IHCA Bulletin January 9, 2012
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Payment & Regulatory
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New IDR/IC instruction sheets issued

DIA has issued new instruction sheets for requesting Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) and/or Informal Conference (IC) that include some instruction changes. Read More »

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Notice for NFs converting to 5010 Medicaid claim submission

Brighton Consulting Group offers reminders for making the conversion to HIPAA Version 5010. Read More »

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MACs issue Recovery Audit demand letters

Beginning January 3, 2012, the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are now issuing Recovery Audit demand letters. Read More »

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NF/SNF Cost Report Analysis updated for 2010

The Cost Report Analysis for 2010 has been completed by IHCA Reimbursement Consultant, Brighton Consulting Group. Read More »
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Association News
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Every Senior has a Story submissions requested

IHCA ICAL is celebrating the special people you serve. Don’t let your facility be left out of the celebration! Read More »
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Member benefit: Hotel discounts updated

Check out this great members' hotel discount that you can use anytime you are staying in the Des Moines metro area - your hotel stay does NOT need to be associated with an IHCA ICAL meeting or education. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA this week

Here's your update on the latest in national long term care news from AHCA/NCAL including Capitol ConnectionsRead More »

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Beware of bogus BBB complaint reports

The Better Business Bureau is warning the business community about an ongoing malicious e-mail pretending to be a complaint from the BBB. Read More »

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Education
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HIPAA changes are now in effect: Sign up for our webinar to learn more

Get registered now for the IHCA webinar, HIPAA Compliance for NF, AL, and RCF Staff, for members on January 12, 2012, from 10-11 a.m. Don't let your staff miss this important HIPAA update! Read More »

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Registration now for Life and Fire Safety Conference

A new conference format allows attendees to selection sessions to attend. Register now to get your annual dose of the latest in life and fire safety! Read More »

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Nursing and MDS 3.0 educations planned

Don't hibernate the winter away! Register early for education planned for January! Read More »

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New course gives insight on employment issues

Many managers and supervisors are unfamiliar with FMLA guidelines and appropriate actions in employee discipline or dismissal situations. Get the information you and your department heads need at Legal Aspects of Management for Department Heads and Supervisors, on February 2 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Quality
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2012 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program deadline approaching

Thursday is the deadline to submit the Intent to Apply for the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award. Those applying are asked to contact Lisa Uhlenkamp as well. Read More »

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Workforce
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Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program

This program offers Registered Nurses (RNs) substantial financial assistance to repay qualifying educational loans in exchange for full-time service at a healthcare facility in an area with a critical shortage of nurses. Read More »

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NAHCA News
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Webinar from NAHCA: Communication Made Easy

New participants are welcome for the second part of this two-part January 17 webinar on communication hosted by Lori Porter. But you must register in advance! Read More »

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Make the most of NAHCA's PepTalks!

NAHCA member facilities - We hope you're making the most of one of the highlights of being a NAHCA member facility - NAHCA PepTalksRead More »

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Resources
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Dementia training through Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association offers online dementia training and certification programs that meet State of Iowa requirements for assisted living, adult day services, elder group homes, and nursing facility CCDI units. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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HIPAA Compliance for NF, AL, and RCF Staff, January 12, 2012, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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Restorative Nursing Program, January 18, 2012, West Des Moines
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A.L. Regulatory Nurse Class, January 19, West Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Certification Program, January 24, 2012, West Des Moines
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Legal Aspects of Management for Department Heads and Supervisors, February 2, 2012, West Des Moines
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NW District Education, February 7, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, February 9, Waterloo
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2012 - CARROLL, February 13-14, 2012, Carroll
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2012 - CORALVILLE, February 15-16, 2012, Coralville
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SE District Education, February 21, West Liberty
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SW District Education, February 23, Atlantic
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ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
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Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.
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Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.
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