IHCA Bulletin September 17, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Don't miss early bird registration prices!

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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Convention contest - Design your 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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Convention slide show to feature caregivers

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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PAC golf tourney: Team member names needed!

If you haven't already done so, those registered for the 24th Annual Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament need to submit their golfers' names as soon as possible to Jennifer Schumann at 515.978.2204. Or if you haven't already registered, you can still do so by contacting Jennifer immediately. Read More »

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IHCA ICAL elections and business meetings

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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Nurse and Activity groups' meetings and elections

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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Important Quality Initiatives education

The CMS and DIA survey processes are already being impacted by the new national Quality Initiatives. Facilities must get up to speed! The IHCA ICAL NF and AL Quality Initiative Conference is a must-attend education for providers! Read More »

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Few openings left for Senior Oral Health Project - Enroll now!

We have a few openings left for facilities wishing to participate in our new Senior Oral Health Project at the special introductory price of $25. The introductory education session, Something to Smile About! Oral Health Screening and Dental Referrals for Older Adults, will be offered on Tuesday afternoon at the IHCA ICAL Convention. Read More »

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2013 Quality Award Intent to Apply deadline Nov. 1

The 2013 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program application process is now in full swing. The program criteria are a powerful resource for quality improvement activities. Learn more about what participating in the program can do to enhance for your facility's quality efforts! Read More »

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CMS Q&A on antipsychotic drug use data

The Midwest Division of CMS, Survey and Certification has created a Q&A document to help clarify data issues related to the reduction of antipsychotic drug use. Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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Tuesday: Free webinar on federal benefit payment changes

AHCA is offering a free webinar Tuesday 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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New from IME

The following Informational Letters were issued recently by the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. Read More »
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Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that open enrollment for Medicare, including Medicare Part D plans, starts Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Check out the resources at Medicare.gov. Read More »
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Prevent fines for employing "excluded individuals"

IHCA ICAL has developed two documents that members can use to check alternate names for all employees and potential employees to help prevent potential fines for employing "excluded individuals." Read More »
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Survey
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Member help needed in survey recommendations to CMS

AHCA is asking member facilities to complete a survey, Survey Efficiency and Effectiveness, to help identify issues and concerns to develop recommendations for CMS related to the survey process. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, September 19. Read More »

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Workforce
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Insight into employee drug testing

Employee drug testing is a common topic of discussion among workforce issues. Read More »
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Disaster Planning
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New disaster planning resources from CDC

A change in the seasons is always a good time to review and update your facility's disaster plan. Here's a new resource from the CDC. Read More »

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Education
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Adding home health and hospice services 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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Review Medicare's changing rules/regulations

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, September 24 in Coralville. Read More »

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Association News
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Uhlenkamp honored with INA award

Congratulations to Lisa Uhlenkamp, IHCA ICAL Director of Quality and Clinical Services, on being named recipient of the Iowa Nurses Association Teresa E. Christy Award. Read More »
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State News
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Voting options and assistance for tenants and residents

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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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 Calendar
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MDS 3.0 Certification Program, September 18-20, West Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Re-Certification Program, September 20-21, 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 and Regulatory
Survey
Workforce
Disaster Planning
Education
Association News
State News
National News
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