IHCA Bulletin February 27, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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Senate and House debate begins this week

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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Influenza and whooping cough on the rise

The state is seeing an upswing in reported influenza and whooping cough cases. Read More »

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Quality
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New national Quality Initiative announced

AHCA/NCAL announces a multi-year initiative to meet new quality goals, including reducing hospital readmission rates and improving staff retention. Read More »
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AHCA webinar on improving resident satisfaction

Get a jump start on the new AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiatives with this free webinar on improving resident satisfaction. 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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National awards now open for nominations

Nomination materials are now available for the AHCA/NCAL 2012 awards for Volunteer of the Year, DD Hero of the Year, and Not-for-Profit Services of the Year. The deadline for AHCA receipt of all nominations is Monday, May 21, 2012. Read More »

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Advocacy
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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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Thursday is deadline for RN Gerontological Certification scholarships

Thursday, March 1 is the deadline for RN Gerontological Certification scholarship applications. Don't let your RNs be left out of this excellent opportunity to cover the cost of national certification as a gerontological nurse. Read More »

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Education
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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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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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Leadership program for NF nurses

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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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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Webinar on addressing combative and disruptive behaviors

Check out our upcoming webinar on identifying and assessing unmet needs and using caregiving interventions to reduce and eliminate the occurrence of combative and disruptive behaviors. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Medicare Review, May 1, West Des Moines
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 2, 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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