ICP's 2018 Infection Control Education Series

For more information contact Mary Burkart at mburkart@icppharm.com

It is no secret that Federal citations related to Infection Control continue to be a frequently issued tag. Navigating changes in the rules and guidelines required for a successful Infection Control Program in your building may be a bit easier with assistance from multiple sources. ICP has developed a six-part webinar series to help your facility manage the new regulations and requirements. As effective Antibiotic Stewards, ICP has developed tools to assist with illness identification and decision grids for antibiotic use. The tools and other resources are available through your consultant and will be presented in these programs along with other tools.

Phase 2 of CMS requirements became effective November 28, 2017. F-tags: F880 – Infection Prevention and Control (formerly F441), F881 – Antibiotic Stewardship Program and F883 – Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunizations (formerly F334) are currently part of the changes that were implemented. F-tag 882 – Infection Control Preventionist will become part of the requirement starting November 28, 2018. CMS is requiring nursing homes to develop stronger practices including surveillance, antibiotic stewardship and infection control.

The first program discusses changes that require facility teamwork - highlighting and enhancing ongoing resident safety. Prioritized integration of new infection control practices through Quality Assurance /Quality Improvement programs (QAPI) is a must for success. Emphasis will be placed on compliance with the Conditions of Participation (COP) and development and implementation of a facility–based Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP). Discussion of these F-tags enhance the understanding that infection control is everyone’s responsibility. The program’s structure boosts the nursing staff’s knowledge of the survey process, new federal tags and policy changes.

Requirements and Guidelines for a Successful Infection Control Program webinar will be presented February 14, 2018 as part 1 of a 6-part series. The series will include: Partnering with Pharmacy for a Successful Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Zoning in on Respiratory Illness and Infections, Identifying Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, The GI Bug, Types and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections. These programs continue to focus on the infection control principles and practices along with the new requirements and conditions of participation required by CMS.

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