IPCO Update and a One-Week IPCO Sale / AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training Program

Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

AHCA has recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions document for the AHCA/NCAL Infection Prevention and Control Officer Training (IPCO) to reflect a change permitting registration payments by check. This document can be referenced to answer the most common member questions about the IPCO program and is posted on the ASHCAE Clearinghouse. 

AHCA will be promoting the IPCO program heavily at convention in San Diego in an effort to boost sales and raise member awareness of the program as we head into the final quarter of 2018. As part of that effort, AHCA/NCAL is running a $50 off sale on IPCO during the week of our convention for attendees (October 7 – 15). The promo code to receive the $50 discount is “CONV18.This promo code will be honored regardless of whether members attend the AHCA/NCAL annual convention. Feel free to include the promo code in your member communications this week. Just be sure to include the promo code CONV18 and the October 7-15, 2018 sale dates in your articles. 

Below is NYSHFA's our most recent member mailing on the subject:

The most frequently cited F-Tag in standard nursing facility health inspection surveys under the new survey process is F880 – Infection Prevention & Control. Since November 2017 when the new survey process began, more than one-third of surveys conducted across the nation have included a F880 Infection Prevention & Control citation. 

NYSHFA is writing to remind you about an important educational tool that is specifically designed to support infection prevention and control programs.  AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) program is specially designed to prepare individuals to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention & Control program in skilled nursing centers.

AHCA’s course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training that meets the educational requirements outlined by CMS. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care. The AHCA program gets rave reviews with 97 percent of health care professionals who have completed the course recommending IPCO to their colleagues.

The course 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.

The training course registration fee is $450 for NYSHFA members. There are no refunds and no transfers. Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED . Group discounts are available for purchases of 25 or more IPCO registrations. The IPCO course can be accessed here or at: https://educate.ahcancal.org/p/ipco.

To access ahcancalED and the IPCO course, members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail update@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information.

Avoid the F880 tag. Prepare your center and staff now for success in infection prevention and control under the new survey process. We encourage you to register for IPCO! 

NYSHFA CONTACTS: 

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15