Infection Prevention and Control Resources

With the latest updates to the State Operations Manual, it is more important than ever to promote resident safety and well-being in skilled nursing facilities through infection prevention and control. A robust and successful infection control program requires many thoughtfully designed and well-operating pieces—from antibiotic stewardship and physician engagement to immunization planning and tracking, reduced hospital readmissions, and comprehensive clinical surveillance. Explore the resources below to learn how you can bolster your infection control program, keeping in mind that every ounce of prevention goes a long way toward ensuring a happy and healthy resident population. 

  • Common Viruses Can Be Deadly in LTC (1/17)

    By HealthDay - January 17, 2017
    RSV and human metapneumovirus need to be taken as seriously as influenza, per study author
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  • §483.30 Infection Control Tool

    By AADNS - December 08, 2016
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  • Infection Control Pilot: 2017 Update: CMS S&C Memo Includes Sample Worksheet (11/17)

    By CMS - December 04, 2016
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the second year of a three year pilot project to improve assessment of infection control and prevention regulations in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities, hospitals, and during transitions of care. 
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  • What’s Due November 28th: The Basics of Phase 1

    By Amy Stewart, RN, DNS-MT, RAC-MT, QCP-MT - November 10, 2016
    There are lots of changes on the horizon, with the three-phase implementation of the Final Rule (also known as the Mega-Rule) set to roll out over the next three years. A surprise to many is the recent news that CMS is not planning to update interpretive guidelines until 2017; CMS will update regulatory language for Phase 1 requirements under current F-Tags. Nonetheless, now is a good time to start looking closely at the new requirements in the Mega-Rule—especially those due with the implementation of Phase 1 on November 28, 2016. The good news is that Phase 1 implements requirements that, for the most part, already exist. Although relatively straightforward, these requirements still require changes that directors of nursing services (DNSs) need to be ready for. Here are the section-by-section changes that you don’t want to miss.
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  • Q&A: What is the best way to launch and implement mobile food carts with new regulations?

    By Teresa Remy, Director of Clinical Services - November 09, 2016
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  • Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide - AHRQ (10/16)

    By Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - October 28, 2016
    The Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide is a field-tested, researched-based resource with four Web-based toolkits, that offer step-by-step instructions and turnkey materials to help nursing homes improve antibiotic use and decrease healthcare-associated infections. The guide offers step-by-step instructions and materials to help nursing homes improve antibiotic use and decrease harms caused by inappropriate prescribing. The guide, which is consistent with CDC core elements of antibiotic stewardship, can also help health care providers meet CMS’ new Infection Prevention and Control Program requirements.
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  • Infection Control and the Final Mega-Rule: What Directors of Nursing Services Must Be Doing Now

    By Amy Stewart, RN, DNS-MT, RAC-MT, QCP-MT - October 12, 2016
    Now that the heat of the unusually warm summer has started to break across the country, sniffles, colds, and seasonal infections lurk around the corner. It’s the perfect weather for curling up in a sweater and reading the 713-page Final Rule on the Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities . (The 185-page Federal Register version of the Final Rule can be found here.) In case this not your plan for the weekend, you can much more quickly find out below what you need to know about infection control and the Mega-Rule, including what must be implemented by November 28, 2016, and what you can anticipate for the second two phases of the rollout.
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  • Medicare / Medicaid Reform of Requirements for LTC Facilities: CMS Final Rule (9/16)

    By CMS - September 28, 2016

    CMS finalizes improvements in care, safety, and consumer protections for long-term care facility residents. Revisions mark first major rewrite of the conditions of participation (CoP) for long-term care facilities since 1991.

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  • Nursing Home QAPI - CMS Portal UPDATED (9/16)

    By CMS - September 19, 2016

    CMS assistance related to quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI): Tools, Resources, Adverse Events, Consumer Engagement, and Description and Background.

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  • Celebrating Resident-Directed Care – Scenario 4: What would you do?

    By AANAC - August 22, 2016
    Providing resident-directed care isn’t always easy. What do we do when the resident’s choice conflicts with nursing standards of practice? Throughout the month of August, the Nurse Leader blog has explored this very question by asking you to tell us how you would approach challenging resident-care scenarios.
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