IHCA Bulletin December 17, 2012
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Regulatory
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TB testing changes effective January 16

Significant changes in the TB testing requirements take effective on January 16, 2013. The new requirements, which apply to all health care facilities, include changes to the definition of "health care workers" who must be tested. Read More »

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Life and fire safety reminder for the holiday season

Safety first while decorating for the holiday season! Review the State Fire Marshal's Office Holiday Decorations memo. 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. The lists are updated regularly. Here are the links and forms recommended by our legal consultant Davis Brown Law. Read More »

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Payment
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Letter explains therapy limits for residents/families

IHCA members are invited to adapt a letter template from THCA for explaining therapy limits for residents and family members. 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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Health Information Technology
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Direct secure messaging FREE for six months

Iowa Health Information Network IHIN is offering Direct Secure Messaging FREE for six months to any health care provider who returns a completed and signed Direct Secure Messaging Participation Agreement & User Listing Form to Iowa e-Health by December 31, 2012. Read More »

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Education
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Life and Fire Safety Conference: Registration open

Registration for IHCA ICAL’s annual Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference is now open. But your help is needed! Our presenters have asked for our members' input with questions and areas of interest you would like addressed at the conference. Please submit your question to Dave TomlinRead More »

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Check out first-of-the-year education offerings

Get your facility's new year off to a great start with our upcoming educations that offer something for everyone! Topics include reducing rehospitalizations, employment issues and Medicaid reimbursement. Read More »
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Key dates on IHCA ICAL 2013 education calendar

See the 2013 IHCA ICAL education calendar so you can save the date and plan ahead for upcoming events! Read More »
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National News
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Iowa's NH costs among the country's lowest

According to MetLife’s 2012 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs, Iowa's nursing home rates among the very lowest in the nation. Learn more about how Iowa's long term care providers compare. 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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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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Quality Initiative
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Resources to aid in your quality quest

Make the most of AHCA/NCAL's member resources on your Quality Initiative journey! Read More »
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Strengthen your facility's quality mission!

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium provides practical, real-world ideas and solutions for facilities focused on examining and improving their organization's processes related to quality improvement. Register nowRead More »
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Resources
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Brochure on financial exploitation warning signs

Financial exploitation targeting older adults is a major problem that is growing across the nation, including in Iowa. Check out these resources for educating residents, families and staff. Read More »
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Bookstore undergoing transition to improve services

AHCA/NCAL is preparing to launch an updated version of its online bookstore in January. Read More »
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Happy Holidays to All!

IHCA ICAL will close for the Christmas and New Year's holiday. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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CNAs and Direct Caregivers - The First Link in Preventing Hospitalizations, January 17, 2:00 p.m., webinar
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Professional Nursing Seminar, January 22, West Des Moines
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Professional Nursing Seminar, January 24, Coralville
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Legal Aspects of Management for Department Heads and Supervisors, January 29, West Des Moines
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NW District Education, February 5, Storm Lake
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Changes, February 6, West Des Moines
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NE District Education, February 7, Waterloo
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SE District Education, February 12, West Liberty
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SW District Education, February 14, Atlantic
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Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference 2013, February 18-19, Carroll
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Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference 2013, February 20-21, Coralville
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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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