IHCA Bulletin November 12, 2012
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Education
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LTC Information Technology Conference, December 6

The IHCA ICAL LTC Technology Conference, December 6 in West Des Moines, will open the door for long term care operators on the latest information on Iowa’s information exchange for 2013 and electronic health technology. Don't miss this opportunity to get your bearings on information technology for LTC! Read More »

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Education heats up at Winter Quarterly!

Get winter off to a great start at the IHCA ICAL Winter Quarterly Education Conference! Get registered now for the event on December 5, 2012, in Des Moines. Check out our list of hot topics and prominent speakers! Read More »

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Calling all CNAs and direct caregivers: Here's your conference!

Fire up your caregivers with the IHCA ICAL Certified Nurse Assistant and Direct Caregiver Education Conference, December 5 in Des Moines. Spark your caregivers' motivation and commitment and send them back to work with a renewed perspective on how they can bring their best to your facility every day. Read More »

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Disasters happen here too...Is your facility ready?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, even facilities in the Midwest are reminded of the importance of having a complete and up-to-date disaster plan. A great start to reviewing and updating your plan is to attend the IHCA ICAL Disaster Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, November 27 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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ICAC designation MDS cert renewal

The ICAC Renewal Program (MDS Certification Renewal), on November 28 in West Des Moines, is for those who in 2010 or 2011 completed IHCA's MDS 3.0 Certification Program and earned the ICAC designation. Read More »
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Webinar: Resident rights staff training

The upcoming webinar, What You Need to Know about Resident/Tenant Rights, on November 29 is a great in-service opportunity for your staff. Participating facilities have access to the online recording of the webinar for six months. Read More »

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District meetings finish this week

There is still time to attend the SE and SW November District meetings being held this week. Education at the meetings will feature OSHA's new inspection initiative and chronic disease management. Make sure you and your staff plan to attend! Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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MOA deadline: Is your facility out of compliance?

All Medicare providers are required by CMS to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with their state's quality improvement organization every three years. Forty-four percent of Iowa Medicare providers have not completed this form and are currently non-compliant with CMS requirements. Read More »

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CMS releases MDS 3.0 RAI Manual update

CMS has released an updated MDS 3.0 RAI Manual (Version 1.09) that incorporates revisions from previously posted Erata documents. AHCAPublications.org will have their RAI MDS 3.0 Manual revision available by year-end. Read More »
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New resource for dual eligibles info

AHCA/NCAL has launched a new webpage for issues related to Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible beneficiaries. Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!

Iowa providers are strongly encouraged to consistently check the "excluded individuals" lists for not only new or potential employees, but existing employees as well. Here are the links and forms recommended by our legal consultant Davis Brown Law. Read More »
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Home Health
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Home health quality improvement resources

Check out the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign educational resources that offer practical applications of quality improvement strategies. Read More »
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Quality Initiatives
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Quality Award Program Intent to Apply deadline extended

Due to Hurricane Sandy, AHCA/NCAL has extended the Intent to Apply deadline for the 2013 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program until November 15, 2012. This extension applies to all facilities nationwide. Read More »
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Web tools to help manage, reduce antipsychotic use

IA-ADAPT website offers tools to help providers better understand how to manage - and reduce - the use of anti-psychotic drugs in people with dementia. Read More »
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Putting improvement into action

Telligen event focuses on community resources working together to accelerate quality healthcare improvement in their communities. Read More »

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Association News
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Book rooms early: IHCA ICAL 2013 convention room block open

Don't miss out! Book rooms early for the 2013 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show! 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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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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LTC Technology Conference, December 6, West Des Moines
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Restorative Nursing Program, December 12, West 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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Education
Regulatory and Payment
Home Health
Quality Initiatives
Association News
National News
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