The Changing Landscape of IPC and Quality Improvement in Home Healthcare

Recorded On: 08/14/2019

IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2021


Home healthcare (HHC) agencies are providing increasingly complex care and serve as a critical link between acute care and independent residential living. The landscape in which HHC agencies operate is changing due to the development of several value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives by HHS, changes in the CMS’ Home Health Conditions of Participation, and The Joint Commission’s focus on IPC as a national patient safety goal for HHC. 

This webinar will help IPs to understand and prepare for the changing landscape by:

  • Presenting a research agenda to identify best practices for IPC and quality improvement in HHC;
  • Describing trends in the HHC Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings (QoPC) data; and
  • Reporting results from a survey and qualitative interviews of HHC personnel
  • Describing the challenges to IPC and quality improvement in HHC and lessons learned.

Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

Ashley Chastain

Project Manager, Columbia University School of Nursing

Ashley Chastain is currently a Project Manager at the Columbia University School of Nursing, working on an NIH-funded study researching infection prevention and control in the home health care environment. She was previously the Project Coordinator for a CDC-funded study exploring barriers and facilitators to NHSN adoption in nursing homes. She is also a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate, specializing in Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. Her research interests include infection prevention and control, as well as patient-provider communication.

Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where her focuses on improving patient safety and quality of care, specifically focusing on prevention of healthcare-associated infections across different healthcare settings. Monika earned her master's degree in public health in 2007 and her doctorate in epidemiology in 2011 from the Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Monika has authored and co-authored over fifty peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters. Most recently, she edited APIC’s text on Fundamentals in Statistics and Epidemiology in Infection Prevention. Monika serves on the editorial panel of the APIC Text Online and is also the Vice Chair of the APIC research committee.

  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • Nursing Contact Hours: 1.00 (not always applicable as not all webinars are eligible)
  • To get CNE for a webinar, you must attend the program in its entirety and complete an on-line evaluation of it. Your feedback is not only required by our CNE accrediting body, but it is vital to development of future programming that best meets learners' needs. We read every word you write.
  • No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity. 

Browser Test:

All Event Center users/viewers must access the meeting with an HTML 5 supported web browser.  To confirm if you are ready to participate in a web meeting, please take the browser test:

Below are more specific user requirements for the EventCenter web technology.

Minimum System Requirements:

2.0Ghz Processor or faster
2 GB RAM (Greater than 2 GB recommended) 

Minimum Browser Requirements:

Browser must support HTML-5. To detect your browser version, run

Windows 7 or later
Mac OS X 10.9 or later
Chrome 60 or greater
Firefox 52 or greater
Edge 14  or greater
Safari 10 or greater
iOS 10 or greater
Internet Explorer 11

IP Addresses and Ports to Allow for HTML5: port 80, 443 (web and audio) port 80, 443 (web and audio) ports 80, 443 (web and audio) ports 80, 443 (web and audio) ports 80, 443 (web and audio)

Technical support:

Are you watching this webinar with a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a certificate.

Note: Each group member must register themselves for the survey via this link using your APIC username and password: Survey and Certificate Access

At the end of the event, you will receive a verification code. All group members must have this verification code to access the survey and certificate.

Upon completion of the program:

  1. Log in to and select “Dashboard”.
  2. Select the webinar you just viewed followed by the Contents tab
  3. Input the verification code in the space provided and submit
  4. Complete the webinar survey
  5. Print Certificate

Direct any questions to


08/14/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
08/14/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
6 Questions
6 Questions Thank you for participating in our webinar. Before you can receive your participation certificate, you must complete the short anonymous evaluation below.
1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available