IHCA Bulletin April 23, 2012
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State News
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Session's end may be in sight

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 comments on Medicare overpayments proposed rule

AHCA joined other providers in submitting formal comments urging CMS to mitigate its overly stringent interpretation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 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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AHCA/NCAL convention registration is open!

Registration is now open for the AHCA/NCAL 63rd Annual Convention & Expo, October 7-10, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. 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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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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Court delays NLRB poster requirement

The D.C. Circuit Court on Tuesday halted the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enforcing the new posting requirements for most employers that were set to take effect on April 30. This means employers are under no obligation to post the new notice at this time. Read More »
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OSHA's National Emphasis Program - What it means for your facility

The NEP, in place for three years, has defined areas of focus that nursing facilities will want to be aware of. 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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CMS provider call on HIPAA version 5010 and D.0, April 25

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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EDISS offers HIPAA 5010 open forum

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

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Quality
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Web tools to help manage, reduce antipsychotic use

IA-ADAPT website offers tools to help providers better understand how to manage - and reduce - the use of anti-psychotic drugs in people with dementia. Read More »

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Delay in posting of MDS 3.0 quality measures

CMS announced that MDS 3.0 quality measures (QMs) will not be posted on Nursing Home Compare website this month as originally expected. 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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Disaster Planning
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Report gives insight into disaster preparedness gaps

OIG's report on nursing home emergency and disaster preparedness provides some insight into areas facilities should reinforce in their planning. 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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IHCA ICAL members can save on shipping using member benefit

AHCA/NCAL Preferred Products and Services Program offers discounted services from a number of national venders for AHCA/NCAL members. Using PartnerShip®, customers can save on FedEx shipping services of all types. Read More »

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Scholarships
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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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Make sure activities staff has NNHW planning materials

Does your activities staff know how to access the AHCA National Nursing Home Week planning guide and resources online? Get planning underway 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 - West Des Moines, April 24, West Des Moines Registration Closed
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AHCA webinar: Navigating ZPIC Audits: Challenges & Solutions for Health Care Providers, April 24 @ 1:30 CDT
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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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AHCA webinar: What Keeps You Up At Night?, May 2 @ 1:00 CDT
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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
Quality
Disaster Planning
Member Benefits
Scholarships
NNHW
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