IHCA Bulletin May 14, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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State News
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Governor Branstad signs NNHW proclamation

Here's a copy of Governor Branstad's National Nursing Home Week proclamation to share with your staff, residents and guests! As you celebrate NNHW don't forget about free resources and sharing your events via social media. Read More »

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Hats off to our national Bronze award recipients!

Let's hear it for the 12 IHCA ICAL member facilities who have been named recipients of the AHCA NCAL 2012 National Quality Bronze Award. Read More »
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HHS Appropriations final bill of session

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 new website unveiled

AHCA's new website is designed to be easy to navigate, modern, and reflective of AHCA’s position as a leading professional organization. Members will find some familiar aspects of the website, as well as, some new features to help make information easier to find and navigation more intuitive. Check it out! 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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Regulatory & Payment
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Change in Fire Marshal revisits; new documentation needed

Due to budget constraints, the State Fire Marshal's Office is discontinuing routine revisits. They have provided information for providers on documentation changes that are taking effect June 1, 2012, in regard to this change. All providers will want to be aware of this changes! Read More »

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IME policy on home health change of ownership

IME is reminding providers that Iowa follows Medicare policy in regard to home health agency change of ownership. Read More »
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Medicaid provider training announced

IME has announced its annual provider training topics, dates and locations.  Read More »

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Workforce
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Webinar: UIHC safe patient lifting program

This University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics webinar will give insight into their safe patient lifting program that has significantly reduced injuries and lost staff days. Read More »

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LEIE database updated with April 2012 exclusions and reinstatements

The Updated LEIE Database file reflects all OIG exclusion and reinstatement actions. This new Updated LEIE Database (list of excluded individuals and entities) is a complete database file containing all exclusions currently in effect. 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! Read More »
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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 certification: Get it 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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Training for non-profit board of directors' members

IHCA is offering non-profit member facilities a unique opportunity with our Non-Profit Board Member Training Program being offered on Thursday, June 14 in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Resources
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Nebraska Health Care Foundation sponsor TV program on eldercare and dementia

The Nebraska Health Care Foundation (NHCF) is sponsoring a 4-part public television program series "Now What?" focused on eldercare and dementia. 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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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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Non-Profit Board Member Training Program, June 14, 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 & Payment
Workforce
Education
Resources
Scholarships
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