IHCA Bulletin April 9, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Delta Dental announces visionary goal focused on Iowa's seniors

IHCA and the Delta Dental Foundation need to collect baseline information to support funding for an oral health project to benefit Iowa's seniors. All nursing facility members are asked to complete the Nursing Home/LTC Oral Health Survey by April 18, 2012. Read More »
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State News
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Time to work out differences

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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CMS will not require independent LTC pharmacists

CMS will not move forward with requiring LTC facilities to hire independent consultant pharmacists, and is now soliciting additional comments to help determine a more comprehensive approach to eliminate over-prescribing and reduce the use of anti-psychotic drugs in LTC. Read More »

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Important survey deadline extended, all NFs asked to participate

IHCA member nursing facilities are asked to please participate in this important AHCA Nursing Facility Staffing Survey. The completion deadline has been extended to May 11, 2012. Please participate! Read More »

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Member Benefits
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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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Free webinars: Learn all about LTC Trend Tracker

Are you taking advantage of the free LTC Trend Tracker data management tool from AHCA? Join our members who are! Learn more with the free upcoming AHCA webinars! Read More »

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Education
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May District registration now open

Registration is now open for the May IHCA ICAL District Meetings and Education. Check out the great education topics for nursing facilities, assisted livings and dietary staff. Read More »

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Payment
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CMS memo on MDS changes; IHCA offers training

CMS recently issued an S&C memo, Revisions to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual and Item Subsets, announcing the changes posted for an April 1, 2012 implementation. These revisions and updates are the focus of the IHCA course MDS 3.0 Update Training is being offered  in Iowa City on April 11, and in West Des Moines on April 24Read More »

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SNF Consolidated Billing cheat sheet

Check out this reference tool from CMS for determining how a Part A stay should be billed. Read More »

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HIPAA
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Informational letter issued on HIPAA Version 5010 transition

Has your facility completed the HIPAA Version 5010 transition? If not be sure to see IME's Informational Letter No. 1115. Read More »

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National Provider Call: Current status of Medicare FFS implementation of HIPAA version 5010 and D.0

CMS is hosting a National Provider Call regarding the current status of Medicare FFS implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0., on April 25. Pre-registration is required. Read More »

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Quality
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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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NAHCA News
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Caregivers to meet at NAHCA convention

The 2012 NAHCA Annual Conference is June 27-28 in Oklahoma City, OK. Save $25 per registrant with the early bird discount available only through April 18. Read More »
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Scholarships
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Webinar offered to learn more on HRSA nursing scholarship program

A webinar on Friday will share insight into the 2012 Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) and its application process. Read More »

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IHCA Foundation scholarships application due 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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NNHW
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Celebrating the Journey together!

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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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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CNAs and the Survey Process, May 9, 2:00 p.m., webinar
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Northeast District Meeting and Education, May 10, Waterloo
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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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ServSafe Certification Program, May 23, West Des Moines
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Southwest District Meeting and Education, May 24, Atlantic
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MDS Re-Certification Program, June 12, 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
Association News
State News
National News
Member Benefits
Education
Payment
HIPAA
Quality
NAHCA News
Scholarships
NNHW
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