IHCA Bulletin June 18, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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HIPAA
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Version 5010 enforcement discretion period ends June 30

The CMS enforcement discretion period for HIPAA Version 5010 upgrade ends on June 30, 2012. That's just two weeks away. Is your facility ready to be in compliance? Read More »

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Guidance for providers when subpoenaed for records including PHI

AHCA/NCAL has developed a document for members to provide guidance for providers when faced with requests for information that may jeopardize HIPAA compliance. Read More »

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HIPAA enforcement modules from HHS

Developed for attorney generals' office use, long term care providers can use these training materials for staff training in HIPAA privacy and security rules. Read More »

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Payment & Regulatory
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Medicare providers required to have MOA with Telligen

Under federal law, Medicare providers are required to have a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Telligen. Learn more here. Read More »

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Nursing facilities that file IRS Form 990

The IDPH notified IHCA of this change in IRS form filing that recently took effect. Read More »
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Exploitation of VA pension program

NCAL advises members to exercise caution when forming relationships with organizations that provide financial advice to prospective residents and families, particularly in regard to applying for VA pension benefits. Read More »
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Quality & Awards
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CMS nursing facility questionnaire participation

CMS is distributing a questionnaire to a representative sample of 4,200 randomly selected nursing homes nationwide. Watch your QIES mailbox for notification that your facility has been selected to participate in this important information gathering. Read More »

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IHCA ICAL Quality Awards: Celebrating our members!

Recognize the outstanding programs and people in your organization by nominating them for an IHCA ICAL Quality Program Award or Excellence in Long Term Care Award. Deadline for submissions is August 15. Read More »

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Don't miss out on the free LTC Trend Tracker tool

LTC Trend Tracker is a free member service provided for AHCA members. AHCA's free webinars are an excellent way to learn more about this free data management resource. Read More »
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Great resources to help improve staff stability

One of AHCA Quality Initiative's goals is to improve staff stability by reducing turnover among clinical staff by 15 percent over the next three years. AHCAPublications.org has some useful resources to help providers reach their goal. Read More »

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Education
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Summer Quarterly Conference is this week

There's still time to register online or walk-ins will be welcome at the IHCA ICAL Summer Quarterly Education Conference on Wednesday, June 20 in Des Moines. And don't forget, this event is held in conjunction with the IHCA ICAL CNA and Direct Caregivers ConferenceRead More »

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Building strong caregivers: The CNA/DCW Conference

This is a great opportunity to refocus and motivate your CNAs and direct caregivers! The IHCA ICAL CNA and Direct Caregivers Conference is Wednesday, June 20 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Read More »
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July Districts to feature DIA and State Ombudsman leaders

The July IHCA ICAL District Meeting and education will feature a conversation with DIA Director Roberts and State LTC Ombudsman staff. Plan now to join us!  Read More »

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Make a splash at the Dementia Care Conference

Our August 7, Dementia Care Conference, in Des Moines will feature internationally-known dementia educator and popular IHCA ICAL presenter Erin Bonitto. The conference location, Ramada Inn Tropic Resort, is offering attendees a special room rate of $69 (including 4 passes to their indoor waterpark). This offer expires July 10, so make your reservation now by calling 515.278.0271. Read More »

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In-service resource on infection prevention and control

Consider our webinar, Infection Prevention and Control for CNAs and Direct Caregivers, on July 18 at 10 a.m., as an in-service resource for your direct care staff. The webinar explains the role CNAs and direct caregivers should play in infection control. Registered facilities receive a link to the recorded webinar that can be accessed and used over and over for six months. Read More »

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Attention all nurses: Professional Nursing Seminar

Make sure your nursing staff keeps up to date on changes in geriatric care and services provided in their field by attending the IHCA Professional Nursing Seminar being offered in two locations: Coralville on July 31 and West Des Moines on August 1Read More »

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Association News
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Advocacy starts at home!

Kudos to Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City which just unveiled a new Political Action Center! As July approaches, watch for more information and plan to attend the upcoming events and forums that IHCA and ICAL member facilities will be hosting for our state and federal legislators and candidates for office. Read More »
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Take an active role in your association

Member participation is key to our association's success! Get involved with your IHCA and ICAL associations by participating in a committee or running for a board of directors' position. Contact your district leader by August 3, 2012, to have your name submitted to the nomination committee. Read More »

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Nurses' contact information requested

Our member facilities are asked to update their nurse leaders' contact information for the IHCA ICAL database. 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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AHCA/NCAL convention: Information and knowledge to build on

Listen and connect with top quality care leaders and experts and get the latest information essential to staying on top in the long term care profession at the 2012 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention in Tampa, FL, October 7-10. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Northwest District Meeting & Education, July 10, Storm Lake
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Northeast District Meeting & Education, July 12, Waterloo
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Southeast District Meeting & Education, July 17, West Liberty
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Infection Prevention and Control for CNAs and Direct Care Givers, July 18, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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Southwest District Meeting & Education, July 19, Atlantic
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Professional Nursing Seminar, July 31, Coralville
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Professional Nursing Seminar, August 1, 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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HIPAA
Payment & Regulatory
Quality & Awards
Education
Association News
National News
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