IHCA Bulletin December 10, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Regulatory
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Free "Hand in Hand" training materials sent by CMS

CMS has sent all nursing facilities free materials to help meet the additional training requirements for regular training on prevention of abuse and care for residents with dementia for nurse aides that is outlined in the Affordable Care Act. Watch for the Hand in Hand materials in the mail! Read More »

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CMS clarification on medication errors and pharmacy services

A recent CMS letter clarifies three topics related to medication errors and pharmacy services. Read More »

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DIA clarifies administering flu vaccine in NHs

DIA answers questions related to pharmacists administering influenza vaccine to nursing home residents. Read More »

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Letter outlines antipsychotic drug program changes

In Informational Letter No. 1185, IDHS and IME provide insight into program changes for atypical antipsychotics that take effect January 1. Read More »
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Report on danger of adult portable bed rails

New report out on danger of adult portable bed rails. Provider are encouraged to learn more about the risks associated with this product. Read More »

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Payment
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Call to Action: Help save Medicaid Quality Assurance Fee

Please contact your Members of Congress and tell them to oppose any legislative proposal that would reduce the maximum allowable Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment Fee! Read More »

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Medicaid provider renewal deadline, December 31

The deadline for facilities to complete the Medicaid provider renewal is December 31, 2012. Those who do not complete the renewal process will be terminated as an Iowa Medicaid provider. Read More »

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Education
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Life and Fire Safety Conference coming soon!

IHCA ICAL’s annual Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference is in the planning stages. Your help is needed however! Our presenters have asked for our members' input with questions and areas of interest you would like addressed at the conference. Save the dates on your calendar now! 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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Quality Initiative
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2011 staff retention and turnover data on LTC Trend Tracker

See how your turnover and retention rates compare to your peer organizations! 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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AHCA Independent Owner Leadership Conference, March 13-15

At the AHCA Independent Owner Leadership Conference, the focus is on electronic health records (EHR). Learn from and with other independent owners about what you need to know to get started on the process at your facility! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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