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  • Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the healthcare industry to its core.  Infection prevention and control practices have been challenged at every corner.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, how to track and report the illness including the regulatory requirements for infection prevention and control.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices and will look at the future of infection prevention and control.  The course will describe the process for cohorting and utilizing testing to inform cohorting practices.  It will look at how to conduct self-assessment processes to continually evaluate and improve the infection prevention and control program in long term care centers.  Lastly, the course will review the process and necessity of screening practices and notifications to residents, families, and their representatives including the importance of communication.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the biology and spread of COVID-19 
    • Explain the regulatory requirements 
    • Discuss tracking illness & reporting to States/NHSN
    • Identify steps for monitoring staff use of PPE, TBC, & handwashing 
    • Describe the process of cohorting 
    • Discuss using ICAR to conduct self-assessment 
    • Explain the process and necessity for screening visitors 
    • Discuss notifying residents, families, & resident representatives 
    • Review infection prevention and control in the post-COVID-19 world
    3.0 NAB approved CEs and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing will be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz. 
    Intended Audience: 

    Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders)

    Cost:
    • $199 AHCA/NCAL members
    • $249 general public/ nonmembers 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA 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 as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  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.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members & general public    REGISTER HERE 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.

  • Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The COVID_19 pandemic has challenged infection prevention and control practices.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, what signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are, and report illness.  It will review what your role is in reporting suspicions of respiratory illness.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices including the future of infection prevention and control. 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss what COVID-19 is
    • Identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Explain your role in reporting suspicions of COVID-19
    • Discuss basics of infection prevention and control practices
    • Examine the future of infection prevention and control

    This program is free and available to AHCA/NCAL members and general public. 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA 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 as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  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.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $249 Non-Member    REGISTER HERE 

    Intended for Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders). 3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

  • High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations

    Contains 3 Component(s)
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    NOTE: The individual who wants to take the course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. With 48 hours, a second email will be sent from University of Colorado with your course enrollment link.

    The American Health Care Association and the University of Colorado (CU) RESTORE Team are pleased to offer High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations.

    Many older adults are at risk for functional decline due to underlying medical complexity, as well as deconditioning following a bout of inpatient care. This course will present an evidenced-based approach for the implementation of a high intensity progressive rehabilitation paradigm, offered as an evolution of current, lower intensity post-acute treatment approaches to address this constellation of needs. Rehabilitation professionals (Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant) will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology.

    Course Goals

    This course is designed to:

    • Inform evidence-based decision-making driven by high intensity principles
    • Provide practical tools for immediate integration of high intensity approaches into daily clinical practice
    • Empower learners with the confidence to update their current practice paradigm in the post-acute setting

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Screen all patients for safe participation in high-intensity rehabilitation
    • Establish an appropriate high-intensity plan of care for eligible patients
    • Execute effective and engaging rehabilitation sessions informed by high-intensity rehabilitation strategies
    • Perform ongoing monitoring of patient response to activity and adapt high intensity plans of care throughout the length of stay
    • Communicate and document completely and efficiently to facilitate continuity of care
    • Identify current gaps in care for older adults that high intensity rehabilitation can address and advocate for its use in the skilled nursing setting

    Registrants who successfully complete the 12-hour program will be provided the documentation necessary to submit to their respective state licensing boards for consideration for CE approval. 

    Registration Fees:
    • $495 for an employee or contracted employee registering as affiliated with an AHCA member facility
    • $595 for all other non-member registrants

    All registration and payment questions done on ahcancalED can be directed to educate@ahca.org.

    For questions pertaining to course content, course accessibility, technical troubleshooting, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.


    ABOUT RESTORE: The RESTORE team is a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program that seeks to transform the lives of older adults by helping local clinics integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.

    RESTORE aims to help our clinical partners become leaders in quality care delivery by using personalized, progressive approaches to strength and balance training. At the core of this initiative is interactive, customizable online educational platform for training rehabilitation staff in rehabilitation strategies that achieve quicker, more effective, and longer lasting home discharges to drive higher quality care. This approach to rehabilitation is timely considering evolving changes in reimbursement for post-acute rehabilitation services, favoring more effective and efficient models of care delivery. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does the High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation in Medically Complex Populations Course include?

    In this course, rehabilitation professionals (PT & PTA; OT & OTA) will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology. 

    This course is designed to:

    • Inform evidence-based decision-making driven by high intensity principles
    • Provide practical tools for immediate integration of high intensity approaches into daily clinical practice
    • Empower learners with the confidence to update their current practice paradigm in the post-acute setting
    • High-speed Internet connection
    • Adobe Reader
    • Quicktime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player
    • Chrome or Firefox internet browser
    • Navigating online tools like Canvas, Slack, BranchTrack where components of the course are housed
    • Answering email
    • Disabling a pop-up blocker
    Do you have to be an AHCA member to register?

    No. Both AHCA members (employee or contracted employee identifying as affiliated with a specific AHCA member facility upon registration) and nonmembers are eligible to participate in the course.

    How much does it cost to take the training?

    Registration fee: $495 members, $595 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in the RESTORE Registration product in ahcancalED.

    How can an individual register and pay for the course? 

    The individual who wants to take the course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login.  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.

    After making payment on ahcancalED, registrants will receive an email with a subject line “Welcome to AHCA's High Intensity Rehabilitation (1 of 2)” that contains confirmation of payment and initial course enrollment instructions.

    How can an individual get access to the course after payment is made?

    After receiving your payment confirmation from ahcancalED, within the next 48 hours, registrants will receive an email with a subject line “Welcome to AHCA's High Intensity Rehabilitation (2 of 2)” that contains the course enrollment link.  Please watch this short video that explains the enrollment process you’ll complete once you receive that enrollment email.

    Who can I contact for help?

    All registration and payment questions done on ahcancalED can be directed to educate@ahca.org.

    For questions pertaining to course content, course accessibility, technical troubleshooting, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.

    To avoid technical problems when paying for the course on ahcancalED, use CHROME. 

    Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.

    What are the Technology Requirements for the course?

    You should also be able to perform CU Denver learning platform basic technology-related tasks including:

    Note:  Canvas offers tutorials for navigating their online learning environment via the Canvas Student Guide (Links to an external site.)

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

    If you did not begin the course, you are eligible for a 100% refund.  AHCA considers the course started when you have logged on to the CU Denver Restore Team course website for the first time.

    Can my registration be transferred to a colleague?

    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?

    This training is designed for the following categories of rehabilitation professionals (Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant).

    What are the requirements to successfully complete the course?

    This is a self-paced course; however, you must complete all modules to take the Post-Assessment/Final Exam. 

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

    To foster integration of concepts with clinical practice, this course is best completed in an 8-week time span. However, it can be completed in more or less time, depending on the needs of the individual learner.

    Are Contact Hours awarded?

    AHCA will provide therapists and therapy/therapist assistants successfully completing the program sufficient documentation necessary for submission to their respective state licensing boards for consideration for continuing education (CE) credit approval.

    Should I contact my state licensing board before taking the course to be sure they will provide CE credits upon proof of completion? 

    Each state is different.  We recommend that you contact your state licensing board for specific details.  The PT and OT licensing board contacts for each state may be found here and with all other course materials on Canvas.

    If you need assistance with the payment process, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org.

    We will get back to you as soon as possible.

    If you need assistance with the Restore Course content and functionality, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu

    Where can I get more information on the course?

    For more information, visit the High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations product page or email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.

     

     

     

  • How to Prepare your Facility for Surge

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. You will need to register and create an account using your name and e-mail. Once you have created your account, you may complete the course on your own time, stopping as needed, and then rejoining the class wherever you left off. 

    Completion of this training is intended to prepare you to develop, manage and maintain a surge plan. 

    Key Takeaways 

    • Types of Surge (Begins at 9-minute mark) 
    • Components of a Surge Plan (Begins at ~10:48 minute mark) 
      • Space – Structure  
      • Staff – Identifying staff requirements 
      • Stuff – Equipment and Supplies Needed 
      • Systems – Policies and Procedures to keep residents and staff safe 
      • Safety – Providing a safe environment for residents, staff and visitors 
    • How to Develop your Surge Plan (Begins at ~16:55 minute mark)  
      • Understand the lifecycle of a surge event 
      • Include Infectious Disease Expert when developing plans, team effort to develop 

    Presented by RPA, a Jensen Hughes Company

    Main Office, 500 CrossKeys Office Park

    Fairport, NY 14450

  • Functional Outcomes Improvement Training

    Contains 31 Component(s), Includes Credits
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    Skilled nursing care providers improve the lives of the residents they care for in a number of ways, including improving their functional outcomes and independence.  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the IMPACT Act, and CMS all called for the development of functional improvement measures based on the self-care and mobility sections of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) tool.  Maintaining or improving mobility and self-care abilities is important to healthy aging and maximizing independence.  This course provides specialized training for those who are interested in improving functional outcomes, improving quality, and improving services.  It will advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes by providing a wide array of learning tools and resources to meet the needs of various staff and departments.  

    Course Objectives:  Upon Completion the learner will be able to:

    1. Recognize the role center’s play in improving functional outcomes of residents.
    2. Define how functional outcomes directly impact quality of care.
    3. Consider best practices to incorporate into every day care in centers.
    4. Identify tools to improve functional outcomes.
    5. Review the restorative nursing programs impact on functional outcomes.
    6. Review of activities and other programs in the center that can impact functional outcomes.


    Nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and others responsible for improving functional outcomes will learn from this course.    

    The program is flexible and can be completed in one sitting or one module at a time.    

    The training is delivered in five modules, including:

    • Module 1 – Explores the connection between functional outcomes and person-centered care, and how utilization of evidence-based pragmatic programs leads toward continuous improvement.
    • Module 2 – Reviews the regulations related to functional outcomes including the CMS Requirements of Participation and how functional improvement impacts reimbursement.
    • Module 3 – Covers best care coordination practices for short- and long-stay patients, including coordinating with therapy processes, and provides an overview of effective restorative nursing programs.
    • Module 4 – Closely examines care practice application and what individuals can do to increase function, team engagement and concludes with a discussion of various quality initiatives that lead to better outcomes.
    • Module 5 – Reviews the tools and resources needed to further functional outcomes improvement approaches to person-centered care.     


    Program Fees: 

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $650 Non-member

    6.5 NAB CE credits for administrators and 6.5 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Interested in Group Registration, learn more here

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA 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 as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  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.  

    Cathy Ciolek, DPT, GCS, FAPTA

    President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC

    Dr. Ciolek is President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC- providing education and consultation to promote well-being and positive expectations for people with dementia.  She has nearly 30 years physical therapy clinical experience working with older adults across the continuum of care including as staff PT, Director of PT and Director of Rehab in a skilled nursing facility and a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. She served as Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI) and as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. Additionally, Cathy is Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, a Certified Dementia Practitioner® as well as a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer®. She was recently recognized as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association for her advocacy efforts for older adults.

    Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD

    Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program Physical Therapy Program University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings including skilled nursing facilities and home health. More specifically, her research has focused on pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Over the past decade, she has received numerous awards and over $14 million dollars to support her clinical research. 

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Principal Consultant and Founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc.

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health setting, as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. She has years of experience in utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines as well as improve clinical outcomes. For the past ten years, Ellen has worked with dozens of clients as principal consultant and founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. Her experience in both the home and community aspects of the post-acute care continuum gives her a unique perspective in finding solutions while insuring a patient-centered approach is not lost in translation.

    How can an organization group register and pay?

    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* 

  • Temporary Nurse Aide

    Contains 64 Component(s)

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    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. 

    This 8-hour online training, in combination with the on-site training you will get at the facility where you are hired, will prepare you to work as a Temporary Nurse Aide, a temporary position intended to address the current state of emergency. 

    Currently, the 8-hour training program is permitted under special waivers, exceptions, or flexibilities for temporary nurse aide roles in these states:

    Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Texas and West Virginia  

     Additional training or other actions may be required in these states (please contact your state health care association or appropriate state agency for additional information about your state’s requirements):

    Alabama,Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia 
    If you plan to work in the state of Oklahoma you will need to take the free 16-hour course located here.

    If your state is not listed above, check back often as more states are being added to the list weekly. You may also contact your state health care association for additional information about your state’s requirements. Find your state health care association here.

    What Does a Temporary Nurse Aide Do?

    The Temporary Nurse Aide will help to provide aspects of resident care that include:

    • Activities of Daily Living
      • Bathing
      • Oral Care 
      • Grooming - Shaving and Nail Care
      • Dressing and Undressing
    • Infection Control and Prevention
    • Positioning, Moving, and Restorative Care
    • Nutrition and Elimination
    • Comfort Care and End of Life Care


    DISCLAIMER: AHCA/NCAL has created these courses to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the federal government has issued a blanket waiver for such temporary nurse aides, state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location.

    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. You do not need to fill out a company name if you don’t have one.
    2. After you create your account, go back to www.tempnurseaide.com and click REGISTER. This course is free.
    3. To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    4. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    5. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    Technical Troubleshooting: If you are having trouble accessing the course content, check to make sure that you are using CHROME as your browser. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not support the course website. For best results, use a desktop computer and a hardwire connection instead of Wifi.

    If you are having trouble logging in or registering for the course, click on How to Get Started.

    Have a question? Check this list for some answers. If you still need assistance, please e-mail educate@ahca.org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    1. What does the Temporary Nurse Aide do?

    The Temporary Nurse Aide helps provide resident care such as: assisting with bathing, dressing, feeding, restorative care, and more. The exact job responsibilities will be determined by the facility that hires you.

    2. Where can I work after taking this course?

    Nursing homes or “skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers” and assisted living communities. Check the Overview tab, to confirm the list of states that have approved this training course.

    To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them, and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process. 

    3. Do I need any previous experience?

    No prior health care experience is necessary.

    4. Are these temporary positions available in my state?

    Check the Overview tab for a current list of states where this training program is accepted for use. To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process. 

    5. Do I have to pay to take the course?

    No. The course is free.

    6. If I take the test and do not score 80% or higher, can I take it again?

    Yes, you may take the test up to three times. If you do not pass the test after the third attempt, you will be asked to take the course again at no charge.

    7. How do I get the certificate and share that with a facility?

    Once you have completed the course and passed the exam, you can download and print the certificate of completion before exiting the program. You can also return to the online course at any time, log in, and access the certificate again if you need another copy. You can also email educate@ahca.org and ask that an email copy be sent to you. 

    8. What additional on-the-job training will I receive?

    Each facility/company will have its own on-the-job training process. You will be helped and supervised by trained professionals while you learn your duties. You will need to demonstrate you are able to complete specific tasks with proper knowledge, skill, and behavior. Here is an example of a checklist that may be used by the hiring facility for on-site training. 

    9. If I want to keep working in long term care, what might I do after this temporary job?

    Consider becoming a certified nurse assistant (CNA). You’d be expanding on what you learned as a Temporary Nurse Aide, serving as a vital part of the care team, and developing rewarding relationships with staff and residents. The Temporary Nurse Aide course is adapted from CNAonline.com, so if you decide to get more training and become a CNA, you will already be familiar with some of the material. To learn more, please visit CNAonline.com.

     

    Once you have completed this training, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. 

    For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community that is hiring a Temporary Nurse Aide, search for facilities in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.

  • Temporary Feeding Assistant

    Contains 6 Component(s)

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    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. You will need to register and create an account using your name and e-mail. Once you have created your account, you may complete the course on your own time, stopping as needed, and then rejoining the class wherever you left off. 

    This one-hour online training is intended to allow you to work as a Temporary Feeding Assistant, a temporary position to address the current state of emergency in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities. 

    Completion of this training is intended to prepare you to assist residents with meals and dining.

    Once you have completed the course, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community in need of a Temporary Feeding Assistant, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.


    Please consult your state affiliate for additional information about your state’s requirements. 

    To begin the training, click the Contents tab above, read and agree to the Program Acknowledgement in order to move on to Part 1.

    If you need assistance, please email educate@ahca.org.

    DISCLAIMER: AHCA/NCAL has created this course to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Federal and/or state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location. 
  • Infection Preventionist Specialized Training - IPCO Version 2

    Contains 37 Component(s), Includes Credits
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    Welcome!

    Registrations for IPCO must be done by the individual who will be taking the course, under their individual login.  Registrations cannot be done by another person or under another person’s login. If you are not sure of your member status, please email educate@ahca.org before making payment. 

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

     It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    Now more than ever, an Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) is critical to have in your building/organization. The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living is happy to announce the launch of version 2 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.  

    What’s new and what’s changed:
    • Updated regulatory requirements
    • Added:
      • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)
      • Candida auris
      • Water management program
      • COVID-19
    • Increased from 23  to 25 ANCC contact hours
    • 22 hours of continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration
    • Increased length of time allowed to complete the training from 9 months to 12 months

    The training is an on-line, 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. 

    Cost

    The course is open to AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650. Group purchase with discount structure is available for groups of 25 or more. There are no refunds and no transfers.

    Objectives

    Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

    • Effectively manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program within their health care setting
    • Convey to staff effective strategies to prevent infections
    • Implement practices and procedures to mitigate infections
    • Enforce practices and policies related to infection prevention
    • Provide on-going education to others including staff, residents and families

    Individual module objectives are found in the module resource tab within the module presentations; be sure to access and review for each module.

    You have 12 months to complete the course from the date you open the course but, most participants, following the advice above could successfully complete and receive their certificate in a much quicker time frame.

    Participants must complete all training modules and successfully pass quizzes and final test with a grade of 80 or above to receive a certificate of completion from AHCA, valid for 3 years.  

    Certificates

    Three certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of the program:

    1. UNMC CON CNE will provide a certificate awarding contact hours.
    2. AHCA will provide a Specialized Training Completion certificate, valid for 3 years.  
    3. 22 hours of continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration. 
    Renewal

    Completion certificate of specialized training is valid for 3 years.

     Renewal may occur via the options below:

    • Option 1: Registering for a competency exam requiring a grade of 80% or above to successfully receive certificate of renewal. 
    • Option 2: Registering for the IPCO course and completing the course requirements as outlined above. 

    Renewal cost will be the cost of the competency exam registration for option 1 or the cost of course registration for option 2. Option 1 cost is $200 for AHCA/NCAL members and $450 for non-members. 

    Please note, the renewal competency exam is only available to individuals who have previously successfully completed the full IPCO course and are seeking renewal.  


    Registrations for IPCO must be done by the individual who will be taking the course, under their individual login.  Registrations cannot be done by another person or under another person’s login.  If you are not sure of your member status, please email educate@ahca.org before making payment. 


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    All Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) 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

    Associate Vice President, Quality & Clinical Affairs, AHCA

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

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

    She puts her boundless energy and warm and energetic personality into training, education and presenting both, nationally and locally. She has made simplifying the complex world of long term and post-acute care policy and practice an art.

    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

    David Gifford, MD, MPH, is a geriatrician and former medical director of several nursing homes in Rhode Island. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs 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. 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA 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 as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  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.  

    Marguerite McLaughlin, MA

    VP, RIHCA

    MARGUERITE M. McLaughlin has recently been named Vice President at the RI Healthcare Association.

    For the past four years 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

    Geriatrician

     Professor of Medicine at  Case Western University and Brown university. Geriatrician, formerly John Franklin Chair of Geriatrics and Director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastern Virginia Medical School (1996-2007), former Associate Division Chief for Geriatrics at University Medicine. Dr. Gravenstein has a long-standing interest in immunity, inflammation and aging especially in the context of influenza and nursing home care, 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, and how to improve care across care transitions. He served as Clinical Director at Quality Partners of Rhode Island, Medicare's Quality Improvement Organization for Rhode Island, where he worked with a team to improve patient safety and care transitions. At Brown he has worked with the Department of Community Health (Mor, PI; Gozalo) and Pop-Vicas on evaluating the impact of influenza vaccine on outcomes in long-term care. 

    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.

    Janet Robinson, RN, MEd, CIC

    Senior Program Administrator, Healthcentric Advisors

    Ms. Robinson is board certified in infection control, and has twenty-four years of consulting experience in long-term care facilities. She is an accomplished public speaker and educator in the area of long-term care infection control. In collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health as well as the American Health Care Association, she has contributed to the development of guidelines and training materials.

    Linda Behan, BSN, RN, CWCN, CIC

    Sr. 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.

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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) 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 a nursing center. 

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

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

    How much does it cost to take the IPCO training?

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

    What's new and what has changed in IPCO version 2?
    • Updated regulatory requirements
    • Increased from 23 to 25 ANCC contact hours
    • 22 hours of continuing education credit NAB approved for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration
    • Length of time allowed to complete the training increased from 9 months to 12 months

    Added course content:

      • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)
      • Candida auris
      • Water management program
      • COVID-19

    BONUS CONTENT:

    All persons who register for the course receive access to additional non-CE approved bonus content. Topics include Interim COVID-19 Guidance, and courses on PPE and N-95 mask use. 

    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.  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.

    -- for a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

    How can an organization group register and pay for IPCO?

    Group purchase is available for groups of 25 or more.  AHCA offers the following discount structure for groups: 25-49 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 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 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 unless they have separate formal advanced clinical training and/or licensing such as a nursing license.     

    Please note, there are specific requirements for the individual(s) who will serve as Infection Preventionist(s).  CMS requirements for a designated Infection Preventionist state:

    483.80 (b) Infection preventionist. The 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 20 questions (16 of 20 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. 

    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 ANCC contact hours and 22 hours of continuing education credit are NAB approved for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration are available for completion of this program.  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider) and American Health Care Association.

    The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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

    Participants receive three certificates at the completion of IPCO:

    • UNMC CON CNE will provide a certificate awarding 25 contact hours to participants who successfully achieve the completion requirements.
    • 22 hours of continuing education credit are NAB approved for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration
    • Specialized Training Completion certificate from AHCA, 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.

    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.  

    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.

    Where can I get more information on IPCO?

    For more information, visit the AHCA Infection PreventionistSpecialized Training (IPCO) product page or email educate@ahca.org.

    "I just wanted to share some kudos to the program that AHCA has developed.  We had survey last week with 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 for about 90 minutes and 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 your course and the knowledge she had gained that allowed her to put together the program! I just wanted you to be aware of what an awesome job you did in putting together the course!"  - Janet Snipes, Executive Director of Holly Heights Nursing Center

    "What a great program! I was able to complete at my own pace and learned a lot." - Connie Francioli, RN,WCC, Director of Nursing, Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation RHCC Inc.


    "The AHCA IPCO program gave me the tools I needed to be effective in my role as the Infection Preventionist and to initiate an antibiotic stewardship program.  The modules and website were easy to navigate and very convenient for my schedule. Thanks a bunch!"- Adriana Casale, BSN, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Roberts Health Centre


    "I thoroughly enjoyed the course.  I am a new to the Infection Prevention world and this engaging and interactive course provided an excellent foundation for me.  I hope to use this as a stepping stone to advance the Infection Prevention culture within my facility and my community." - Daniel Mazzone, Associate Director of Nursing and Infection Preventionist at the Acadia Center for Nursing


    "The IPCO training was intense but I gained the confidence to implement key initiatives in our facility, including antibiotic stewardship.  I have a lot to learn but I know I can go back to the course and get the information I need with any situation that I am confronted with." - Karla Ruther, Clarence Senior Living Director of Nursing


    "I really enjoyed the IPCO program. It is full of knowledge and information for any infection control program.  I would like to see more infection control class with updates on organisms and new ROPs." - Helen Durden, RN, Education Coordinator, Eagle Health and Rehabilitation


    "This course was a good blend of review, new information and practical tools for program improvement in both skilled and long term care settings. I would recommend for any nurse interested in Infection control and prevention." - Becci St Laurent | Senior Director of Education, Palm Healthcare Management, llc


    "I am recommending it to our Corporate Team members here at Laurel Health Care.  I know some Associate Team members at Ciena Heath Care have taken this training program, as well, and were very satisfied.  It really enhances and clarifies so much Infection Control information.  I feel much more confident with being and Infection Control practitioner." - Marlissa Corby, Corporate Compliance Officer, Laurel Health Care Company


     

     

     

     

    Please review the attached document before you begin the course. Help is available 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.  

  • COVID-19 Webinar & Educational Resources

    Contains 10 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/03/2020

    As concerns arise with the emerging 2019 Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, AHCA/NCAL is working nationally with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure our members receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

    This resource is free and open to AHCA/NCAL members in addition to the public. Membership to AHCA/NCAL is not required to access the materials however, you will need to create an account to identify your personal access to the materials. Learn how to create an account on the GETTING STARTED page. If you need additional assistance, please email educate@ahca.org.

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $249 Non-Member    REGISTER HERE 

    Intended for Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders). 3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members & general public    REGISTER HERE 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.


    Visit ahcancal.org

    Visit this website daily for the latest information that AHCA/NCAL has to share with our members about COVID-19. As concerns arise with the emerging coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, we are working nationally with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure our members receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

  • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Coding Updates for PDPM and Expanded Case Examples -- Updates Only Version (2.5 Hours)

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits
    Now with 2020 code and guideline updates

    Compliment your training with our New ICD-10 update and PDPM case examples for 2020.  This comprehensive 2.5 hour webinar will review 2020 new and updated ICD-10-CM guidelines and codes including those that have been added to the PDPM Clinical Categories and NTA comorbidities lists. It will also walk through four of the most commonly seen Clinical Category case examples. A must to continue your ICD-10 proficiency.  

    Program Fees:

    Member $99 

    Non-Member $149

    Upon successful completion of this course, the individual will receive 2.5 CNEs or 3.0 NAB administrator CEUs or 2.5 AHIMA CEUs.

    Short Update Training on CMS Changes to PDPM ICD-10-CM Codes Intended for Experienced  SNF Staff with Responsibilities for MDS and Billing

    If you require assistance, please email educate@ahca.org and we'll be happy to help. 

    Maria N. Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

    Director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA

    Maria N. Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P is a director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA. In her role she provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, the media and outside organizations on coding practice issues. She authors and supports AHIMA online ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding education and serves as faculty for AHIMA coding workshops, including ICD-10-CM/PCS Academies and Crack the Codes.  In addition, she is a technical advisor for the Association on ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding publications.

    Prior to joining AHIMA, Ms. Ward served as HIM Director and Compliance Officer for a small chain of acute care hospitals specializing in inpatient physical rehabilitation and inpatient geriatric psychiatry. She has over 20 years of HIM experience in various roles, including inpatient and physician coding, and medical transcription. As an educator, she was an adjunct faculty member at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, and has provided coder training across the country. Additionally, she spent over ten years working in the long-term care industry in HIM and administration.

    Ms. Ward holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration from Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, Texas, as well as an Associate in Health Information Management from South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and a Certified Coding Specialist for Physicians (CCS-P).

    How can an organization group register and pay for ICD-10 for Coder?

    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* 

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