IHCA Bulletin May 21, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Fire & Life Safety
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Effective June 1: Change in Fire Marshal revisits

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 these changes! Read More »
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Regulatory & Payment
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Iowa Medicaid Program Enrollment Renewal

IME has announced that the enrollment renewal for the Iowa Medicaid Program has begun.  Read More »

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Excluded Individual and Parties Search Tips From IME

A reminder to all Medicaid Providers as to the federal rules and enforcement provisions as it relates to searching the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) and the Excluded Parties System (EPLS).    Read More »

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Medicaid & CareWatch Case Mix Increase

The most recent quarterly case mix indices (CMI) released show an increase  in acuity for those residents on Medicaid for the fourth straight quarter since the MDS 3.0 Read More »
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Webinar: OSHA's National Emphasis Program 2012

Be prepared for OSHA when they arrive!  Register for the upcoming AHCA Webinar on OSHA's National Emphasis Program.  Read More »

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Quality
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Expect Updates to Nursing Home Compare & Five Star This Summer

On May 16, AHCA and other stakeholders received a briefing from CMS and agency contractors, Abt Associates, regarding the upcoming changes to Nursing Home Compare and the Five Star Rating System. Read More »
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Tops In Survey

Congratulations to our IHCA members who has received a deficiency-free survey. 
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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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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 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 course on Wednesday

On Wednesday, IHCA ICAL is offering dietary staff in assisted living and nursing facilities 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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Scholarships
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Last call for scholarship applications

Thursday, May 31, is the deadline for IHCA ICAL member facilities' staff members to submit applications for the 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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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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Fire & Life Safety
Regulatory & Payment
Quality
National News
Education
Scholarships
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