IHCA Bulletin July 30, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Awards
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IHCA ICAL Quality and Excellence Awards

The deadline for entries for our award programs is August 15! Don't miss your chance to 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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Payment
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Update from IME on July 1, 2012, NF rates

IHCA has learned that the July 1, 2012, nursing facility Medicaid payment rates may be delayed due the calculation of the Geographic Wage Index. Read More »
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Clarification on Medicaid supplementation

With the rule-making direction given to DHS by the legislation regarding financial supplementation for Medicaid, facilities should not attempt to implement family supplementation until DHS has written, approved and implemented rules providing specific guidance. Read More »

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CMS to issues update for FY2013 SNF PPS

CMS has published an Update Notice for the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for FY 2013 that made changes to the PPS official. The good news is that the notice only makes statutory update adjustments to Medicare Part A rather than any new policy that could dramatically affect payments. Read More »

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CMS outlines process for submitting MDS questions

CMS outlines process for MDS 3.0 questions, but your best defense is proper MDS Coordinator training through IHCA! Read More »

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CMS reviewing integrity audit program

AHCA has learned that CMS is reviewing the process and procedures in the Medicare and Medicaid integrity audits program. Read More »
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Medicaid & CareWatch case mix increase

The 2012 first quarter case mix indices (CMI) released through March 2012 shows Medicaid CMI's rising further. Read More »
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Regulatory
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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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Understanding accident and fall reporting

IHCA has available for members an accident/fall reporting flow chart with instructions to help simplify the analysis and understanding of the reporting requirements set forth in 481 IAC 50.7.  Read More »

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Inspection by Disability Rights Iowa

As a reminder, nursing homes may undergo inspections by Disability Rights Iowa. See IHCA ICAL's memo that provides details about the inspection. Read More »

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National News
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OIG office doing survey of re-hospitalizations

Some nursing facilities across the country have received letters from the OIG's Office of Evaluation and Inspection (OEI) regarding a national survey of HHS programs. Read More »

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OIG website consumer alert section

The OIG website has a new Consumer Alerts section where it posts issues fraud alerts pertaining to long term care 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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Education
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Bring out the best in your supervisory staff

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 Prescriptions of Antipsychotics, is a great way to get started. Read More »
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Nursing seminar - This week!

Staying up to date on the changes in geriatric care and services is a challenge, but our IHCA Professional Nursing Seminar makes it that much easier! The seminar is being offered THIS WEEK 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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Next week: Dementia care education

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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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Start planning for convention! Register now!

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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Who knew golfing could be so fun!

Support the efforts of 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 Calendar
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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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MDS 3.0 Certification Program, September 18, West Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Re-Certification Program, September 20, West Des Moines
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Medicare Review, September 25, 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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Awards
Payment
Regulatory
National News
Education
IHCA ICAL Convention
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