IHCA Bulletin August 6, 2012
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Regulatory and Payment
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Clarification on Casper/NH Compare antipsychotic measures

AHCA has heard from several members about confusion over the conflicting antipsychotic-use rates between the CASPER report and the MDS 3.0 Nursing Home Compare measure. Read More »
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CMS forum on Part B Medical Review of Therapy Services

CMS is holding a special Open Door Forum on Tuesday for providers to learn about the manual medical review of therapy services beginning October 1. Read More »

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Free LTC Trend Tracker webinar series

If your facility isn't yet using the free LTC Trend Tracker, now is the time to learn more about what it can do for your data management! Read More »

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Awards
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Deadline approaching: Quality and Excellence Awards

The deadline for entries for our award programs is Wednesday, 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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2013 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application process

The 2013 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award applications for Bronze, Silver and Gold are now available. New this year: AL-specific Bronze award criteria and the Bronze Criteria Series video series. Read More »

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Education
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Dementia Care Conference on Tuesday

Walk-ins are welcome at the IHCA ICAL Dementia Care Conference, Tuesday, August 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Des Moines. The conference features internationally-known dementia educator and popular IHCA ICAL presenter Erin Bonitto. The training is for all personnel who work with dementia residents/tenants at any level. Read More »

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Get your supervisory staff all on the same page

The IHCA ICAL Department Head Training Conference is a great opportunity to get your department supervisors 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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Get started on reducing antipsychotic drug use

Our webinar, Practical Strategies to Avoid Inappropriate Prescriptions of Antipsychotics, is a great way to get started on reducing the use of antipsychotics in your facility. As part of the AHCA Quality Initiatives, CMS and DIA are working together to support facilities and doctors in reducing the overuse of antipsychotic medications. Participate in this webinar to get moving toward the Initiative's goal! Read More »

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MDS certification is key to reimbursement success

A facility MDS coordinator who is well trained in MDS 3.0 can help a facility save time and maximize reimbursement. Check out IHCA's MDS 3.0 Certification and Re-certification training for new and continuing MDS staff. Read More »

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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Keynote speakers will share treasures of wisdom and laughter

A highlight of the 2012 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show will be three keynote speakers who will bring energy and laughter to the program. Learn more about event being held October 1-3 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines! Read More »

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Calling all golfers and lovers of good fun!

Golf and fun don't always go together for some people, but mix in Iowa Health PAC and it all comes together for one fun and entertaining event! Iowa Health PAC's 24th Annual Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament is on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines. Get your foursome and/or sponsorship reserved now before time runs out! 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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Resources
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New issue of DD Digest

Get the latest news specifically for providers of DD services from AHCA. Read More »

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Featured Associate Member

Hoglund Bus Co. is a full-service school bus and commercial bus dealership located in Marshalltown. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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