IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 18, 2013
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Payment
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Federal e-payment system takes effect March 1
(AL, RCF, HH)

On March 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will require beneficiaries to receive Social Security and other federal benefit payments electronically. See the Go Direct resources for educating seniors and the public about this coming change. Read More »
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HUD issues revised 'temporary' rent exception guidelines for people with disabilities
(SH - senior housing)

Public Housing Agencies will again be allowed to approve exception rents for units leased by people with disabilities in the Housing Choice Voucher program. Read More »
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Hospice monthly billing requirement
(H)

Change Request (CR) 8142 is effective for claims with dates of service on or after July 1, 2013. Read More »
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2013 edition of ICD-9-CM now available
(NH)

The 2013 edition of the ICD-9-CM manual contains significant revisions and updates. Be sure your facility has the most up-to-date coding requirements. Read More »
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Regulatory and Compliance
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Clarification on food service form
(NF, AL, RCF)

Inspectors are requesting that certain programs have this signed form on file for employees who serve food under the food establishment license or restaurant license. Read More »

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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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Check the updated LEIE database!
(NF, AL)

Iowa Medicaid 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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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to our IHCA ICAL members who have received a 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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Many bills of interest moving through the Legislature
(All)

IHCA ICAL staff and lobbyists monitored a variety of policy bills and met with numerous legislators on Capitol Hill last week. Read More »

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Iowa Centenarian Registry looking for new members
(All)

Iowa Department on Aging is conducting its 2013 search for Iowans who will be celebrating their 100th (or older) to be added to the Iowa Centenarian Registry. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Hospital readmission tool added to Trend Tracker
(NF)

LTC Trend Tracker now measures SNF 30-day hospital readmissions. If your nursing facility is not yet using LTC Trend Tracker, the free data management tool from AHCA, it is highly recommended that you start now! Learn more... Read More »

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Home health care quality webinars
(HH)

Webinar series will focus on using the Model for Improvement to improve care delivered by home health care agencies. Read More »

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Workforce
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Every Caregiver has a Story submissions due Friday
(All)

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

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ICAL members asked to complete NCAL annual workforce survey
(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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Electronic Health
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Home care technologies
(AL, SH, HH)

Blog offers resources for home care technology. Read More »

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Nursing
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Teleconference call for AL nurses on Tuesday
(AL)

National AL nurse teleconference on Tuesday, February 19, to discuss safely reducing off-label use of antipsychotics. Read More »

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National News
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AHCA to be represented on LTC commission
(NF)

AHCA Board of Governors' Chairman has been selected to serve on the newly-created Commission on Long Term Care. Read More »

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Settlement will impact on Medicare "Improvement Standard"
(NF, HH)

A recent court settlement agreement indicates that Medicare coverage is available for skilled services to maintain an individual's condition and is not dependent on whether the Medicare beneficiary will "improve." Learn more about what this means to nursing facilities... Read More »

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NCAL 2013 Awards Program nomination materials
(AL, RCF)

Nominations are now being accepted for the NCAL 2013 Awards Program. 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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Scholarships
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Foundation 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. Read More »

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RN Test Prep Program scholarship deadline March 1
(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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Nurse loan repayment program
(All)

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program 2013 application cycle is now open. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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Life Safety/Fire Safety Conference 2013, February 20, Coralville See schedule change: click here
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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
Payment
Regulatory and Compliance
State News
Quality Initiative
Workforce
Electronic Health
Nursing
National News
Scholarships
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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