Home Health & Hospice

Insider’s scoop | Ensure compliance with IC regulations

Homecare Insider, April 11, 2016

Editor’s note: This week’s Insider’s scoop is from Home Health Infection Control: A Manual for Compliance and Quality. This manual is chock-full of the information, forms, and tools that an agency needs to ensure infection control program compliance. The manual also includes competency training for agency staff as well as training for patients. Click here for more information.

The Conditions of Participation outline CMS’s expectation that the agency will maintain an effective infection control program as part of its overall quality assessment and performance improvement efforts. Surveyors scrutinize care delivery practices during the survey process. Government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require the agency to enforce the use of stringent hand-washing techniques, follow universal precautions and infection control principles, and implement exposure control programs. Finally, the agency must comply with local laws regarding the reporting of communicable diseases and the handling of contaminated materials and infectious waste.

In order to satisfy regulatory and accreditation requirements and keep your staff and patients safe from infection, strive to meet the following objectives in your infection control policy:
•    Describe the scope and requirements of the infection control program
•    List those staff who are required to participate in the infection control program
•    Define areas of responsibility and accountability for education, monitoring, and follow-up
•    Include discussion on staff and patient communicable diseases
•    List all the procedures that staff must practice throughout care delivery