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Coming in September: Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

On July 30, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Four months remain before the Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation take effect, and Nov. 28 is approaching faster than some of us would like! If you have not implemented a plan to meet regulatory compliance with F882: Infection Prevention and Control, now is the time to identify or hire someone to assume responsibilities for the vital Infection Preventionist position and get them the specialized training they need. LeadingAge MN is here to help through our new Certificate Program, Effectiveness & Core Components for the Infection Preventionist.  

Save the Date – Sept. 4 and 5: Effectiveness & Core Components for Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

On July 16, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The final countdown to Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation that take effect Nov. 28 has begun. These requirements, among other changes, mandate that every care center have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. Are you prepared? 

CMS and CDC Release Infection Prevention Training for Care Centers

On March 13, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff in the long-term care setting.  

35 LeadingAge MN Members Recognized as Infection Prevention & Control Data Champions

On February 26, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Congratulations to the following LeadingAge Minnesota members for being named Infection Prevention and Control Data Champions by Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network: 

Infection Control, Investigations vs. Surveys Featured Topics at Feb. 20 Home Care Matters Webinar

On February 13, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The next Home Care Matters webinar, hosted by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Home Care and Assisted Living Program, takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

Home Care Matters Provider Webinar is Nov. 28

On November 20, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Home Care and Assisted Living providers are encouraged to participate in the next Home Care Matters webinar on Nov. 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. to learn more about infection control and receive an update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on regulatory issues.  

FAQ: OSHA Hepatitis B Vaccination Requirement

On May 9, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Employers must make the hepatitis B vaccination available to staff who have reasonably anticipated contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials during performance of their jobs. 

Phase 2 Care Center Surveys: The First 100 Days

On March 21, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Now that Minnesota is roughly 100 days into the new care center survey process and implementation of the Phase 2 requirements, we have access to a decently-sized sample of survey data that helps us to identify trends. 

CMS and CDC to Collaborate on Infection Prevention Training for Care Centers

On March 20, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced a collaboration to develop a training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff. 

Mission Possible: New Details on Basic Infection Prevention Course

On January 10, 2018 by Julie Apold

New details have been released on the APIC Minnesota Basic Infection Prevention Course. The interactive course, which is offered four times a year, provides a comprehensive foundation for professionals specializing in infection prevention in all health care settings. 

New APIC Minnesota Basic Infection Prevention Courses Planned for 2018

On December 19, 2017 by Julie Apold

In 2018, APIC Minnesota will be offering a new two-day alternative to their three-day Basic Infection Prevention course. The first day will offer a comprehensive foundation for professionals specializing in infection prevention in all settings. The second day will provide setting-specific information and education. Long-term care will be one of the specialized options available for Day 2.   

Walker Methodist Recognized at CHAIN Conference

On October 3, 2017 by Julie Apold

The Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network (CHAIN) recognized Walker Methodist Health Center at its conference last week for their project to improve accurate assessment of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) diagnosis, symptom documentation and management of antibiotic use. 

2017 CHAIN Fall Conference & Award for Excellence

On July 12, 2017 by Julie Apold

Registration is now open for the 2017 CHAIN (Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network) Conference, which takes place the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The agenda includes the latest evidenced-based approaches for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance. 

MDH Care Center Regulatory Call Focuses on Infection Control

On April 26, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) dedicated this month’s care center regulatory call to infection control.  

Communicable Disease Reporting Rules Updated Effective

On January 11, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently updated the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules, Minn. Rules Part 4605, to address new and emerging infectious diseases, changes in clinical practice, and help ensure a strong public health system. The new changes went into effect on Jan. 8. For more information, see the MDH summary of the changes.

Important Updates from MDH Care Center Regulatory Phone Call

On November 1, 2016 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) hosted a statewide regulatory phone call for care centers this week and shared updates on the Requirements of Participation, infection control, maltreatment reporting and a new, online Nursing Assistant Registry.

New Infection Prevention and Safety Program Available for Care Centers

On June 3, 2015 by Lori A. Meyer

The rate of hospital-acquired infections for long term care facility residents in the United States is between one and three million annually, which contributes to nearly 400,000 deaths per year. To support care centers in adopting evidence-based infection prevention practices, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Minnesota Hospital Association is offering a new infection prevention and safety program.

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