IHCA Bulletin April 16, 2012
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State News
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Final days? Still working 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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NFs: Please complete oral health survey by Wednesday

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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Staffing survey deadline May 11: 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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National News
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NCAL video of the month features Iowan Pat Giorgio

In the video, NCAL’s Vice Chair Pat Giorgio of Iowa discusses how CMS' proposed rule would eliminate assisted living from home- and community- based services (HCBS) waiver programs. 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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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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ServSafe certification course being offered in May

IHCA ICAL is offering dietary staff an opportunity to obtain ServSafe certification. Being ServSafe certified will help your dietary staff meet the most urgent food safety challenges and protect the residents you serve. Read More »

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IHCA webinar on MDS 3.0 billing changes

IHCA's webinar Billing Changes to MDS 3.0 Administrators Need to Know About will give a brief review of the recent changes and clarifications associated with the SOT, COT, EOT, and ARD compliance and combinations. Administrators, nurses and MDS coordinators won't want to miss this! Read More »

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Webinar helps caregivers know what to expect at survey

Prepare your CNAs and direct caregivers for what to expect in the survey process with our webinar, CNAs and the Survey Process, on May 9 at 2 p.m. Register now! And remember, with your registration, your facility has access to the recorded webinar for six months. Read More »

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Regulatory & Payment
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DIA discontinues CNA voice response system

DIA discontinued its Direct Care Worker voice response system (VRS) effective April 16, 2012. Read More »

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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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Medicare payments to be made via EFT

A MLN Matters article offers insight and instructions on revalidation of Medicare provider enrollment information. Read More »

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Free webinar on ZPIC audits

IHCA member nursing homes will want to participate in the upcoming AHCA Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC) webinar, Navigating ZPIC Audits: Challenges and Solutions for LTC ProvidersRead More »

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HIPAA
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Provider call April 25 on 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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HIPAA 5010 open forum

Providers will want to participate in this open forum on the HIPAA 5010 transition. Read More »

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Funding
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HUD grants for converting multifamily buildings to ALs

The HUD has announced the availability of up to $25 million in discretionary grants for the conversion of multifamily developments into assisted living facilities. The application closing date is May 15. Read More »
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Scholarships
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Webinar on HRSA nursing scholarship program

The 2012 Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) application cycle opened March 27 and will remain open until May 8, 2012. A webinar on the application process is being offered on April 20. 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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Quality
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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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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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Member Benefits
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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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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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NAHCA News
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NAHCA convention: Get early bird discount through April 18

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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Education Calendar
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MDS 3.0 Update Training - West Des Moines, April 24, West Des Moines Registration Closed
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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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Billing Changes to MDS 3.0 Administrators Need to Know About, May 3, 2:00 p.m., webinar
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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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Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.
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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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In This Issue
State News
National News
Education
Regulatory & Payment
HIPAA
Funding
Scholarships
Quality
Member Benefits
NNHW
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