CMS' New Infection Control Requirements: What You Need to Implement a Successful Antibiotic Stewardship Program - On-Demand

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CMS’ New Infection Control Requirements: What You Need to Implement a Successful Antibiotic Stewardship Program - On-Demand

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Presented on:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Presented by:
Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA

Level of Program:

In the past two years, federal agencies have taken a hard look at infection control practices in long-term care facilities and demanded improvement. As part of Phase 3 of CMS’ new survey process, facilities are required to have a trained infection preventionist by November 2019. Even though that’s two years away, providers must start preparing now to meet the expanding requirements being rolled out before the advent of Phase 3—including the mandate that all facilities have an antibiotic stewardship program in place by November 28, 2017. Long-term care facilities traditionally lack the specialized infection control training of hospitals, with infection control violations making up one of the most common LTC survey deficiencies. In other words, these facilities have their work cut out for them.

During this 90-minute on-demand webinar, Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA, will help participants prepare for the infection control requirements that are part of Phases 2 and 3 of the survey process changes. He will address the impact antibiotic resistance has had on long-term care, as well as prevention methods that are part of CMS’ antibiotic stewardship requirement. Attendees will learn how to use other CMS requirements, such as the facility assessment and QAPI, to create an effective infection prevention and control program. Attendees will also learn tips for training their infection preventionist.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the concern and rationale for implementing antibiotic stewardship into nursing care facilities
  • Meet bacterial resistance with effective antibiotic stewardship methods as mandated by CMS
  • Understand the infection preventionist’s role in the larger infection prevention and control program
  • Learn the increasing importance for infection control placed on the pharmacist and medical director 
  • Understand the importance for a systematic tracking system for infections to enhance prevention and forestall further resistance

Who Should Listen?

  • Long-term care administrators
  • Nurses
  • Rehabilitation teams
  • Facility physicians
  • Directors of nursing
  • Department heads 


  • Why are we here?
    • Addressing common health challenges throughout the world
    • Curtailing the problem: Fighting bacteria and resistance through prevention
  • Defining an infection prevention and control program (IPCP)
    • Reviewing the major areas prescribed by CMS regarding infection control and antibiotic stewardship components
    • Working with the pharmacist to achieve an interdisciplinary approach to prevention and care
  • How to be proactive about reducing antibiotic resistance
    • The impact of antibiotic resistance on long-term care
    • CMS’ antibiotic stewardship program: What are surveyors looking at?
    • Key points for implementing a program in your facility
    • Steps to increase efficacy when prescribing antibiotics
  • Linking the facility’s infection control program to the facility assessment
    • Using tracking, evaluating, and testing to achieve proper treatment
  • Tying infection control to QAPI
    • Using critical thinking to determine residents’ treatment needs
    • Tracking infections for quality assurance and performance improvement
    • Using data to determine the three W’s: What type of infection, when it happened, why it happened
    • How to use QAPI for infection prevention


  • The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for SNFs and Nursing Homes Checklist

Meet the Speaker

Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA, is a healthcare management expert with particular expertise in long-term care and gerontology. He has been involved in healthcare for approximately 30 years and has worked as a clinician, nursing home administrator, long-term care consultant, program director, and college instructor on healthcare and gerontology. He has authored seven books on long-term healthcare/nursing home care and older adults, published over 100 articles and editorials, been involved in numerous book and chapter reviews, and been an LTC contributor for Merion Publications’ long-term care division. Dr. Garavaglia has been involved in higher education as a college instructor for over 28 years, affiliated with colleges and universities in the Detroit metropolitan area as well as Arizona. He has conducted numerous professional workshops on issues related to aging, long-term care management, and healthcare, and has delivered graduate medical education lectures for family care and internal medicine residents related to healthcare issues in older adults. In addition, he has served as an exercise physiologist for the American College of Sports Medicine, focusing on exercise as medicine for older adults.

Webinar system requirements and program materials: 

To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following: 

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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