IHCA Bulletin October 29, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Quality
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Take the leap to the Bronze Quality Award

IHCA and ICAL members are encouraged to take "the leap of quality" and apply for the AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Award. Read More »

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Education
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District meetings start next week...are you registered?

The upcoming November District meetings feature education on OSHA's new inspection initiative and chronic disease management. Make sure you and your staff are registered! Read More »

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Stay ahead of chaos with up-to-date disaster plan

Every facility needs to be prepared in advance and have an up-to-date plan in place for when disaster strikes - fire, flood, tornado, blizzard, or ice storm. The IHCA ICAL Disaster Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, November 27 will feature state experts in several areas related to disaster planning and disaster management. Read More »

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MDS training is key to reimbursement success

IHCA's comprehensive two-day MDS 3.0 training program - MDS 101 and MDS 201 - introduces MDS 3.0 to new (or fairly new) MDS coordinators, nurses, social services and administrators. Good training means more accurate reimbursement! Check out MDS 101: Basic MDS 3.0 Training and MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training being offered this week. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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OIG releases 2013 work plan

The HHS, Office of Inspector General (OIG), 2013 Work Plan focuses on seven different areas related to Medicare and Medicaid. In each area, the Work Plan identifies compliance risk areas that subject Medicare and Medicaid providers to audit and enforcement initiatives.  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 rates, Oct. 2012-Sept. 2013

Brighton Consulting Group has provided several tables showing the calculations for the Medicare rates that will allow IHCA members to breakdown of the Medicare payment rate into Therapy, Non-Therapy Ancillary, Wage Related and Non-Wage Related payment components. Read More »

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Home Health
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Home Health PPS rates for 2013

This CMS proposed rule updates Medicare's Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) payment rates for Calendar Year (CY) 2013. Read More »
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Explanation for doctors of home health requirements

This MLN Matters article explains the home health certification and face-to-face encounter requirements. Read More »

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Workforce
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Gossip, rumor or whistle blowing?

IHCA ICAL's legal consultant offers insight into a recent Iowa Court of Appeals decision on a whistle blower case. Read More »

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Flu News
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Influenza outbreak in central Iowa NFs

Facilities with an outbreak of influenza must notify IDPH. Review these guidelines for details. Read More »

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Association News
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New quality and clinical director named

IHCA ICAL members' quest for quality continues under the guidance of our new Director of Quality and Clinical Services. Read More »

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Please update your facility info

Each member facility and/or organization is asked to complete the Update of Organization form to update their facility's/organization's information. Please do so as soon as possible. Read More »
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Is your facility information accurate on our Facility Finder?

IHCA ICAL members are encouraged to review and update their information on our Facility Finder and Care Interpreter online tools. Our Facility Finder is used by hospital discharge planners and consumers to find a facility to meet their care needs. Here's now to make sure your information is current and up to date... 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 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 SOLD OUT
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 6, West Des Moines SOLD OUT
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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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Assisted Living Managers Annual Education Conference, November 14, West Des Moines
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SW District Education, November 15, Atlantic
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Disaster Preparedness Conference, November 27, West Des Moines
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ICAC Renewal Program (MDS Certification Renewal), November 28, West Des Moines
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What You Need to Know about Resident/Tenant Rights, November 29, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 5, Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines
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CNA and Direct Caregiver Education Conference, December 5, Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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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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Quality
Education
Regulatory and Payment
Home Health
Workforce
Flu News
Association News
National News
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