IHCA Bulletin June 25, 2012
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Payment and Regulatory
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CMS announces Five-Star rating and Nursing Home Compare changes

Dr. David Gifford, AHCA Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, explains the changes made to the Five-Star rating and Nursing Home Compare website to AHCA members. Read More »

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Recovery audits collect $588.4M in 2nd quarter

SNFs are among providers undergoing CMS Recovery Audits. Learn more from AHCA's Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program webpage. Read More »

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HCBS Elderly Waiver upper limit increases July 1

Legislative actions bring changes in Elderly Waiver upper limit and provider rates. Read More »

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HIPAA
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Version 5010 enforcement discretion period ends Saturday

The EDI Support Services portal used by IME for Version 4010 HIPAA transactions will no longer be functional with the ending of the CMS non-enforcement period on Saturday. All transactions must flow through the Version 5010 portal. Is your facility ready for the conversion? Read More »

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National News
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Provider assessments eyed for student loan patch

Congress has proposed using savings from a reduction in the Medicaid provider assessment to offset subsidies to the Stafford student loan program. Our members need to send a strong message to Congress to protect funding for the nation's nursing homes. Read More »

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Webinar to review Supreme Court ruling on ACA

Free webinar, June 28 at noon, on the Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Pre-registration is required. 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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Clinical
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CDC updates guidance for CRE

CDC has released updated guidelines and tools to deal with carbapenem-resistent Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). All clinicians should review this information. Read More »

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Association News
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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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Quality and Awards
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Trend Tracker data management tool is a hit

Many IHCA members are already taking advantage of the free LTC Trend Tracker web-based tool. We are hearing rave reviews about how easy it is to manage data using this web-based tool. See what you're missing today! Read More »

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IHCA ICAL Quality Awards: Now accepting nominations

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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Education
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Department head training in Carroll and Coralville

Mark your calendar for the IHCA ICAL Department Head Training Conference being offered in two locations in August. 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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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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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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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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Education Calendar
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Single Facility Conference, June 27, West 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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HCBS Elderly Waiver Changes, July 25, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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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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Dementia Care Conference, August 7, Des Moines
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Department Head Training Conference, August 22, Carroll
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Department Head Training Conference, August 30, Coralville
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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
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Clinical
Association News
Quality and Awards
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