AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Training Nets Positive Change in Practice Programs and Resources Published:May 25, 2021 Dave Kyllo Page ContentAHCA/NCAL’s popular Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO Version 2) is recommended for individuals responsible for infection prevention and control in all long term care settings. One-hundred percent of the individuals who completed the IPCO course in 2020 reported that they intended to apply their new knowledge and make changes at their facilities. A full 98 percent said they believed they were better equipped to implement policies and procedures to mitigate infections. AHCA has long recommended that each skilled nursing facility train at least two Infection Preventionists through AHCA’s IPCO training program should one Infection Preventionist leave the facility or be unavailable. On a May 13, 2020 nationwide conference call for nursing homes, CMS also recommended that skilled nursing facilities have two Infection Preventionists for the same reasons. IPCO Version 2 is designed to train Infection Preventionists and is approved for 25 ANCC contact hours. The online course is also now approved for 22 NAB CEUs for Administrators. AHCA/NCAL recognizes Administrators will not serve as designated Infection Preventionists but recommends that Administrators consider taking the course to gain a deeper understanding of infection prevention and control in the overall operation of a nursing facility as this remains a high target area for survey and liability. The course also is recommended for clinical leaders in assisted living communities. Phase III Requirements of Participation took effect November 28, 2019 and mandate that every nursing facility have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist who is running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. IPCO Version 2 includes:Updated regulatory requirements and added course content, including: Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)Candida AurisWater managementCOVID-19Bonus Content – All persons who register for IPCO Version 2 receive additional non-CE approved content. Topics include Interim COVID-19 Guidance, and courses on PPE and N-95 mask use. The registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. There are no refunds and no transfers. Registrants have one year to complete the course. Payment and registration are made online at ahcancalED. Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more by contacting email@example.com. Note that while CDC/CMS does offer a free infection prevention training course, AHCA’s IPCO training is far more comprehensive and includes updated information that is taught by experts with real-life practical long term care experience. Members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to register for IPCO Version 2. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, members should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and facility contact information.