IHCA Bulletin August 20, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Association News
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IHCA Board meets with D.C. leaders

The IHCA Board of Directors welcomed two guests at their August 14 meeting in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Strategic Plan update: Information needed

As part of the IHCA ICAL strategic plan, each member facility and/or organization is asked to complete the Update of Organization form to update their facility's/organization's information. Read More »

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Featured Associate

Streamline your rehabilitation, pharmacy, staffing, and consulting services with IHCA ICAL Association member Consonus Healthcare. Read More »

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State News
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Voting options and assistance for LTC residents and tenants

Any resident or tenant who is registered to vote can do so with your assistance. Here are links from the Secretary of State's office that provide directions for absentee voting and options for voters in need of assistance. Read More »

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National News
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News group's database targets NH survey reports

A new database is available that can search surveyor's 2567 comments. Facilities are encouraged to review their listing on the NH Compare and ProPublica website to be sure the information is up to date and correct. Read More »

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New Nursing Home Salary and Benefit Survey Report available

The HCS's 2012/2013 Nursing Home Salary and Benefit Survey Report is now available for purchase. Read More »

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Tampa awaits LTC fans!

Developmental disability service providers will learn the latest techniques in their profession when they attend the 2nd annual AHCA NCAL Developmental Disability (DD) Day at this year’s Convention and Expo, Sunday, October 7. 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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Payment
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Free webinar on changes to fed benefit payments

AHCA is offering a free webinar on how providers can comply with the new federal regulation requiring electronic payment of federal and non-tax payments. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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The business case for the AHCA Quality Initiative

What can participating in the AHCA Quality Initiatives do for your organization? AHCA offers a business case that outlines the benefits to be realized when the first goal of safe reduction of hospital readmissions is achieved. Read More »

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Start the Bronze Award quest today!

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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Free LTC Trend Tracker webinar series

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

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Education
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Coming soon: Home Health and Hospice "how to" class

Should offering home health and hospice services be on your facility's radar? Find out more about what it would take to offer these services at our How to Start a Home Health or Hospice Agency class on October 23 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Webinar this week on reducing antipsychotic drug use

Don't miss Thursday's webinar, Practical Strategies to Avoid Inappropriate Prescriptions of Antipsychotics. This webinar is designed to get our member facilities started on the Quality Initiative for reducing antipsychotics by 15 percent by year's end. Read More »

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EEOC training - and more - for department heads

Is your facility protected from a lawsuit by being in compliance with the new federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance? The IHCA ICAL Department Head Training Conference will help you ensure your facility staff is up to speed on the new EEOC guidance as well as other important topics for your supervisors. Read More »

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MDS cert training brings reimbursement success

Save your facility time and money with a well-trained MDS coordinator. IHCA offers two levels of MDS 3.0 certification training for both new and continuing MDS staff. Read More »

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Keep on top of Medicare changes

Medicare can be complicated and confusing with new rules and regulations and changing documentation. That's why we offer the Medicare Review course. Read More »
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Setting social media boundaries for staff

Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn all have their place in today’s fast paced world, but when and where is social media acceptable in the healthcare environment? The webinar, A CNAs and Direct Caregivers Guide to Social Media in the Workplace, addresses with facility staff the developing laws regarding social media, as well as, the practical aspects of use, policies, and privacy. Read More »

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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Learn AND have fun at the IHCA ICAL Convention!

It's not all about CEUs and meetings at the 2012 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show! Check out our lineup of fun social events! Read More »

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Tee off for a good cause!

Don't miss the fun at the Iowa Health PAC's 24th Annual Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament. Register now for the event on Sunday, September 30, 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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Education Calendar
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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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A CNAs and Direct Caregivers Guide to Social Media in the Workplace, September 13, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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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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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 5-9, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 6, West 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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State News
National News
Payment
Quality Initiative
Education
IHCA ICAL Convention
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