IHCA Bulletin July 2, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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National News
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US Supreme Court upholds ACA - What now?

AHCA/NCAL has been in constant motion since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. See what they have to say and what resources are available for their members. Read More »

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Provider assessments saved from student loan patch

AHCA was able to stave off Congress's proposal to use Medicaid provider assessment thresholds to avert student loan interest rate hikes on July 1. Read More »

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Bill introduced to close VA pension loophole

A newly proposed bill would address problems with wartime veterans becoming eligible for pensions by transferring financial assets before applying for VA’s pension programs for low-income. 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 and Payment
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Controlled substances - Make sure facility is in compliance!

Facilities are subject to audits of controlled substances. Make sure your facility is in compliance! Read More »
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New from IME

The following Informational Letters were issued recently by the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. Read More »
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HIPAA
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HIPAA Security Rule - $1.7M case settlement

Alaska's state Medicaid agency agreed to pay $1.7M to settle possible violations of the HIPAA Security Rule and take corrective action to properly safeguard the protected health information (PHI) of their Medicaid beneficiaries. Read More »
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OCR releases audit program protocol

HHS is required to perform periodic audits to ensure that covered entities are complying with the HIPAA privacy and security rules and breach notification standards. Do you know the protocol? Read More »
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Association News
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IHCA receives oral health education grant

The Iowa Health Care Foundation has received a grant to provide an oral health education program for direct caregivers, nurses, and administrators with the goal of improving oral health care services for the frail and elderly. Read More »

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Consider running for an IHCA or ICAL board position

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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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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Webinar: 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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Hear from State agency leaders at July districts

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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Two sites for DH training conference

Mark your calendar for the IHCA ICAL Department Head Training Conference being offered in two locations in August. Read More »
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Ideal for all NF nurses

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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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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Activities
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Fresh ideas to keep residents engaged

Activity staff will love the fun, games, and ideas that help excite the brains of young and old alike with an engaging assortment of trivia quizzes, exercises in creativity, word games, discussion topics, and more. The AHCA online bookstore has just reduced prices on these popular resources. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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In This Issue
National News
Regulatory and Payment
HIPAA
Association News
Education
Activities
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