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  • Infection Prevention

    Wednesday January 4, 2017

    "Infection Prevention"

    An Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) is currently required by Federal Regulations, that state all facilities must establish a program that investigates, controls, and prevents infections in the facility.  The program, at a minimum, would adopt procedures to follow with individual residents such as residents exhibiting specific symptoms, or are diagnosed with certain types of infections.  The facility would also be responsible for maintaining a record of any infectious incident and what corrective measures were implemented to manage the infection. The facility is also charged with the task of determining ways to prevent the possible spread of infections to other individuals within facility.

    The Federal Register/Vol. 81, No. 192/Tuesday, October 4, 2016/Rules and Regulations indicate that CMS put the foundation in place for the Infection Prevention rule changes.  These changes will be implemented in "Phases",  Phase 1:   timeframe is effective date of  the final rule November 28, 2016, Phase 2: 1 year following the effective date of the final rule (November 2017), and Phase 3: 3 years following the effective date of the final rule (November 2019).

    Phase 1:

    Each facility must establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program designed to provide:

    • a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment and,

    • to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.

       

    A system of surveillance should be developed by each facility to identify possible communicable diseases or infections before they can spread to other persons in the facility.  The plan for surveillance may be a stand-alone policy or it may be included in the facility's infection prevention and control program. The facility should: a) identify what data should be collected; b)when the data should be collected; c)how the data should be collected; d)how the data will be analyzed; and e)how the results of the analyzed data will be documented and implemented.  This is not an all-inclusive list and should be viewed as an example only.

    Phase 2:

    Assessments for Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship are two of the items that will be required in this phase.  Assessments for Infection Control is an assessment tool developed by the facility to evaluate the potential risk for acquiring and transmitting infections, identifying opportunities for improvement, identify threats to residents health and identify gaps in facility practices.  The assessment should be completed by a multidisciplinary team and is one of the key building blocks of the Infection Prevention and Control Plan.  The assessment is used to establish goals and objectives, identify focus areas for surveillance, prioritize infections and control activities and/or initiatives.  The Antibiotic Stewardship Program includes protocols for antibiotic use and a system to monitor antibiotic use.  These policies and practices are in place to protect residents and improve clinical care as it relates to the use of antibiotics in nursing homes.

    Phase 3:

    Infection Control and Prevention Offices (ICPO) is defined as one or more individuals who are responsible for the facility's Infection Prevention and Control Program.  Facilities should be designating the ICPO in Phase 3.   This individual(s) must: Have primary professional training in nursing, medical technology, microbiology, epidemiology, or other related field; be qualified by education, training, experience or certification; work at least part-time at the facility; have completed specialized training in infection prevention and control; and participate in the quality assessment and performance improvement committee.   The individual designated as the Infection Preventionist must be a member of the facility's Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement committee with the responsibility to report to the committee on the Infection Prevention and Control Plan on a regular basis.

     

    For more comprehensive information on Infection Control and the Final Rule including the Phases and Timelines for Implementation, you should contact the Alabama Nursing Home Association for Seminars/Trainings/Workshops or review the list of references/resources provided below.

     

    References:

    Federal Register/Vol. 81, No. 192/Tuesday, October 4, 2016/Rules and Regulations

    Alabama Nursing Home Association Weekly Round Up

    CDC Long Term Care Antibiotic Stewardship

                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Arthur J Gallagher & Co/12-2016

    

  • 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminars

    Wednesday January 4, 2017

    AJG Educational Services will be hosting Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Training Seminars in four Alabama cities in 2017. These seminars are required for those pursing CDP Certification and who qualify through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

    To see if you qualify please visit the NCCDP website at www.nccdp.com. All participants must attend the entire seminar to receive a certificate of completion and all participants will be provided an application to apply for CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioners) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

    Seminars will be held in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, and Huntsville later in the year.

                                                Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar

                                                                  July 13 & 14, 2017

    Mobile, AL


    Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar

    October 19 & 20, 2017

    Huntsville, AL 


     

     

    

  • Cyber Insurance - Protecting Your Business & Financial Viability

    Monday May 15, 2017

    The attachment below contains a flyer from Arthur J Gallagher that will provide you with information about potential cyber risks as well as the percentage of customers lost by companies due to cyber-attacks, and the cyber security vulnerability by industry including the healthcare industry. Please contact either Gerry Gilbert or Billy Dodson on how you can protect your business from cyber risks. Gerry and Billy can be reached at: 

    Gerry Gilbert -

    phone : 205-414-6184

    email : gerry_gilbert@ajg.com

    Billy Dodson -

    phone 205-414-2653 

    email billy_dodson@ajg.com


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  • Cyber Incident Preparedness for Healthcare

    Monday May 22, 2017

    The healthcare sector saw 310 cyber related incidents in 2016 with 16,100,000 individuals affected by those data breaches. As you know healthcare records have valuable personal information that can be used by cyber criminals in a variety of malicious ways. With access to healthcare information and other personal data, attackers can access healthcare services on behalf of the individual, file fraudulent claims, or use the victim's identity to commit other crimes. The flyer below contains five steps that will help you mitigate your risk of a cyber incident occurring at your facility. Please contact Martha Acker, Gerry Gilbert, or Billy Dodson if you would to learn more about how you can protect your facility from a cyber incident. Martha, Gerry and Billy can be reached at

    Martha Acker -

    phone : 205-414-2640

    email : martha_acker@ajg.com

    Gerry Gilbert -

    phone : 205-414-6184 

    email gerry_gilbert@ajg

     

    Billy Dodson -

    phone : 205-414-2653 

    email billy_dodson@ajg.com

     

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  • Certified Quality Risk Management Specialist Training

    Thursday June 1, 2017

     

     

     

    October 10-13, 2017

     

    Location:

    AJG Education Center

    2200 Woodcrest Place

    Birmingham. AL 35209

                             October 10- 13, 2017

                            8:00 am-5:00 pm

                           Registration7:45 am - 8:00 am

                           Space is limited- 40

    Registration fee:

    • CCC AL Nursing Home Insurance Program Members Only: $650 (required at the time of registration)

     

    • NON-CCC AL Nursing Home Insurance Program Members Only:$750(required at the time of registration)

    • For additional Information, please contact:

    • Nancy Lee,

      Registration Coordinator

      205-414-6169

      nancy_lee@ajg.com

      The ALTCQIreservestherighttocancelthis training on thebasisof low registration.If thist raining is cancelled,all those registered will be notified and registration fees will be refunded.

        To cancel your registration you must email

      no later than September 29, 2017 to:

      NancyLee, Registration Coordinator

      nancy_lee@ajg.com

      You will be refundedyourregistrationfee minus$100.00administrationfee.

    •      Norefundswillbegiven after September 29,2017. 

    •     Substitutes are welcomed.

    •     ALL NO SHOWSforfeit registration fees

      This comprehensive course is designed to arm you with a practical knowledge of Risk Management strategies in the Senior Living Industry.

  • Certified Quality Risk Management Specialist Training – October 10-13, 2017

    Friday June 2, 2017

    This comprehensive program will train each student to identify, assess, and prioritize risks in a coordinated effort within the Senior Living environment. The e-brochure below contains more information about these training sessions and an application that will allow you to enroll your staff in this course. Training sessions will be held at the AJG Training Center in Birmingham, AL on October 10-13, 2017.  

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  • 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminars

    Sunday June 11, 2017

    AJG Educational Services will be hosting Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Training Seminars in Atlanta Georgia in 2017. These seminars are required for those pursuing CDP Certification and who qualify through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

    To see if you qualify please visit the NCCDP website at www.nccdp.com. All participants must attend the entire seminar to receive a certificate of completion and all participants will be provided an application to apply for CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioners) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The attachments contain additional information about these seminars and how to sign up for them.


    Seminars will be held in Atlanta Georgia on:

    Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar

    August 15, 2017

    Atlanta Georgia 

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    Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar

    August 17, 2017

    Atlanta Georgia 

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  • Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

    Tuesday June 27, 2017

    Nursing home surveys are conducted in accordance with survey protocols and Federal requirements to determine whether a citation of non-compliance is appropriate. Consolidated Medicare and Medicaid requirements for participation (requirements) for Long Term Care (LTC) facilities (42 CFR part 483, subpart B) were first published in the Federal Register on February 2, 1989 (54 FR 5316). The requirements for participation were recently revised to reflect the substantial advances that have been made over the past several years in the theory and practice of service delivery and safety. The revisions were published in a final rule that became effective on November 28, 2016.

    The survey protocols and interpretive guidelines serve to clarify and/or explain the intent of the regulations. All surveyors are required to use them in assessing compliance with Federal requirements. Deficiencies are based on violations of the regulations, which are to be based on observations of the nursing home's performance or practices.

    The attachment below contains the PowerPoint from CMS relating to the new survey process effective November 28, 2017.

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  • Active Shooter Options

    Tuesday June 27, 2017

    One of the worst forms of workplace violence is an active shooter situation. Policy may respond promptly to your 911 call but, in the interim, lives are at risk. The article below will provide you with things that you and your staff can do to protect these lives.    

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  • OSHA Delays Electronic Filing Date for Injury and Illness Records Until December 1, 2017

    Thursday June 29, 2017

    The attached article will provide you with information on OSHA's proposal to delay the reporting compliance deadline, until December 1, 2017, for certain employers to electronically file injury and illness data.    

    OSHA Delays Electronic Filing Date for Injury and Illness Records Until December 1, 2017

  • Does your staff need training on F-Tags?

    Monday September 11, 2017

    Relias Learning offers you and your staff over 500 interactive, online continuing education courses to meet the educational and licensure requirements of their profession.  At Relias Learning their one-of-a-kind management system allows you and your staff to search courses by F-Tags to quickly and effectively resolve deficiencies.  Attached is a tool to help you navigate through the Relias Learning center to identify a variety of modules related to Long Term Care regulatory topics.  New F-Tag modules will be forthcoming to meet the Phase 2 CMS regulations.  If you need additional information, please contact Dena Humphreville, Tier II Client Success Manager at Relias Learning, 919-655-7832 or email dhumphreville@reliaslearning.com.

  • Is My Staffing Adequate?

    Friday October 27, 2017

    Staffing has become one of the biggest challenges encountered in the senior housing industry. Proper staffing is not only integral to the day-to-day mission and operations of providing quality care to residents, but also crucial to meeting the ever-increasing staffing-targeted regulations.

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  • Survey and Certification Group at CMS issues Two Memos November 2017

    Monday December 4, 2017

    On November 24, 2017, the Survey and Certification Group (S&C) at CMS issued two memos that further delay enforcement of provisions of the new requirements but falls short of a complete delay. These memos indicate that CMS is delaying some enforcement provisions of the Phase 2 requirements, but CMS will proceed with implementing the new survey process beginning on November 28.

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