IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 4, 2013
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Payment
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Sequestration update
(All)

IHCA Payment Consultant Jeff Steggerda offers an update on the potential effects of Sequestration on Iowa’s nursing facilities. Read More »
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Therapy cap manual medical review
(NF, HH)

CMS has announced a requirement for manual medical review of therapy claims over the $3,700 threshold. Read More »
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VA proposed rule on provider agreements
(All)

IHCA and VA discuss proposed rule that would streamline the VA agreements and payment rates. Read More »

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Home Health PPS 2013 final rule webinars
(HH)

BKD CPAs and Advisors, an IHCA Associate Member, offers three archived webinars on the 2013 Home Health PPS final rule. Read More »
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Clarification for RCFs on habilitation services
(RCF)

IME clarifies the administrative rules for provider qualifications and the authorization and reimbursement of HCBS Habilitation and ID Waiver Day Habilitation services. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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AHCA compliance and ethics webinar, March 11
(NF)

Is your organization ready for the ACA March 23, 2013 requirement for implementing an effective corporate compliance and ethics program? All facilities that do not yet have a formal corporate compliance plan in place are strongly encouraged to participate in this upcoming AHCA webinar. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Quality Initiative tools to improve staff stability
(All)

NCAL offers some great tools to help with the Quality Initiative goal for Increasing Staff Stability. Check them out! Read More »

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Workforce
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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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Wage and staffing data for Iowa LTC
(NF)

Updated wage and salary data from IHCA payment consultant Jeff Steggerda. Read More »
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State News
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First policy deadline; appropriations work ramps up
(All)

IHCA ICAL staff and lobbyists continue to focus on priority policy bills and responding to other bills as the first policy legislation funnel deadline approaches on March 8. Funding and tax bills are exempt from funnel deadlines. Read More »

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National News
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Magazine article promotes "best nursing homes"
(NF)

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings with a series of articles and video offering advice on how to choose a home, cover the cost, and guarantee a loved one is safe. Read More »

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Study participants will receive free influenza vaccine
(NF)

Long term care researchers are conducting a national study to evaluate the effectiveness of the annual influenza vaccine choice on long term care facility residents’ hospitalization risk. Participating facilities will receive free vaccine for the 2013-14 flu season. 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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Association News
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Training for non-profit boards
(NF)

Our Non-Profit Board Member Training, on April 11, brings together non-profit nursing facility administrators and their facility board members to review the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors. The program is free and pre-registration is required. Read More »

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Awards and Scholarships
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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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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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Education Calendar
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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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Strategies for Reducing Antipsychotic Drug Use in all LTC Settings, April 3, 10 a.m., webinar
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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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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Changes, April 24, 10 a.m., webinar
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MDS 3.0 Certification - ICAC Program, April 30-March 2, 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
Affordable Care Act
Quality Initiative
Workforce
State News
National News
Association News
Awards and 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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