IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 21, 2013
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Affordable Care Act
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ACA corporate compliance deadline in March
(NF)

The deadline for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that nursing facilities have a corporate compliance program in place is March 23, 2013. Providers who haven't already done so, will want to check out these corporate compliance resources. Read More »

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Webinar on employers' ACA responsibilities
(All)

AHCA is hosting the free webinar to help clarify employers' requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Don't miss this important opportunity to learn more about how the ACA affects your business practices. Read More »

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A look at what QAPI will mean to providers
(NF)

John Sheridan, president of eHealth Data Solutions, an ECSI preferred vendor, offers his insight into the QAPI system and what it will mean to IHCA and ICAL member providers. Read More »
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State News
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2013 legislative session underway; Governor releases budget

As 2013 session begins, providers get good news in Governor Branstad's budget recommendations. 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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Regulatory and Payment
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New from IME
(NF, RCF, HH)

The following Informational Letters were issued recently by the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. 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. Be sure to register in advance! Read More »

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Iowa Medicare Part C plans and copays
(All)

The IHCA ICAL Medicare Committee has provided a list of the Iowa Medicare Part C plans and their copays. Read More »
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Webinar: Helping NF Medicaid residents pay for dental care
(NF)

This free AHCA/NCAL webinar will address issues with obtaining and paying for dental care for the Medicaid population. Read More »
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Billing training for home health and hospice
(HH, H)

CGS Administrators has webinars on billing and FISS for home health and hospice providers in Iowa. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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IHCA attends INTERACT training institute
(All)

IHCA representatives attended INTERACT training and will begin offering education for members to help in implementing Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirements in their operations. 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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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to our IHCA members who has received a deficiency-free survey. Read More »
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Education
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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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Last chance for Thursday Professional Nursing Seminar
(All)

There's still time to attend the January 24, Professional Nursing Seminar in Coralville where experts in LTC nursing will share their knowledge on the latest nursing topics. All nurses should get up to speed on these important issues! Read More »

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The legal aspects of management
(All)

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
(All)

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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Second session added: HCBS Elderly Waiver changes for AL
(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 February 6 education has filled up, so we're offering another session on February 13: Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Changes. Read More »

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Association News
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Bylaw changes affect all members, add home health as 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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DD Providers
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DD Congressional Fly-In
(DD)

Developmental disabilities (DD) service providers are invited to attend the fourth annual AHCA/NCAL DD Services Providers Congressional Fly-in event on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Read More »

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Activities
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Calling all artists: Tenant art needed for online exhibit
(AL, RCF)

Showcase your tenants' art and craft work on NCAL’s website by submitting digital photographs of their finished work to NCAL for the second Art for the Ages online album. Read More »
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National News
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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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NCAL this week
(AL, RCF)

Here's your update on the latest in national assisted living, residential care news from NCAL including NCAL ConnectionsRead More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Changes, February 13, West Des Moines
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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
Affordable Care Act
State News
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Initiative
Education
Association News
DD Providers
Activities
National News
Mission Statement
IHCA ICAL is dedicated to promoting quality long term
care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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