IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 11, 2013
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Payment and Regulatory
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Sequestration impact on Medicare FFS programs
(NF, HH, H)

A recent explanation from CMS embodies decisions made by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but unfortunately does not offer the clarity home health and hospice providers need. Read More »

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Letters issued on HCBS provider quality management self-assessment
(HCBS)

All providers enrolled in HCBS Waiver or Habilitation services were required to submit a completed and acceptable annual self-assessment by February 1, 2013. If you have not yet completed the self-assessment please do so and submit it to the IME immediately. Read More »
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Hospice Quality Reporting Program requirements
(H)

As part of the HQRP requirements, hospice providers should currently be engaging in two activities: data submission activities for the Payment Year 2014 cycle and data collection activities for the Payment Year 2015 cycle. Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety
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Life safety citations on "work in progress"
(NF)

AHCA Life and Fire Safety Consultant Tom Jaeger received clarification from CMS on the "work in progress" question raised at Life and Fire Safety Conference last month. 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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ACO webinar series: Preparing for accountable payment
(All)

An upcoming AHCA webinar will include information for providers on national ACO market trends as well as tools and tactics for developing an accountable care strategy.
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Quality Initiative
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Patient safety strategies and resources
(All)

A recent AHRQ report provides strategies, tools and resources for improving patient safety and quality. Read More »

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Clinical
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Protect residents from deadly CRE bacteria
(NF)

The Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) germs cause lethal infections in patients receiving inpatient medical care, such as in hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, and nursing homes. Learn more about prevention and control practices for your facility. Read More »

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State News
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IHCA ICAL priorities pass first funnel deadline
(All)

IHCA ICAL lobbyists review the list of bills that failed to pass the first funnel and addresses what is next in the legislative session. Read More »

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National News
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Calling all artists: Tenant art needed for online exhibit
(AL, RCF)

Showcase your AL or RCF tenants' art and craft work on NCAL’s website by submitting digital photographs of their finished work to NCAL for the second Art for the Ages online album. The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2013. 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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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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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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2013 NURSE Corps scholarship program applications
(All)

The 2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Central time. 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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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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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 and Regulatory
Life and Fire Safety
Affordable Care Act
Quality Initiative
Clinical
State News
National News
Workforce
Association News
Awards and Scholarships
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