IHCA Bulletin March 26, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Workforce
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Important survey for all NFs!

IHCA member nursing 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. Please complete and return the survey by March 30, 2012. Read More »
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10 nurses named recipients of RN Gero scholarships

Congratulations to the IHCA ICAL nurses who have been named recipients of the IHCA Foundation scholarships for a RN Test Prep Program for Certification in Gerontological Nursing. 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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State News
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IHCA ICAL policy bills advance; budget work continues

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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Candidate filing deadline passes, many retirements

As expected, a number of lawmakers have opted to retire and not seek re-election, which is common following re-districting. Read More »
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National News
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Prevailing at the U.S. Supreme Court

The high court unanimously affirmed the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements and AHCA/NCAL’s long standing advocacy for this type of dispute resolution. 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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Education
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See you at Spring Quarterly on Tuesday!

The IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Conference is this week, March 27-28, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Des Moines. Walk-ins are welcome! Get parking details here. Read More »

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MDS 3.0 Update Training: New session added

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 session will cover recently released updates to the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual effective April 1, 2012. Read More »

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April 4 webinar addresses combative and disruptive behaviors

Next week's webinar Strategies for Dealing with Combative/Disruptive Behaviors, will help caregivers identify and assess unmet needs and using caregiving interventions to reduce and eliminate the occurrence of combative and disruptive behaviors. Read More »

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Assisted Living Management program coming in April

Register now 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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Payment
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PASRR update

The PASRR web-based Level 1 screening tool has now been in use for nearly three months.  Read More »

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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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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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Quality Initiative
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Get started on national focus on reducing antipsychotic use with upcoming webinar

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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National award nominations being accepted

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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Members: Make this most of our Facility Finder benefit

Members must complete an online survey to have their facility accurately represented on our new Facility Finder tool. This free member benefit helps connect facilities with consumers and discharge planners. Read More »

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NNHW
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Celebrate NNHW with great resources and products from AHCA

It’s time to get ready for Celebrating the Journey with your staff, residents, and families. Get your planning started and products purchased for NNHW week, May 13-19. Administrators: Share this information with your activity professionals. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 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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HIPAA
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