IHCA Bulletin January 23, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Association News
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Every Senior has a Story submissions deadline Feb. 3

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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State News
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Subcommittee work begins in Legislature

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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AHCA/NCAL Independent Owner Leadership Conference, March 14-16

Independent owners are encouraged to check out the AHCA/NCAL Independent Owner Leadership Conference. This is a great learning and networking opportunities for all independent owners! Read More »

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Aging-in-place report released

National report gives insight into issues surrounding aging-in-place models. Read More »

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HIPAA
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IME update on HIPAA Version 5010 transition

IME reminds providers that the 5010 HIPAA transition is well underway. Don't be left behind to suffer consequences of non-compliance! Read More »

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Payment
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Manual update released by CMS

CMS Medicare Benefit Policy Manual has been updated to reflect recent changes. Read More »

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Workforce
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Scholarships for RN Gerontological Certification

We've had a great initial response to this important opportunity for RNs. Don't let your RNs be left out...make sure they apply for this scholarship to cover the cost of national certification as a gerontological nurse. Read More »

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Iowa Health and LTC Access strategic plan released

Workforce is main focus of plan...along with a consistent theme in legislative bills. Read More »

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Fair Labor Standards Act resources from DOL and OSHA

U.S. Department of Labor offers several resources on FLSA compliance tailored specifically to long term care providers including nursing facility and assisted living supervisors, managers and administrators.  Read More »
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Vaccination mandate recommended by national committee

National Vaccine Advisory Committee indicates that flu vaccinations should be mandatory for healthcare employees with limited exceptions for issues such as documented allergies, life threatening conditions and clear religious reasons. Read More »
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Fire & Life Safety
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Warning about indoor decorative fountains

A new study warns against the use of indoor decorative fountains in health care facilities due to potential spread of the bacteria associated with Legionnaires’ disease. Read More »
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Life and Fire Safety Conference just 3 weeks away!

Who should attend the IHCA ICAL 2012 Life and Fire Safety Conference? You'll want to send environmental supervisors, department heads, nursing facility managers and assisted living management...all will gain valuable insight into the current and ongoing issues in fire and life safety from both the state and federal perspective. Register now! Read 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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Spring Quarterly Education and Activity Professional Conference scheduled

The IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Conference, March 27-28, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Des Moines is now accepting registrations. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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 7-8, West Des Moines
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D.O.N. and Nurse Manager Leadership Program, March 13-15, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Conference, March 27-28, 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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Fire & Life Safety
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