IHCA ICAL Bulletin - 03/06/2018 (Plain Text Version)
In this issue:
The most frequently cited F-tag and how you can fix it
Since November 2017, more than one-third of surveys conducted nationwide have included a citation for F-880 Infection Prevention & Control.
The most frequently cited F-tag under the new survey process is F-880 – Infection Prevention & Control. Since November 2017 when the new nursing facility survey process began, more than one-third of surveys conducted nationwide have included a F-880 Infection Prevention & Control citation.
As stated in the Federal Register:(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.
Here's the help your facility needs
AHCA's IPCO course includes online lectures, case studies and
interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real
life experience working in long term and post-acute care. It addresses
both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects
of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively
leading and administering successful infection prevention and control
programs and antibiotic stewardship programs. Upon successful completion
of this program, participants will receive certificates including 23
ANCC contact hours.
To access the IPCO course, members will need to log into ahcancalED with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail your name and facility contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.