IHCA Bulletin March 19, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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Fewer bills remain after second funnel; state budget and tax matters become focus of session

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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Education
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Spring conference is next week!

The IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Conference is next week, March 27-28, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Des Moines. Save time at check-in by registering in advance! And check out the free parking options. Read More »

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New session of MDS 3.0 update and training being offered

Due to popular demand, a new section of the MDS 3.0 Update Training is being offered on Tuesday, April 24 in West Des Moines. This is in addition to the sessions being offered: MDS 3.0 Update Training in Iowa City on April 11, and MDS 3.0 Update Training in West Des Moines on April 12. Each offering will cover recently released updates to the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual effective April 1, 2012. 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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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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HIPAA
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CMS extends enforcement discretion period to June 30

The CMS enforcement discretion period for the HIPAA Version 5010 ICD-10 upgrade has been extended to June 30, 2012. Your facility should be working toward having all Medicare FFS transactions in 5010 format. Read More »

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Payment
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AHCA to host April Medicare RA update webinar

The webinar, Medicare Recovery Auditor (RA) Program/SNF Update - Region D, will provide relevant information for Iowa providers on the Medicare RA program. Read More »

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Pre-order RAI/MDS 3.0 update

Place your order now for the RAI/MDS 3.0 Manual, April 2012 edition that includes recent updates released by CMS with changes to Chapters 1 through 6 and Appendix A, C, D, E, and G that take effect April 1, 2012. Read More »
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Regulatory
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New from IME

Here is the latest in Informational Letters from the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. Read More »

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Excluded individuals list updated

To avoid possible fines, be sure to check the updated Excluded Individuals list on a regular basis for all your potential and current employees. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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Webinar covers life safety issues related to NH culture change

A new CMS S&C memo addresses culture change in nursing homes and life safety issues. An upcoming webinar offered by CMS will address these issues for providers. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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CMS to offer training on reducing antipsychotic use

CMS webinar on antipsychotic use ties in perfectly with the new AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiatives. Nursing facilities should plan to participate! Read More »

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See your programs shine at the national level

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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Association News
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All NFs asked to complete AHCA Nursing Facility Staffing Survey

IHCA member facilities are asked to please participate in AHCA's annual nationwide Nursing Facility Staffing Survey to examine retention and turnover rates for nursing facility employees. Read More »
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Be sure to complete the new online Facility Finder survey

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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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 REGISTRATION CLOSED
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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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MDS 3.0 Update Training - West Des Moines, April 24, 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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State News
National News
Education
HIPAA
Payment
Regulatory
Life & Fire Safety
Quality Initiative
Association News
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