Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, are faced with very similar if not identical challenges to acute care facilities with respect to infection prevention and control. Challenges include compliance with state and federal regulations, including CMS standards and individual state surveys. Maintaining compliance requires a sound knowledge of such regulations as well as experience in developing specific programs.

On July 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a proposed rule that would substantially revise the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. If approved, the revisions would mark the first major rewrite of long-term care conditions of participation since 1991.

Changes proposed include updating the nursing home's infection prevention and control program, including requiring a dedicated infection prevention and control officer, and an antibiotic stewardship program that includes antibiotic use protocols and a system to monitor antibiotic use.

If you have any concerns about your facility's need to meet current or future requirements, or feel that you could benefit from assistance, and would like to learn how we may be able to help, please feel free to contact ICCS for a complimentary initial consultation.