IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 25, 2013
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State News
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Near session mid-point and first policy legislation deadline
(All)

As the funnel deadline approaches, IHCA ICAL staff and lobbyists are following the progress of policy, funding and property tax legislation on Capitol Hill. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Updated OASIS training for surveyors and providers
(HH)

CMS has updated the home health OASIS web-based training modules available online for surveyors and providers. Read More »

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Corporate compliance requirement effective March 23
(NF)

SNF/NF providers are encouraged to meet the statutory deadline (March 23, 2013) for designing and implementing a compliance program whether or not CMS has released a final rule. AHCA has more information and resources available for members. Read More »

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New data reporting on location of service
(HH)

Change in codes for indicating location of service for home health providers, effective July 1. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL submits comments on disposal of drugs
(NF)

AHCA/NCAL submitted comments to DEA that outline members' concerns with the disposal of controlled substances proposed rule. Read More »

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Payment
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HCBS Medicaid waiver: Personal Emergency Response System
(AL, RCF, HH)

ICAL has received clarification from IME on systems included in the Personal Emergency Response System (PERs) HCBS waiver service. Read More »
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AHCA applauds effort to repeal therapy caps
(NF, HH)

AHCA/NCAL publicly praised bipartisan legislation that would permanently repeal caps on therapies seniors receive through skilled nursing centers and home health and rehab agencies. Read More »
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March 1 federal e-payment deadline
(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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ICD-10 provider readiness
(All)

IME is conducting this second in a series of ICD-10 tracking surveys to determine if organizations are impacted by the change to the ICD-10 code sets and to gauge the progress toward readiness for implementation. Read More »
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Life and Fire Safety
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AHCA offers guidance on upcoming NH sprinklering deadline
(NF)

As the August 13 deadline for fully sprinklered nursing facilities approaches, AHCA's life safety consultant offers members a document with guidance and clarifications. Read More »

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Dementia Care
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Recommendations for new approach for dementia care
(All)

Care providers of seniors with dementia are encouraged to use the report, Dementia Care: The Quality Chasm, to learn more about person-centered approaches to dementia care. Read More »

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Link to CMS dementia care partnership call
(NF)

The link for the recording and transcript is now available for the CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes provider call. Read More »

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Marketing
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Hospitality for Boomers
(NF, AL, RCF, SH)

A new resource from the AHCA Bookstore shares a unique service perspective and is full of hospitality tips. Read More »

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Scholarships
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Friday deadline for RN Test Prep Program 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 Friday, March 1. Read More »

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IHCA Foundation Health Care 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. Read More »

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National News
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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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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 and NCAL annual reports
(NF, AL, RCF)

Get a good look at the efforts AHCA and NCAL contribute to the success of their membership nationwide. Read More »

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AHCA this week

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

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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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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Single Facility Conference, March 8, 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
State News
Regulatory
Payment
Life and Fire Safety
Dementia Care
Marketing
Scholarships
National News
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care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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