IHCA Bulletin February 20, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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First funnel week begins at Capitol

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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Conferees reach agreement on doc fix, therapy caps

The House and Senate Conference Committee reached an agreement on the payroll tax cut and doc fix, but includes skilled nursing facilities as a pay-for through the reduction of bad debt. Read More »

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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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Free webinar on political action and involvement orientation

Learn more about being an effective advocate for the long term care profession and the seniors you serve! Read More »

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Association News
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RN Gerontological Certification scholarships

The March 1 deadline will be here soon for the RN Gerontological Certification scholarships. 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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NNHW products now available

It's time to start planning for National Nursing Home Week. Check out the Celebrating the Journey products available now! Read More »

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Payment
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DHS Medicaid eligibility - new contact

There is a new contact at DHS for Medicaid eligibility delays. Read More »

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Education
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Develop quality nursing leaders with our nurse manager program

Direct your nurse leaders toward career growth and quality leadership skills with our DON and Nurse Manager Leadership Program. This exceptional 3-day program covers all the bases for nurses who serve in a nursing facility leadership position (or aspire to). Read More »

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MDS 3.0 update and training education

MDS 3.0 Update Training is being offered in two locations in April. MDS 3.0 Update Training in Iowa City on April 11, and MDS 3.0 Update Training in West Des Moines on April 12, will cover recently released updates to the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual effective April 1, 2012. Read More »
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MDS 101 and 201 offer basics and much more!

IHCA's comprehensive two-day MDS 3.0 training program introduces MDS 3.0 to new (or fairly new) MDS coordinators, nurses, social services and administrators. MDS 101 covers the basics of the completion of the MDS, and the following day's MDS 201 goes into the details of timing, CAAs and Care Plans. Check out MDS 101: Basic MDS 3.0 Training and MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training being offered in March. Read More »

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NAHCA course builds strength of your caregiver staff

Be sure to register for this course by March 1 to ensure the course materials are available to you at the event. Don't miss out on the excellent opportunity to build a strong commitment among your CNAs while helping improve care quality and reduce staff turnover. Invest in your staff with NAHCA's CNA Certified Preceptor Course.  Read More »

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Resources
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Mentor Managers Toolkit webinar

IFMC and Iowa Caregivers are offering a free webinar on DCW mentoring. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, March 21, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, March 22, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Conference, March 27-28, Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Update Training - Iowa City, April 11, Iowa City
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MDS 3.0 Update Training - West Des Moines, April 12, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 16-20, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 17, 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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