IHCA Bulletin March 5, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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IHCA ICAL policy bills advance; work continues on HHS budget

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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Payment
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Part B claim processing problem identified and resolved

CMS discovers claims processing problem on Part B services related to ambulance code A0425 for SNFs. Read More »

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New forms for FFS ED notice

CMS is issuing a new combined Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage that SNFs must begin using by May 1. Read More »

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New Medicare crossover form requirement

New IME Medicare Crossover Claim Forms must be used effective April 1. The forms and instructions are available on the IME website. Read More »

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Medicare revalidation notices sent

MACs are in the process of sending out notices to a new list of providers regarding revalidation of their Medicare enrollment. Read More »

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HIPAA
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HIPAA Version 5010 ICD-10 enforcement period expires this month

The CMS 90-day enforcement discretion period for the HIPAA Version 5010 ICD-10 upgrade ends on March 31, 2012. Is your facility ready? Make sure you've checked your facility system to ensure the transition was successful. IME has also issued an Informational Letter that reviews transition troubleshooting issues and common questions. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Resident satisfaction webinar is first step in new AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative

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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Free effective data management webinars

Are you taking advantage of the free LTC Trend Tracker data management tool from AHCA? If not, check out the webinars this week that will tell you more! Read 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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Education
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Spring conference features QIS overview

The IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Conference is March 27-28, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Des Moines. A new room block has been opened at the Holiday Inn - Mercy Campus. 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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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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Help your nurses lead the way!

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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Scholarships
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IHCA Foundation scholarship application now available

The application for the 2012 IHCA Foundation scholarship is now available. Administrators, please provide this information to employees seeking college degrees in LTC-related fields. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Strategies for Dealing with Combative/Disruptive Behaviors, April 4 at 2:00 p.m., webinar
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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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In This Issue
State News
National News
Payment
HIPAA
Quality Initiative
Education
Scholarships
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IHCA ICAL is dedicated to promoting quality long term
care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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