IHCA Bulletin April 2, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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Budget decisions remain in final month 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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Healthy Iowans now available for public comment

Iowa’s five-year plan for improving the health of the state has been released for public comment. 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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Regulatory & Payment
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OIG videos on health care boards and compliance

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has videos and podcasts on its website of interest to LTC providers. Read More »
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New adjustment and recoupment forms issued by IME

Beginning May 1, new forms must be used for adjustment and recoupment requests to IME.
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BCG announces new resource for checking OIG Exclusions List

ECSI vendor, BCG Research, has announced the availability of a new web-based tool that helps providers improve the process of checking employees' status on the OIG exclusion list. 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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Funding
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CMPQII grant availability announced by IME

IME has announced the availability of the Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative Grants for 2012. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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CMS webinar on antipsychotic use now available online

CMS webinar on antipsychotic use ties in perfectly with the new AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiatives. Nursing facilities can access the recorded webinar via the CMS website or on YouTube. 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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Workforce
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NLRB poster requirement upheld: Post by April 30

With the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision in its favor, the NLRB is requiring employers to post the notice by April 30, 2012. Read More »
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Education
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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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Scholarships
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IHCA nursing/PT/OT/administration scholarship applications May 31

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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HRSA nursing scholarship program

The 2012 Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) application cycle opened March 27 and will remain open until May 8, 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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Learn more about Facebook Advocacy in April 9 webinar

When Congress considers issues that affect long term care, it is critical that IHCA and ICAL members are prepared to speak up. This webinar will teach you how to become an advocate via Facebook. Read More »
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NNHW
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Resources make NNHW planning a snap!

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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NAHCA News
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New appointments to Iowa-NAHCA commission

The Iowa-NAHCA announces three new CNA appointments to its Iowa Leadership Steering Commission. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Northwest District Meeting and Education, May 8, Storm Lake
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, West Des Moines
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Southeast District Meeting and Education, May 22, West Liberty
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Southwest District Meeting and Education, May 24, Atlantic
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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
Regulatory & Payment
Funding
Quality Initiative
Workforce
Education
Scholarships
Association News
NNHW
NAHCA News
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