brought great opportunities for agencies, with more to come in 2021. But those
opportunities also mean an increased need for training staff — and one renowned
national accreditor is delivering.
Accreditation Commission for Health Care
(ACHC) already offers a range of virtual training options in the healthcare
industry through its educational division, ACHCU. Now, through the
management system HealthTrainU, ACHCU is offering home
health courses, giving caregivers access to continuing education training in
“This is a tremendous opportunity for home
health providers,” said Greg Stowell, Associate Director of Education and
Training at ACHCU. “We are dedicated to continuing to provide user-friendly,
industry-relevant education materials, in addition to the excellent customer
service the industry has come to expect from ACHC.”
ACHC launched its home health courses
The COVID-19 pandemic vastly changed the home
health landscape. Volatility abounds — a staffing shortage merged with
increased home health needs merged with increased patient skittishness about in-home
care means training must be frequent — and precise.
With its new Distinction in Telehealth, ACHC is already
helping operators make waves in home health care, and the new home health
courses from HealthTrainU take that much farther. The learning management
system provides training to healthcare professionals who are sponsored by their
employers, with a purpose of enhancing their industry skills and training.
In the fall of 2020, HealthTrainU expanded its
offerings to include home health courses, with more coming soon. The courses,
approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, address a complete range of skills
necessary for today’s home health worker and fall roughly into four categories.
First, there are courses that address patient
assessments and needs. Second,
there are courses that focus on medical services in the home, such as those
for dementia, Alzheimer’s, or COPD patients.
Third, there are courses that help staff with
potential problems in the home that are not care related, from fire prevention
to workplace violence as well as equipment needs. Last, there are courses that
address professionalism, such as telephone courtesy, cultural diversity, and
Add it all up and agencies have a robust slate
of courses they can use to help their staff gain continuing education credits
as well as new skills and knowledge.
home health providers benefit from HealthTrainU
Simply put, HealthTrainU is a one-stop shop
for online training — a superior educational resource for healthcare providers.
Industry professionals developed the coursework, so the training is exactly in-line
with staff needs.
HealthTrainU’s user-centric approach is also
seen in its customizable timing. Agencies can help caregivers craft a training
program to their own schedules through preloaded or customizable Mastery
Programs. Once the agency’s “SuperManager” — HealthTrainU’s term for the person
who will direct training — sets up the administrator, the administrator sets up
the student, and the student guides herself or himself through the courses.
Perhaps the key part of home health training comes
from its compliance benefits. Different regulatory organizations require
continuing education credits for home health staff, as do individual government
agencies, including the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
HealthTrainU takes all of these needs and
requirements into account, giving home health providers a simple, effective way
to manage employees’ educational requirements for compliance, accreditation,
more about the new home health courses available from HealthTrainU and start a
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