AHCA NCAL members, $650 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in the IPCO product in ahcancalED.

    How can an individual register and pay for IPCO? 

    The individual who wants to take the IPCO course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login which if you don’t have or forgot can easily set up by following the instructions. Payment will be made in ahcancalED upon registration via credit card or E-check. Please be sure to have your credit card or banking information ready at checkout. Paying by credit card or E-check will grant automatic access to the course. Registrations for IPCO cannot be done by another person or under another person’s ahcancalED login.

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    How can an organization group register and pay for IPCO?

    Group purchase is available for groups of 5 or more.  AHCA NCAL offers the following discount structure for groups: 5-49 registrations will receive $25 off each registration.  50 or more registrations will receive $75 off each registration. 

    After full payment is made for group purchase of IPCO, the designated individuals who the IPCO registration payment was made for, will be provided with a unique group code for their group which will translate to $0 due upon registration (because full payment has already been received).  One code will be provided for each group with a max allowance of times that the code can be used based on the group’s payment. 

    Each individual will need to login to the AHCA NCAL website to access ahcancalED and then complete their own registration using the group code.

    Can I get a refund on the IPCO product if I no longer want to take the course?

    No refunds are issued for IPCO.

    Can my IPCO registration be transferred to a colleague?

    IPCO registrations cannot be transferred. The individual that registers for the course is the only one that has access to it.

    Who is eligible to take this training?

    Anyone can take this training.  The AHCA NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training does not require a particular healthcare license. 

    AHCA/NCAL recommends that administrators also consider taking the course to gain a deeper understanding of infection prevention and control in the overall operation of the building.  Just a reminder that administrators should not serve as designated Infection Preventionists in Skilled Nursing Center per CMS regulations unless they have separate formal advanced clinical training and/or licensing such as a nursing license.     

    Please note, there are specific CMS requirements for the individual(s) who will serve as Infection Preventionist(s) in Skilled Nursing Center. While there are not currently any national requirements for assisted living facilities, states may establish specific requirements at some point. 

    CMS regulations for an person to serve as an IP in the Skilled Nursing Center is governed by 483.80 (b) Infection preventionist. The Skilled Nursing Facility must designate one or more individual(s) as the infection preventionist(s) (IPs) who are responsible for the facility’s IPCP. The IP must:

    (1) Have primary professional training in nursing, medical technology, microbiology, epidemiology, or other related field;

    (2) Be qualified by education, training, experience or certification;

    (3) Work at least part-time at the facility; and

    (4) Have completed specialized training in infection prevention and control.

    What are the requirements to successfully complete IPCO?

    Participate in each module and successfully complete quizzes throughout the course and final test (achieve at least 80% correct each time)

    Modules 1-7 will have quizzes with 5 questions (4 of 5 questions must be accurately completed) except for module 3 which will have 10 questions (8 of 10 questions must be accurately completed).

    The final test after Module 9 will have 125 questions (100 of 125 questions must be accurately completed).

    Each module quiz may be attempted three times before the participant is required to repeat the module and then reattempt answering questions. 

    Complete course evaluation after each module and at the end of the course. 

    Course completion must occur within 12 months of the date the registrant starts the first required component of the program; which is the copyright agreement.(not registration date)

    How long does it take on average to complete the IPCO course?

    The learning time of all modules, review of additional resources, time to complete the modules and final course evaluations and quizzes/final test accounts for 25 hours and 30 minutes. 

    Participants are encouraged to spread out the course over time in an organized manner – such as scheduling module reviews on various dates/times when they can focus their attention to it.  The course could be completed within a week or over several months based on how the individual would like to approach the program. 

    Are Contact Hours awarded for IPCO?

    Yes, 25.5 ANCC contact hours and 28.75 hours continuing education hours (CEs) from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) are available for completion of this program. 

    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by University of Nebraska Medical Center and American Health Care Association. University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    What does a participant get when they complete the IPCO course?

    Participants receive three certificates at the completion of IPCO:

    • UNMC CON CiPDI will provide a certificate awarding 25.5 contact hours to participants who successfully achieve the completion requirements.
    • 28.75 continuing education hours (CEs) from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
    • Specialized Training Completion certificate from AHCA NCAL, valid for 3 years. 
    How long do the certificates last?

    The CE certificates do not expire. The Specialized Training Completion certificate expires after 3 years from issue date.

    How can someone renew their IPCO certificate?

    Renewal may occur by the options below:

    Option 1: Registering for a competency exam requiring a grade of 80% or above to successfully receive certificate of renewal. This option is only available to individuals who have previously successfully completed the full IPCO course and are seeking renewal.  

    Option 2: Registering for the IPCO course and completing the course requirements as outlined above. 

    Is IPCO a certification?

    No, IPCO is a specialized training program with a certificate upon successful completion. While it is not a certification, IPCO does meet both the content and intensity/duration of CMS requirements to serve as an Infection Preventionist. 

    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 NCAL received from CMS, the IPCO training meets both the content and intensity/duration of CMS requirements.  

    Can I print the presentation slides and how can I access the resources within the module? 

    Each module contains a resource guide which includes a copy of the presentation and any necessary supporting documents discussed within the module. This resource guide can be found at the top right corner within each module. 

    I am having technical difficulties with IPCO, can you help?

    Please email us at educate@ahca.org.

    How can an organization group register and pay for IPCO?

    One user can purchase multiple registrations for other users by adding them to their cart during the checkout process; using the button displayed in image below. (This can only be done if all individuals have an ahcancalED account.) The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). 

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    *payment tip: please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

    Group purchase is available for groups of 25 or more. If you are interested in group purchasing, please email educate@ahca.org

    After full payment is made for group purchase, the designated individuals who the course registration payment was made for, will be provided with a unique group code for their group which will translate to $0 due upon registration (because full payment has already been received).  One code will be provided for each group with a max allowance of times that the code can be used based on the group’s payment. 

    Each individual will need to login to the AHCA website to access ahcancalED and then complete their own registration using the group code.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY ACCEPT PAYMENT IN THE FORM OF A CHECK FOR GROUP PURCHASES.  

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    In this module staff will learn how to apply the elements of Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to identify and resolve individual and systemic concerns and accomplish goals based on individualized health and safety needs. Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members

    Nursing staff should know the risk factors contributing to falls and ways to prevent them. In addition, they should be able to manage injuries that result from falls. Staff should understand what it means to work in a safe environment, where nursing staff can work together as a team and share information openly. It also means they understand that keeping residents safe, and not worrying about who might be to blame when things go wrong, is the most important consideration.

    Staff will learn how to apply the elements of Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to identify and resolve individual and systemic concerns and accomplish goals based on individualized health and safety needs.

    Registration is free to AHCA/NCAL members
    Follow the Instructions Below to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing email and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register.
    Email educate@ahca.org if you need assistance.
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