This month’s Commitment to Care (C2C):

Your Top-Line Report PART II– How do I use it?

This article provides a deep dive into the NEW “Your Top-Line” Report. Learn how you can analyze your facilities current performance and identify what focus areas could help improve your 5 STAR Score.


The THCA EF Clinical Resource Center


THCA is currently making available a new FREE Clinical Resource but we need your feedback on the current resources you access prior to you using the site.

After you have completed the survey you will receive a Thank you email with the link to the THCA EF Clinical Resource Center website and your facilities unique identifier. Registration is limited. So take the four question Survey NOW!

REGISTER and gain access to Up-to-Date AMDA Guidelines!

The THCA Clinical Resource Center is a website for all of your long-term care education and clinical needs; it contains Care Area and Training Modules. Each care area module is organized using a framework that provides tools, guidelines, related Federal and State regulations and additional resources for learning.



AHCA is ready to help you meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement finalized by CMS in the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. The course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists. Through this Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their nursing facility.

The course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country.

AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) training content includes:

  • A thorough explanation of the impact of infections on the people who live, work and visit nursing centers.
  • Definitions of essential components of an effective infection prevention and control program.
  • Identification and management of common infections.
  • Strategies to prevent the spread of infections.
  • Identification and description of the steps necessary for infection surveillance, antibiotic stewardship, investigating, tracking and reporting infections
  • Successful implementation strategies.

In addition the training addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a nursing facilities Infection Prevention & Control program.

Course completion must occur within 9 months of the date the registrant starts the program. Participants must complete all training modules and successfully pass quizzes and final test with a grade of 80 or above to receive a certificate of completion from AHCA, valid for 3 years. 23 ANCC contact hours are available for completion of this program.

The course is open to AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650. Group purchase with discount structure is available for groups of 25 or more. There are no refunds and no transfers.

This activity has been planned & implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements & policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider) and American Health Care Association. UNMC CON CNE is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the ANCC.

For more information on the Infection Preventionist specialized training, including renewal details click here.