IHCA Bulletin March 12, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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Second Funnel Week; House and Senate budgets differ

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 makes gains for members with CMS

AHCA's relationship building with CMS pays off with resolution of two recent concerns related to nursing facilities. 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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Payment
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Important update on processing of rate adjustments

IME has provided IHCA with an outline of their plans for processing rate adjustments for July 1, October 1, and January 1. Read More »
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HIPAA Version 5010 transactions required April 1

The CMS 90-day enforcement discretion period for the HIPAA Version 5010 ICD-10 upgrade ends on March 31, 2012. Effective Sunday, April 1, 2012, all Medicare FFS transactions must be in 5010 format. Read More »

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Regulatory & Survey
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Get started on QIS training at Spring Quarterly

Get your feet wet with the QIS survey process at the Spring Quarterly with this overview of what's to come.  Read More »

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Laundry and infection control clarification

DIA has offered clarification from CMS on a question recently raised by a member regarding interpretive guidelines for long term care facilities, F441 - Infection Control, §483.65 on laundry and infection control. Read More »

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Clinical
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CDC report: Deadly bacteria spreading through medical facilities

IDPH and CDC offer a prevention plan and other resources to help facilities address this growing concern. 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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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 hotel options

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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Assisted Living Management program coming in April

Registration is now open for the April offering of the ICAL Assisted Living Management Certification Program. Don't miss this opportunity to earn the coveted AL certification! Read More »
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Association News
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IHCA ICAL launches new online Facility Finder tool

Members must complete online survey to have their facility accurately represented on our new Facility Finder tool. Read More »

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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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NNHW
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Order NNHW t-shirts early!

It’s time to get ready for Celebrating the Journey with your staff, residents, and families. Get them properly attired for the celebration with NNHW t-shirts! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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
Regulatory & Survey
Clinical
Quality Initiative
Education
Association News
NNHW
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