IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 11, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Survey
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Review surveyor training to stay on top
(NF)

Three surveyor training programs focus on dementia care and unnecessary antipsychotic medication use are available for providers' to use. Read More »

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Form being required by food service inspectors
(NF, AL, RCF)

DIA Food Service inspectors have been requiring nursing facility, assisted living and residential care facilities to have on file this form signed by food service employees. Read More »

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Payment
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Home health Medicare remittance advice issue
(HH)

CGS offers clarification for home health providers on balancing issues with remittance advices. Read More »

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Update on the Atypical Code Conversion Project
(HCBS, AL, RCF, HH)

IME's Atypical Code Conversion Project is moving forward with a planned implementation date of July 1, 2013. Learn more in the upcoming webinar. Read More »

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Reimbursement update for HCBS
(HCBS, AL, RCF, HH)

ICAL has offered wording to the Legislature to secure annual HCBS reimbursement updates. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL comments on Medicaid cost-sharing proposed rule
(NF, AL, RCF, HH)

AHCA/NCAL comments on CMS proposed rule on potential increases in Medicaid beneficiary cost sharing. Read More »

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Regulatory and Compliance
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Resources for March ACA corporate compliance requirement
(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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AHCA member website resources offer latest on ACA
(All)

Stay on top of Affordable Care Act information and requirements related to health care coverage and employer requirements. Let AHCA's online resources help! Read More »

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HIPAA allows for release of PHI to law enforcement
(All)

Providers can disclose information protected under HIPAA in certain situations. Read More »

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State News
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Activity on health care issues picks up speed at Capitol
(All)

IHCA ICAL staff and lobbyists met with key lawmakers on our budget proposals. Read More »

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Power of Attorney bill language proposed
(All)

Given the increasing financial exploitation of the elderly witnessed by IHCA ICAL members, we worked as part of the task force to recommend a number of Power of Attorney law changes. Read More »
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IPOST update
(All)

IPOST web resources are available and train-the-trainer sessions have been scheduled. Learn more about this important statewide initiative. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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Webinar demonstrates transition to e-records
(All)

Our members are encouraged to participate in the Telligen HITREC upcoming Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Pilot webinar. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Home health care quality webinars
(HH)

Webinar series will focused on using the Model for Improvement to improve care delivered by home health care agencies. Read More »
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Join the effort to benchmark staff vacancy, retention, and turnover
(AL, RCF)

NCAL's fourth annual Vacancy, Retention, and Turnover Survey (VRT) is now open for participants. ICAL members are encouraged to participate in the important data-gathering effort! Read More »

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Health Care Assistants
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New IA-NAHCA Steering Committee members announced
(All)

IHCA ICAL has 157 member facilities now supporting health care assistants with a membership in the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA). Learn more about what IA-NAHCA can do for the health care assistants you employ! Read More »

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All members asked to participate in promoting Iowa's caregivers
(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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Scholarships
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Foundation scholarships' 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. Read More »

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Eight RN Gero Cert scholarships being offered
(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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National News
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Independent Owner Conference early registration ends soon
(NF, AL, RCF)

Early bird registration pricing ends on February 15 for the 2013 AHCA/NCAL Independent Owner (IO) Leadership Conference being held March 13-15 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Read More »
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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 Calendar
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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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CNA and Direct Caregivers Mentorship Program, March 19, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Activity Professionals Education Conference, March 26-27, 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
Survey
Payment
Regulatory and Compliance
State News
Health Information Technology
Quality Initiative
Health Care Assistants
Scholarships
National News
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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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