IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 4, 2013
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Regulatory and Compliance
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ACA corporate compliance requirement effective in March
(NF)

AHCA strongly encourages SNF/NF providers to strive to meet the statutory deadline (March 23, 2013) for designing and implementing a compliance program whether or not CMS has released a final rule. Please read on for more information and resources. Read More »

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CMS issues guidance on laundry/infection control
(NF)

CMS is clarifying and revising guidance to surveyors on F Tag 441 regarding laundry issues. Read More »

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Proposed rule on disposal of controlled substances
(NF)

AHCA is submitting comments on DEA proposed rule on disposal of controlled substances. Read AHCA's analysis of the proposed rule. Read More »

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OSHA form posting requirement
(All)

OSHA required Form 300A posted by February 1. Read More »

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Is licensing required to play music in your building?
(All)

It just might be. Unfortunately, efforts by AHCA/NCAL and LeadingAge have been unsuccessful in negotiating an agreement similar to our agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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CMS resources for improving dementia care in nursing homes
(NF)

Last week's CMS provider call and the Hand in Hand training resources offer great tools for staff dementia training in nursing facilities. Read More »

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AMDA webinar for doctors on hospital readmissions
(All)

Webinar on avoiding hospitalizations and readmissions, specifically for doctors. Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to our IHCA ICAL members who have received an deficiency-free DIA inspection. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. 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)

Residents, family members, or members of a facility’s resident advocate committee may nominate an Iowa-licensed long-term care facility for the 2013 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. Read More »
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Clinical
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Norovirus training for clinicians and care professionals
(All)

With outbreaks of norovirus occurring in Iowa, health care professionals are encouraged to take advantage of the CDC online training to help prevent further spreading of the outbreaks. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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Webinar on transitioning to electronic records
(All)

Health care providers need to begin the process of implementing electronic health records and transitioning to Direct Secure Messaging. Telligen HITREC is here to help! Plan to participate in their upcoming Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Pilot webinar. Read More »

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Scholarships
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Scholarship application now available
(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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Apply for RN Gerontological Certification scholarship
(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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Year of the Caregiver
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Every Caregiver has a Story submissions being accepted
(All)

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

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Resources
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New fall prevention tool kit from CDC
(All)

A new CDC took kit Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths and Injuries (STEADI) fall prevention program provides all kinds of resources for improving seniors' safety.
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New search tool for home health and hospice agencies
(All)

Check out our new home care and hospice agency locator tool on our Consumers' webpage! Read More »
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New AHCA/NCAL online bookstore launched
(All)

The AHCA/NCAL online store is up and running again! Be sure to check out the updated hub for your LTC resources. Read More »

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National Assisted Living Week
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NALW theme announced
(AL, RCF)

NCAL has announced the theme selected for the 2013 National Assisted Living Week (NALW), that will be celebrated during the week of September 8-14, 2013. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA this week
(All)

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
(All)

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
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Clear sailing for District meetings and education this week
(All)

The forecast looks good for the week, so plan to attend the February IHCA and ICAL District Meetings and Education starting this week. Read More »

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Coming up fast: Annual Life and Fire Safety Conference
(NF, AL, RCF)

Hear first-hand what state and federal experts in Life and Fire Safety have to say on all the latest issues and regulations at the Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference. Register now for one of two locations. Read More »

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Be ready for the AL HCBS Elderly Waiver changes
(AL)

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

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Get reimbursement right with MDS training
(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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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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New HIPAA Compliance Rules and Regulations - What CNAs and Direct Caregivers Need to Know, March 5, webinar
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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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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 15-19, West Des Moines
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AL Regulatory Nurse Class, April 16, 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 Compliance
Quality Initiative
State News
Clinical
Health Information Technology
Scholarships
Year of the Caregiver
Resources
National Assisted Living Week
National News
Education
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