IHCA Bulletin May 7, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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Nearing the finish line

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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VA/NF agreement update making progress

AHCA is getting closer to new agreement with VA that will help simplify NF requirements when serving veterans. Read More »

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Deadline Friday: Please complete 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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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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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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Quality
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MDS coding tip for anti-psychotic quality measurement

In light of the national emphasis on reducing anti-psychotic use, AHCA offers this information on proper MDS coding of the off-label use of anti-psychotics. Read More »

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Tops in Survey

Congratulations to our IHCA members who have received a deficiency-free survey. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. Read More »

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Regulatory
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BCG offers new resource for checking OIG Exclusions List

ECSI vendor, BCG Research, has announced the availability of a new web-based tool that helps Medicaid providers improve the process of checking employees' status on the OIG exclusion list. Read More »
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Education
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Summer Quarterly Conference, June 20

A sure sign of summer is the IHCA ICAL Summer Quarterly Education Conference. There will be something for everyone!
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Register your CNAs for our upcoming conference

Administrators and owners are encouraged to have their CNAs and direct caregivers attend the IHCA ICAL CNA and Direct Caregivers Conference on June 20 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Read More »
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MDS coordinators: Get your certification renewed

Those previously certified as an MDS 2.0 Coordinator within the past 5 years can renew and update their certification at our MDS Re-Certification Program in West Des Moines on June 12-13. Read More »

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ServSafe certification for dietary staff

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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Wednesday webinar: What CNAs should 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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This week: Webinar on not-for-profits' lobbying do's and don'ts

Our not-for-profit members are encouraged to participate in the upcoming AHCA NCAL webinar on lobbying and political activity especially for non-profits. The webinar is Thursday, May 10. Read 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. NCAL Day and DD Day are being held October 7! Read More »
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NNHW
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NNHW begins on Sunday! Make way for a celebration!

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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Scholarships
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Scholarship applications due May 31

IHCA ICAL member facilities' staff members are eligible for one of 25 $1,000 IHCA Foundation scholarships. Administrators, please provide this information to employees seeking college degrees in LTC-related fields. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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  Registration Closed
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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
Quality
Regulatory
Education
NNHW
Scholarships
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