IHCA Bulletin January 7, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Regulatory and Payment
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DIA issues memo on TB testing changes

IHCA has been participating in discussions regarding the new TB testing rules slated to take effect on January 16. As a result of concerns over the inclusion of volunteers in the testing requirements, DIA has issued the following advisory to providers. Read More »

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ICD-10 transition preparation must continue

Although the ICD-10 deadline has been delayed until October 1, 2014, it is important to continue planning for the transition to ICD-10. CMS and IME are offering helpful resources for providers.
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Quality Initiative
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Attention all National Quality Award applicants!

IHCA ICAL and AHCA NCAL are ready with knowledge and resources that can help our members have a successful National Quality Award outcome! All members applying for a National Quality Award are asked to contact Mary Jane Venteicher to add your facility to the list of Iowa applicants. Read More »

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Hospice quality reporting

Hospice program quality reporting requirements have been established by CMS as required by Section 3004 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Check out the CMS information and training resources for hospice providers. Read More »

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New Quality Initiative toolkits available

Two new toolkits to help with the antipsychotic drug reduction and staff retention goals are now available on the AHCA website. Read More »

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Tops in Survey

Congratulations to our IHCA members who has received a deficiency-free survey. Read More »
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Education
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Webinar: Caregivers' role in reducing re-hospitalization

Our January 17 webinar, CNAs and Direct Caregivers: The First Link in Preventing Hospitalizations, will orientate and educate your direct care staff on the Quality Initiative goal of reducing re-hospitalization rates and their role in helping to achieve it! Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety Conference: Register now

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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Management issues for facility leadership

Every year brings a new wave of legal information for employers and supervisors. Get your update with our Legal Aspects of Management for Department Heads and Supervisors, on January 29 in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Nurse program to focus on Quality Initiative goals

The Quality Initiative goals are the focus at the Professional Nursing Seminar being held in two locations in January. All nurses need to be up to speed on these issues. Read More »
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February Districts registration open

February Districts will feature education on care transition communication and using technology for activities and social services. Read More »

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HCBS Elderly Waiver changes for AL providers

Assisted living programs that participate in the HCBS Elderly Waiver program need to be up to date with the program changes that take effect March 1. Our upcoming education will fit the bill! Read More »

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Clinical
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Norovirus outbreaks reported in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health has reports of recent Norovirus outbreaks in Iowa. These outbreaks have occurred among employees and residents of long term care facilities. Read More »

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Oral health care for aging Iowans

With oral health care for seniors being a focus in IHCA ICAL's quality care efforts, members are encouraged to make the most of these educational resources offered by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation
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IPOST toolkit available via web

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has made available an IPOST toolkit that includes links to a how-to resource, order form, informational webcast and webcast for healthcare providers. Read More »
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Workforce
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Discount for Gero Nurse Prep program ends Jan. 11

Now through January 11, when you register three registered nurses (RNs) for the Gero Nurse Prep program, you can add one RN for free! More than 600 participants are already enjoying the benefits of this outstanding program. Isn't it time that your facility's RNs did, too? Read More »
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Activities
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2013 Health Care Events calendar

AHCA has posted the 2013 Health Care Events calendar. This resource offers a month-by-month list of observances that IHCA ICAL members' activity directors can use when planning activities and recognitions for the whole year. Read More »
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Association News
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Bylaw changes affect all members

In 2012, IHCA and ICAL have completed a review and update to the Association’s strategic plan. The bylaw changes take effect beginning January 1. Read More »

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Update your 2013 calendar with IHCA ICAL educations

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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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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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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DON and Nurse Manager Leadership Program, March 12-14, 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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