IHCA Bulletin September 10, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Register now for best pricing

Early bird registration ends September 24 for the 2012 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show. Be sure your staff is registered early to save $50!  Read More »

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Proudly fly your convention contest flag

All member facilities are invited to participate in the 2012 Convention Facility Flag Contest. Registration has been extended to September 21...don't miss your chance to participate in this fun contest. Read More »
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Get your facility photo in the Convention slide show

Send in your facility photos for the convention slide show. This year we're looking for photos that feature individual staff members in their care giving role. Facilities can submit up to five photos! The deadline is approaching! Read More »

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What a great way to kick off convention!

Participants at the Iowa Health PAC's 24th Annual Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament will have a fun-filled afternoon with 250 long term care owners and administrators and vendors. Are you registered yet? Vendors, get your sponsorship reserved now before the openings are all gone! Read More »

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Elections and business meetings scheduled at convention

The IHCA ICAL business meeting and elections will be held on Tuesday, October 2. The slate of names for officer elections has been released by the Nominations Committee. Read More »
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Meetings and elections for nurse and activity groups

The Iowa Nurses of Long Term Care (INLTC), Iowa Nurses of Assisted Living (INAL) and Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP) will hold their annual business meetings and elections at the IHCA ICAL Convention on October 2. Read More »
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Quality Initiatives
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LTC Trend Tracker keeps up with Quality Initiatives

Learn how AHCA’s free data management tool LTC Trend Tracker (LTCTT) can help you stay on top of data needed for the new Quality Initiatives. Read More »

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Sign up for the Senior Oral Health Project

Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the IHCA ICAL Senior Oral Health Project education and training at the unbelievable price of $25...if your facility enrolls early. Read on to learn more about the program... Read More »

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Payment
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Iowa's Medicare ACOs reaching out to beneficiaries

Iowa's four Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are in the process of notifying their beneficiaries informing them that their physician is participating in an ACO, and that Medicare wishes to provide claim information to that physician to better manage the beneficiary’s care. Read More »
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Free webinar on changes in federal 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, including Social Security benefits. Read More »

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Education
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'Must-attend' Quality Initiatives Conference

The new national Quality Initiatives are already beginning to impact the CMS and DIA survey processes. Get up to speed at the IHCA ICAL NF and AL Quality Initiative Conference. This is a must-attend education for providers! Read More »
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Home Health and Hospice "how to" class

Expanding to offer home health and hospice services is on many facilities' radar. Learn more about what it would take to offer these services at IHCA ICAL's How to Start a Home Health or Hospice Agency class on October 23 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Medicare changes are covered in review class

The face of Medicare is constantly changing with new rules and regulations and changing documentation. That's why your staff needs the Medicare Review course. Read More »

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Setting social media boundaries

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? This week's 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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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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Association News
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Members asked to complete member update form

Each member facility and/or organization is asked to complete the Update of Organization form (online form or PDF fillable form) to update their facility's/organization's information. Read More »

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Association quality/clinical position open

IHCA is accepting applications for the position of Director of Quality and Clinical Services which supports IHCA and ICAL member facilities' national Quality Initiatives efforts with an emphasis on education and communication with our long term care providers. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 18, West Des Moines
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How to Start a Home Health or Hospice Agency, October 23, West Des Moines
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Quality Initiative Conference, October 24, Cedar Rapids
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Quality Initiative Conference, October 25, West Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, October 31, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, November 1, West 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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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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Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.
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In This Issue
IHCA ICAL Convention
Quality Initiatives
Payment
Education
National News
Association News
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