IHCA Bulletin November 26, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Education
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Popular CNA conference just a week away

Our popular Certified Nurse Assistant and Direct Caregiver Education Conference is December 5 in Des Moines. This always excellent event helps spark caregivers' motivation and commitment, and sends 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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Wrap up your 2012 CEUs at Winter Quarterly

Are your CEUs all caught up for 2012? If not, the IHCA ICAL Winter Quarterly Education Conference is an opportunity for nurses, social services, department heads, administrators, and AL managers to earn up to 5.5 hours! Read More »

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Electronic health changes coming to Iowa

The IHCA ICAL LTC Technology Conference, December 6 in West Des Moines, will bring long term care operators up to speed 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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Make the most of your restorative nursing program

Is your facility making the most of its restorative nursing program? If you aren't sure, plan to have staff attend the IHCA Restorative Nursing Program seminar on December 12 in West Des Moines. Read More »
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MDS certification renewal for ICAC

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 this week: Resident and tenant rights

This week's, 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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Survey and Quality
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Free LTC Trend Tracker webinars: Basics and upgrades

AHCA's Long Term Care Trend Tracker has become the data management tool-of-choice for nearly 150 IHCA member facilities. Learn more about the basics as well as upgrades to the system with two upcoming FREE webinars. Read More »

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Communication and teamwork staff training tools

TeamSTEPPS® is designed to help nursing homes, assisted living programs and retirement communities improve interdisciplinary collaboration and communication to reduce patient safety risk and hazards. Learn more about this free resource today! Read More »
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LTC Survey Manual update from AHCA

The newly updated 2012 Long Term Care Survey manual is ready for distribution. Get yours from www.ahcapublications.org.  Read More »

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Payment
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Update to Medicare rates for 2013

On November 16, CMS announced updates to Medicare beneficiary premium, deductible and coinsurance costs for 2013. Read More »

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Hospice rates: Update from IME

IME has issued revised version of the Annual Update of Hospice Rates letter to correct the effective dates. 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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Aid in caregivers' Hurricane Sandy recovery

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the AHCA/NCAL New Jersey and New York affiliates have established foundations to support those long term employees whose lives have been impacted significantly by Hurricane Sandy. Read More »
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Resources
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November is Iowa Adult Immunization Month

Adults - especially those working in LTC settings - should stay current on recommended vaccinations and, in the fall, the influenza vaccination takes center stage. See these resources for help in getting the word out to residents, family members and staff. Read More »

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Used minibuses for sale

Access Institute, a non-profit organization in Idaho, has surplus minibuses for sale. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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