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NEW INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL TRAINING
FOR NURSING HOME STAFF
CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion released a new Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course, a comprehensive, free, online training for staff responsible for infection prevention and control programs. The course, developed in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides an overview of the core activities of an infection prevention and control (IPC) program and the recommended practices to reduce the spread of pathogens, healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance in nursing homes.
Q. Effective November 28, 2019, the final requirement for participation includes specialized training in infection prevention and control for the individual(s) responsible for the facility's IPCP. Does this training course provide specialized training in infection prevention and control?

A. This training course is designed to help facilities provide staff with the required specialized infection prevention and control training as it relates to the phased implementation of CMS Requirements for Participation for Nursing Homes. For additional information regarding the interpretation of the CMS regulations/requirements, inquiries can be submitted to the following email address: DNH_TriageTeam@cms.hhs.gov.
PREVENTING HEALTHCARE-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS
Long-term care residents are at increased risk of infections for many reasons. As more people enter long-term care communities following hospital stays, communities are providing more hands-on, complex medical care to residents, such as wound care and maintenance of indwelling devices, which can lead to increased exposure to bacteria and infection. The shared living environment of a long-term care community can allow the spread of easily transmissible viral infections which cause respiratory or gastrointestinal infections among both staff and residents.

The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative has created a Six Point Bundle of actions to prevent healthcare-acquired infections. Access more resources on the Campaign’s Infections Create Improvement page.
CMS IS CALLING ABOUT YOUR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS
CMS is conducting an important survey to learn about quality improvement efforts of nursing homes, including the sources of information or resources that are used to guide these efforts. This is a continuation of the survey that was conducted in 2017. 

This 15-minute, voluntary telephone survey* will be conducted among a sample of nursing homes that have been scientifically selected. Nursing homes that participated in the first survey will not be contacted a second time. CMS highly encourages you to respond and make your voice heard to ensure representation and provide valuable information to help CMS improve its quality improvement programs. 

Questions? Please contact:

Nancy Sonnenfeld, PhD: Oversees the evaluation for CMS |  Nancy.Sonnenfeld@cms.hhs.gov
Ping Yu, PhD: Coordinator for the survey |  Yu_Ping@bah.com

*All survey responses will be confidential. 
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This material was prepared by Telligen, National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-CO-NNHQIC-03/18-001