IHCA Bulletin October 15, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Education
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Don't miss: IHCA ICAL Quality Initiative conference

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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"How to" for home health and hospice services

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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November Districts registration open

All IHCA ICAL member facilities will want to have personnel attend these important education topics at the upcoming November District meetings. Read More »
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Two upcoming webinars from AHCA/NCAL

These two FREE webinars, from AHCA/NCAL, are a great, economical way to get your staff thinking about two important topics: partnerships with hospice and disaster planning. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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TB screening procedures being amended

Changes being made to Iowa's Administrative Rules regarding TB testing will make them consistent with CDC recommendations. Read More »

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ACA bringing changes to Iowa Medicaid

IME letter provides details on Medicaid provider-related changes taking place. Read More »

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Survey on NF electronic health record adoptions

IME is conducting a survey with IHCA to identify EHR adoption and needs in long term care. It is important for ALL facilities to participate. Please complete yours today! Read More »

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Go Direct resources help meet federal electronic payment deadline

People who live in nursing facilities – and their representative payees – must transition to electronic federal benefit payments by the March 1, 2013. Go Direct and AHCA have joined forces to provider resources for the transition.
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Quality
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Iowa NHs encouraged to participate in new quality network

Iowa nursing homes are invited to participate in the Learning and Action Network (LAN) being created by Telligen to help develop and improve systems of care leading to better quality. Read More »

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Inside look at quality issues for independent owners

For independent owners, finding time to focus on existing and emerging priorities can be a challenge. AHCA/NCAL's free webinar, Tools to Simplify the Quality Award Application for Independent Owners, will bring together the resources that can help align the Quality Award and Quality Initiatives goals.
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Get started using TLC Trend Tracker

With ongoing changes in the long term care landscape, keeping up with your facility's data is now a necessity. This is an excellent time to take advantage of AHCA’s free webinars to learn more about LTC Trend Tracker (LTCTT). There are webinars for both existing users and those wanting to learn more. Read More »

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BCG Research: Resident satisfaction surveys starting

BCG Research is conducting their annual Resident Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about what they can offer your facility! Read More »
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National satisfaction survey results

National survey results show positive satisfaction results for skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities. Read More »

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Flu news
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Get the word out: Start your flu immunization campaign

Telligen offers Iowa providers free flu immunization promotional materials. Read More »

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National News
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AHCA elects Board of Governors

AHCA’s Board of Governors is comprised of leading long term care providers from across the country, elected by the membership at the association’s national convention last week. 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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NAHCA News
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NAHCA-Iowa member attends AHFSA conference

Pam Conder from the Good Samaritan Society - Ottumwa recently represented NAHCA at the Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies conference. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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NW District Education, November 6, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, November 8, Waterloo
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SE District Education, November 13, West Liberty
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SW District Education, November 15, Atlantic
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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
Education
Regulatory and Payment
Quality
Flu news
National News
NAHCA News
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