IHCA Bulletin April 30, 2012
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State News
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Leadership stays behind to work on budget 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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2012 AHCA elections and solicitation for candidates

IHCA members interested in running for an AHCA Board position are asked to contact IHCA Executive Director Steve Ackerson as soon as possible. To learn more visit the AHCA/NCAL Board Elections webpage.  Read More »

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Congratulations to our 2012 Future Leaders participant

IHCA ICAL is pleased to have a sixth IHCA ICAL member named to an AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders class. Read More »

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Deadline approaching for staffing survey

IHCA member nursing facilities who have not already done so are asked to please participate in the important AHCA Nursing Facility Staffing Survey. The completion deadline is May 11, 2012. Please participate! Read More »

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Regulatory & Survey
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Prepare for OSHA's NEP inspection

Iowa facilities are already seeing inspections from OSHA's National Emphasis Program (NEP). Take one facility's advice and be prepared! Read More »

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Survey hotspot: CPR and DNR policies, procedures and training

Two facilities recently received IJ deficiencies for failing to perform CPR on individuals who the nurses believed to be deceased. Make sure your CPR/DNR policies and training are complete to avoid similar deficiencies. Read More »
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Documents to help in search of excluded individuals

Use these two documents to help ensure a thorough search for "excluded individuals" and avoid possible citations and fines. Read More »

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Tops in Survey

Congratulations to our IHCA members who have received a deficiency-free survey. Read More »
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Payment
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CMS to issue update notice for FY2013 SNF PPS

AHCA learned last week that CMS will issue an Update Notice for the SNF Prospective Payment System for FY2013. Read More »
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Education
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Districts begin next week - Are you registered?

May District Meetings and Education begin next week and you won't want to miss the great topics for nursing homes, assisted livings and dietary staff. Read More »

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Get your dietary staff ServSafe certified!

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 gives overview of MDS 3.0 billing changes

With recent changes and updates to MDS 3.0, nursing facility administrators, nurses and MDS coordinators can get well informed with Billing Changes to MDS 3.0 Administrators Need to Know About. The May 3 webinar will give a brief review of the recent changes and clarifications associated with the SOT, COT, EOT, and ARD compliance and combinations. Read More »

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Webinar helps CNAs 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 online access to the recorded webinar for six months. Read More »

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AHCA webinar on lobbying do's and don'ts for non-profits

Our not-for-profit members are encouraged to participate in the upcoming AHCA NCAL webinar on lobbying and political activity especially for non-profits. Read More »

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Upcoming conferences for CNAs

Learn more about two great opportunities for CNAs and direct caregivers to attend conferences at both the state and national level. Read More »
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Association News
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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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Make the 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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Resources
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Attention Activity Directors: See online 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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Check out AHCA's blog spot: Long Term Care Leader

AHCA's blog, Long Term Care Leader, is for long term care professionals and features blog updates on the current issues and topics in long term care. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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IHCA ICAL Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Des Moines
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CNA and Direct Caregivers Conference, June 20, 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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State News
National News
Regulatory & Survey
Payment
Education
Association News
Resources
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