IHCA Bulletin July 23, 2012
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National News
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CMS launches updated Nursing Home Compare website

CMS has launched the updates Nursing Home Compare and Hospital Compare websites. Facilities are encouraged to review their information on the new website. Read More »

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Review your updated NH Compare information, rating

Administrators and owners are encouraged to review the changes made to the Nursing Home Compare website last week. Read More »
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Untested model threatens frailest residents

AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson issued a statement last week in response to the Senate Aging Committee’s hearing examining Medicare-Medicaid coordination of the dual eligible population. 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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Resources for reducing antipsychotics

A recent OIG report indicated that 99.5 percent of nursing facilities would fail to meet the federal requirements for resident assessments and/or care plans for residents taking atypical antipsychotics. IHCA and AHCA have training and resources that will help facilities develop a successful antipsychotics reduction program. 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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ICD-10 transition preparation must continue

Although the final rule on the proposed ICD-10 deadline change has yet to be published, it is important to continue planning for the transition to ICD-10. Read More »
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IME clarifies QAAF and end-of-life care

Informational Letter No. 1156 clarifies basic misunderstandings regarding the nursing facility quality assurance assessment fee (QAAF) and its application and implication for NF residents diagnosed with terminal illness who could benefit from end of life care. IHCA will be scheduling an educational webinar on this subject. Read More »

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LEIE database exclusions and reinstatements updated

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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Survey and Quality
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CMS 2012 NH Action Plan summary

AHCA offers members a summary of CMS' recently released nursing home survey action plan for 2012. Read More »

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Tops in Survey

Congratulations to our IHCA members who has received a deficiency-free survey. Read More »
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IHCA ICAL award program entry materials

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. Administrators: Please share this information with your activity professionals! Read More »

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Funding
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Facilities receive CMPQII grant funds

Two IHCA member nursing facilities recently received award notices for grant applications they made to the DHS 2012 Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative (CMPQII) Grant Program. Read More »
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Clinical
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CDC releases report on unsafe injection practices

The CDC's Healthcare Provider Toolkit offers resources to help prevent breaches in injection practices that can cause life-threatening outbreaks. Read More »

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Nursing proposal: New RNs to have BSN by 2015

All long term care nurse managers and nurse leaders are encouraged to come and learn more about the Iowa Action Coalition. Read More »
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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Convention registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2012 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show. The event is October 1-3 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. Read More »
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PAC golf tournament: Tee it up for long term care!

Join the Iowa Health PAC committee at the 24th Annual Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines. Be sure to check out the many sponsorship levels to choose from! Read More »
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Education
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Must-attend for nurses!

Several current, key issues in nursing care will be topics covered in the IHCA Professional Nursing Seminar being offered in two locations: Coralville on July 31 and West Des Moines on August 1. Make sure your nursing staff is in attendance! Read More »

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Dementia care education for all staff

The IHCA ICAL Dementia Care Conference is August 7 in Des Moines, and will feature internationally-known dementia educator and popular IHCA ICAL presenter Erin Bonitto. The conference is for all personnel who work with dementia residents/tenants at any level. Read More »

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Conference for department supervisors

The IHCA ICAL Department Head Training Conference is a unique opportunity to make sure your department supervisors are all on the same page on employment-related issues. Check out the two dates and locations being offered in August. Read More »

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Webinar: Strategies for reducing antipsychotic drug use

The AHCA Quality Initiatives, CMS and DIA are working together to support facilities and doctors in reducing the overuse of antipsychotic medications. Our webinar, Practical Strategies to Avoid Inappropriate Presciptions of Antipsychotics, is a great way to get started. Read More »
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Association News
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Last week to be added to field of nominees

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

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Education Calendar
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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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Practical Strategies to Avoid Inappropriate Prescriptions of Antipsychotics, August 23, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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Department Head Training Conference, August 30, Coralville
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IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show, October 1-3, 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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Survey and Quality
Funding
Clinical
IHCA ICAL Convention
Education
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