An Efficient Path for Demonstrating SNF Staff Competencies to Surveyors

Programs and Resources; Survey and Certification; Compliance

Surveyors are in full swing using the Phase 3 CMS Requirements of Participation (ROP) guidance to identify skilled nursing facility (SNF) noncompliance. SNFs must develop, implement and maintain effective training programs for all staff based on each facility’s resident population and facility assessment which likely will change over time.   

AHCA/NCAL offers two online programs in conjunction with Healthcare Academy®. Both programs incorporate a digital competency platform to allow for docum​entation of live skills demonstration. The digital checklists included in these programs have been designed by industry experts using evidence-based practices to help organizations develop competent and confident staff.

AHCA’s Requirements of Participation eCompetencies® is designed specifically to help skilled nursing facilities comply with F-Tag 726 under CMS’ Requirements of Participation (ROP).  The program offers an extensive library of evidence-based skills checklists that allow evaluators to assess and document staff skills in real time. Videos are included to aid in skill progression and remediation. AHCA’s ROP eCompetencies® is a comprehensive competency tool that is inter-disciplinary and relevant to all facility staff.  

AHCA/NCAL’s Infection Control Certificate Program features five eLearning modules and five eCompetencies® focused on infection control:  

eLearning modules designed to provide staff with basic knowledge in the following:

a. Infection Prevention and Control for All Staff   
b. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)                    
c. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  
d. Hand Hygiene  
e. COVID-19: PPE Guidance for Use         

Complete evidence-based digital checklists allow evaluators to confirm step-by-step knowledge and skill staff competency for:  

a. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Applying and Removing
b. Handwashing
c. Surgical Face Mask: Application and Removal
d. N95 Respirator Application and User Seal Check
e. Cleaning and Disinfecting Environmental Surfaces

Providers that participate will have access to a marketing tool kit to support their facilities’ need to publicize their commitment to staff education about infection control. 

Each program is designed to consistently train and test competency of staff members, and to electronically document staff performance as their learned skills are being evaluated. Reporting functions make it easy to track skill competency by staff member and share that information with state surveyors. The programs can be used on a laptop, iPad, and mobile device.    

Both programs are available for purchase by facilities (not individuals) at the following cost for each:  
  • AHCA/NCAL Member Pricing for facilities with 0-200 Staff Members per facility: $1,500.00
  • AHCA/NCAL Member Pricing for facilities with 201+ Staff Members per facility: $2,000.00
  • AHCA/NCAL Non-Member Pricing for facilities with 0-200 Staff Members per facility: $2,000.00
  • AHCA/NCAL Non-Member Pricing for facilities with 201+ Staff Members per facility: $2,500.00
Prices include unlimited facility use for one year from date of purchase. Prices may vary for existing Healthcare Academy clients, so members who are clients should check pricing with Healthcare Academy prior to purchase.  

Call (866) 323 4169 or email if you have questions about either program.