IHCA Bulletin January 16, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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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! Administrators please share this information with your Activities and Social Services staff. Read More »

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Scholarships for RN Gerontological Certification

Member facilities are encouraged to invite their RNs to apply for this scholarship that will help them attain national certification as a gerontological nurse. Read More »
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AHCA launches new consumer website with facility locator

AHCA's new Care Conversations website is a tool for consumers to better understand the spectrum of long term and post-acute care, and serves as a benefit for member facilities. Read More »

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State News
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Legislature opens at fast pace

IHCA and ICAL lobbyists' weekly update of actions and events related to nursing homes, assisted livings and residential care facilities in the Iowa State Legislature. 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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Education
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Districts feature supervisory and dementia training

February IHCA ICAL District education is suited for all levels of staff and is close to home. Mark your calendars and register now! Read More »

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Popular Life and Fire Safety Conference coming soon!

A new format allows attendees to selection sessions to attend at the IHCA ICAL 2012 Life and Fire Safety Conference. Register now to get your annual dose of the latest in life and fire safety! 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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Payment & Regulatory
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HHS announces HIPAA audits

The HHS is beginning HIPAA audits assessing compliance of covered entities’ (NFs and some ALs) with the privacy, security, and breach notification rules. Read More »
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Testing of alternative MSSP ACO model

Iowa’s Trihealth, Inc., a Fort Dodge, Iowa-based system including a regional hospital and a physicians’ group, will be part of this initiative. Read More »
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OIG provider compliance videos and podcasts

Online compliance resources are available from the Office of Inspector General. Read More »

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Clinical
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FDA alert on certain opiates

A potential safety risk has been found related to a packaging problem that may result in a pill, tablet or caplet getting mixed in with a different prescription. Read More »
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Norovirus prevention toolkit for healthcare settings

The toolkit, from the CDC, includes infection control recommendations for healthcare facilities, posters, factsheets, investigation worksheets, and sample communication frameworks. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Dental Care and Oral Hygiene for Older Adults, February 28 @ 2 p.m., webinar
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NAHCA's CNA Certified Preceptor Course, March 7, West Des Moines
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D.O.N. and Nurse Manager Leadership Program, March 13, West Des Moines
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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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Association News
State News
National News
Education
Payment & Regulatory
Clinical
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