IHCA Bulletin January 14, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long tearm care
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Regulatory and Payment
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TB testing rule changes effective date delayed
(NF, RCF)

The TB testing rules effective date has been delayed until March 26 by the Legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee to provide an opportunity to work through the definition of "volunteer". Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!
(All)

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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Webinar on Elderly Waiver AL On-Call Service
(AL)

The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) is hosting a webinar for the new Elderly Waiver Assisted Living On-Call Service next week. Submit your questions and register in advance.
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Quality Initiative
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Attention all National Quality Award applicants!
(NF, AL, RCF)

We are here with knowledge and resources to 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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Quality Symposium registration deadline extended!
(All)

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium, February 11-13 in San Antonio, TX, offers a unique setting that gives administrators, corporate staff, directors of nursing, and quality managers a focused perspective on resident care and improving operational issues. Read More »

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New from CMS
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CMS home health and hospice open door forum
(HH, H)

The CMS Home Health & Hospice open door forum held on January 9 is available online for those who missed it or would like to hear it again. Read More »
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Home health claims selected for review
(HH)

Home Health agencies may want to review any claims with dates of service submitted from October 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 based on recent CMS announcement.
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MLN issues fact sheet revisions
(NF, HH)

The Medicare Learning Network fact sheets related to telehealth services and Medicare vision services have been updated. Read More »

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CMS/Telligen provider calls on improving dementia care
(NF)

Upcoming CMS and Telligen provider calls will discuss the new CMS partnership and efforts to improve the quality of dementia care in nursing homes. Read More »

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State News
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New from IME
(NF, AL, RCF, HH)

The following Informational Letters were issued recently by the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. Read More »
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Governor's Award for Quality Care accepting nominations
(NF)

DIA has announced it is accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. Read More »
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Advocacy
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Get your box of advocacy!
(All)

Everyone around us is a potential advocate; they just need the tools to take action! Let AHCA/NCAL get you started with their Advocacy Center in a BoxRead More »
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National News
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AHCA opposes charitable donations cap
(All)

AHCA/NCAL will continue to voice its opposition to Congress in an effort to protect income tax deductions for charitable contributions made to not-for-profit organizations. Read More »
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Nursing and rehab center accreditation and certification
(NF)

The Joint Commission has announced a new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program with the option for a Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification. Read More »
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Spring Conference with NCAL fits the bill!
(AL, RCF)

NCAL Spring Conference will bring your AL program up to date on customer satisfaction, hospital readmissions, dementia care, accountable care organizations, rising acuity and much more! All in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL. Read More »

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AHCA this week
(NF)

Here's your update on the latest in national long term care news from AHCA/NCAL including Capitol ConnectionsRead More »

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Team Care theme gets NNHW planning started
(NF)

AHCA has announced the 2013 National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) theme: Team Care. NNHW beginnings Mother's Day, May 12 and continues through May 18, 2013. Read More »
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Education
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LTC nursing experts featured at Professional Nursing Seminar
(NF, AL, RCF)

Iowa's experts in the field of LTC nursing will share their knowledge at the Professional Nursing Seminar being held in two locations next week. All nurses should get up to speed on these important issues! Read More »

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This week: Webinar on caregivers' role in reducing re-hospitalization
(NF, AL)

Our Thursday, 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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Popular Life and Fire Safety Conference next month
(NF, AL, RCF)

Our popular annual Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference will feature updates on state and federal fire and life safety issues and regulations. This is a must-attend for administrators and environmental personnel. Read More »

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The legal aspects of facility management
(NF, AL, RCF)

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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Great topics at February Districts
(NF, AL, RCF)

February District Meetings and Education offers sessions on care transition communication and using technology in activities and social services.  Read More »

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HCBS Elderly Waiver changes for AL providers
(AL)

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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Association News
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Discounted hotel rates for members
(All)

IHCA ICAL members have access to special sleeping room rates at area West Des Moines hotels. See the list of participating hotels.
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Bylaw changes affect all members
(All)

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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Watch for upcoming newsletter changes
(All)

IHCA ICAL is in the process of combining its newsletters in an effort to provide all information that all of our provider members need. 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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, March 6, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, March 7, West Des Moines
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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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In This Issue
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Initiative
New from CMS
State News
Advocacy
National News
Education
Association News
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