IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 18, 2013
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State News
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IHCA ICAL priorities continue to advance
(All)

Bills related to criminal background check process for employees and an independent IDR process pass the Iowa Senate and continue to move forward. Read More »

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National News
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Latham introduces observation stay legislation
(NF)

Last week, Iowa's U.S. Representative Tom Latham (R-IA), Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced important legislation, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, that would impact patients affected by observation stays. Read More »

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Help NCAL set national benchmark on staffing
(AL, RCF)

We want Iowa's voice to be heard, so are asking our assisted living and residential care facility members to participate in NCAL's fourth annual Vacancy, Retention, and Turnover Survey (VRT). This is an important data-gathering effort at both the national and state levels. Please participate! 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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Payment and Regulatory
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Reporting due date for NF/SNFs
(NF)

Pending changes to the Iowa Administrative Code requirements dealing with cost reporting for Nursing Facilities (NFs) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), will align due dates for Medicare cost reports. Read More »
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Implementation of Atypical Conversion
(HCBS)

A recent IME letter addresses how the Atypical Conversion will be implemented for HCBS providers. Read More »
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Therapy cap reviews for home health and hospice
(HH, H)

CGS has announced its process for prepayment medical review of 2013 therapy caps for home health and hospice. Read More »

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New PEPPER arrives in April for hospice
(H)

Hospices will receive the second release of the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) in April 2013. Hospices can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. Read More »
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CNA curriculum changes
(All)

IHCA ICAL has receiving information regarding two changes to the CNA curriculum recently approved by DIA. Expect these to be of interest to surveyors. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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ACO webinar series kicks off on Wednesday
(All)

Preparing Post-Acute Providers for Accountable Payment, is a webinar being offered by AHCA on Wednesday. Register in advance! Read More »

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HIPAA
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HIPAA Privacy Reference Manual
(All)

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services issued significant changes to existing HIPAA privacy regulations that will require substantial changes for long term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. AHCA/NCAL's new HIPAA manual covers everything providers need to know to make sure they are compliant with these new rules. Compliance is required no later than September 23, 2013. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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NCAL Quality Initiative goal 3: Increase customer satisfaction
(AL)

Research shows that assisted livings with the highest customer satisfaction ratings also perform well in other operational areas including census, staff stability/retention, and survey results. See the AHCA/NCAL resources for helping members meet the Quality Initiative goal for increasing customer satisfaction. Read More »

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Deadline approaching for hospice pain measure submission
(H)

The deadline for submission of the National Quality Forum (NQF)-approved Pain Measure (#0209) as part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) is just around the corner – April 1.  Failure to submit the Pain Measure (and the Structural Measure, which was to be submitted by Jan. 31) will result in a 2 percentage point reduction to your Fiscal Year 2014 market basket update (starting Oct. 1, 2013). Read More »
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Tops in Survey

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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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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Nurses named recipients of RN Gero scholarships
(All)

Congratulations to the eight nurses who have been named recipients of the IHCA Foundation scholarships for a RN Test Prep Program for Certification in Gerontological Nursing being offered online by AHCA/NCAL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Read More »
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National Nursing Home Week
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NNHW planning resources and products
(NF)

The 2013 National Nursing Home Week (NNHW), Team Care: Everyone Pitches In!, will be celebrated May 12-18, 2013, in nursing facilities across the nation. Check out the online resources and products available to AHCA member facilities. Read More »

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Awards and Scholarships
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AHCA/NCAL award program open for nominations
(All)

Each year, AHCA/NCAL strive to honor those individuals who are making changes in the lives of others though volunteer work or exceptional dedication to their duties. Materials will also be available soon for the Not for Profit Program of the Year Award 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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Webinar on nurse scholarship program
(All)

The 2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. The program is holding a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, March 20 at 7-9 p.m. 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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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-May 2, West Des Moines
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NW District Education, May 7, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, May 9, Waterloo
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Home Health Agency Conference, May 15, West Des Moines
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SE District Education, May 21, West Liberty
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SW District Education, May 23, Atlantic
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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
National News
Payment and Regulatory
Affordable Care Act
HIPAA
Quality Initiative
Association News
National Nursing Home Week
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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