IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 28, 2013
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Affordable Care Act
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Delay on ACA employer communication requirement
(All)

DoL is expected to delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer communication requirement originally set for March 1, 2013. Be sure to participate in AHCA's 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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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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HIPAA
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HHS releases final privacy/security rules
(All)

The HHS has released the long-awaited omnibus final rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read More »

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State News
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Work on policy issues and budget begins
(All)

House and Senate Human Resources Committees are well underway, and the Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee met for the first time this week. Elder abuse, Medicaid expansion, nursing facility rebase and HCBS waiver funding were among the topics of discussion. Read More »

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Governor's Award for Quality Care accepting nominations
(NF)

DIA is accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. Read More »
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Provider survey on staff flu vaccination
(NF, AL)

Our member NFs and ALs are asked to complete a survey on staff influenza vaccination. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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NF Medicaid dental care for residents
(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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Update RAI/MDS manual now available
(NF)

The latest edition of the CMS Long-Term Resident Assessment Instrument: User's Manual for MDS 3.0 (November 2012) includes the latest updates from CMS since April 2012. Get a binder or e-version from www.ahcapublications.org.
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New from CMS
(NF)

CMS announces the expiration of the LTCH moratorium. Read More »

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Education
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Districts begin next week. Are you registered?
(All)

There's education for all department heads at the February District Meetings and Education. Take advantage of this close-to-home education opportunity! Read More »

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Second session for AL HCBS Elderly Waiver changes
(AL)

If you got shut out of the February 6 HCBS Elderly Waiver changes class, don't despair! Just register for the new session being held February 13 in West Des Moines. Get yourself up to date on changes in the HCBS Elderly Waiver program that take effect March 1. Read More »

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Annual update at Life and Fire Safety Conference
(NF, AL, RCF)

State and federal experts in Life and Fire Safety will be covering all the latest issues and regulations at the Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference being held in two locations in February. Environmental staff and administrators will want to attend! Read More »

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MDS training is key to reimbursement success
(NF)

IHCA's comprehensive two-day MDS 3.0 training program - MDS 101 and MDS 201 - introduces MDS 3.0 to new (or fairly new) MDS coordinators, nurses, social services and administrators. Good training means more accurate reimbursement! Check out MDS 101: Basic MDS 3.0 Training and MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training being offered in March. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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CMS provider call on improving dementia care
(NF)

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

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AL quality improvement efforts take off!
(AL)

Get your assisted living's quality improvement efforts off the ground with these resources from NCAL! Plus, see how Iowa's results compare in the AL Performance Measure Survey. Read More »

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Let our staff assist with Bronze Award application
(NF, AL, RCF)

With the Bronze Award application deadline approaching this week, let AHCA/NCAL and IHCA ICAL staff help you along the way! Read More »

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Year of the Caregiver
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Announcing IHCA ICAL's Every Caregiver has a Story program
(All)

All member organizations are invited to participate in our Every Caregiver has a Story program. Nominations are due by February 22. Read More »

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Scholarships
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Scholarships for RN Gerontological Certification
(All)

The IHCA Foundation is offering 8 scholarships for a RN Test Prep Program for Certification in Gerontological Nursing being offered through AHCA/NCAL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The deadline for applications is March 1. Read More »

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IHCA Foundation Health Care Education Scholarships
(All)

Applications are now being accepted for the IHCA Foundation's Health Care Scholarships for employees at IHCA and ICAL member organizations who are furthering their education in nursing, physical/occupational therapy or health care administration with the intention of working in the long term care field. Administrators: Please pass this information on to your staff.
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Social Services
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Webinar resources for social workers
(NF)

The University of Iowa, with Bob Connolly, CMS Consultant, have developed a webinar series for social workers that is also beneficial for nurses and other disciplinary team members 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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NCAL conference early bird discount extended to February 1
(AL, RCF)

Don't miss the last chance for early bird registration savings for NCAL’s Spring Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL! Register before February 1, 2013. 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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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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NW District Education, February 5, Storm Lake
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Changes, February 6, West Des Moines (Registration closed - See February 13 class)
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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
HIPAA
State News
Payment and Regulatory
Education
Quality Initiative
Year of the Caregiver
Scholarships
Social Services
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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