IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 25, 2013
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State News
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IHCA ICAL priorities advance; budget work underway
(All)

Our priority bills move forward in the State Legislature, while the next funnel week approaches, April 5. Read More »

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Payment
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CMS guidance on therapy claims review
(NF, HH)

CMS has provided the final guidance on Manual Medical Review (MMR) for therapy claims above $3,700. Read More »

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IME addresses hospice billing questions
(NF, H)

Information for hospice and nursing facility providers on hospice billing questions. Read More »

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Webinar and new info letter on Atypical Conversion
(HCBS)

The latest IME letter on the Atypical Conversion addresses documentation, billing and training for HCBS providers. Plus the PowerPoint presentation for the March 27 webinar being presented by IME. Read More »

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AHCA comments on VA proposed rule on provider agreements
(NF, HH, H)

The VA has worked closely with AHCA on a proposed rule to allow the VA to use Medicare or State procedures to enter into provider agreements to obtain extended care services from non-VA providers.  Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL comments on IRS proposed rule
(All)

AHCA/NCAL submitted formal comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in response to its proposed rule, Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health CoverageRead More »
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Regulatory
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Final rule: Notice of Facility Closure
(NF)

AHCA provides important insight into the recently published final rule, Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities; Notice of Facility ClosureRead More »

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New Employment Eligibility Form I-9 mandatory in May
(All)

The newly revised Form I-9 contains several improvements designed to minimize errors in form completion and is mandatory for all employers beginning May 7, 2013. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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AL survey report available for members
(AL)

The most recent Assisted Living Life Safety Survey Results summary from March 2013 is now available for members on our website. Read More »
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National News
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MedPAC releases annual report to Congress
(NF, HH, H)

A recently released MedPAC report addresses recommendations for many of the Medicare services, including home health, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, physician, and hospital services. Here is a summary of the report. Read More »

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NF members need to complete 2012 staffing survey
(NF)

AHCA is conducting its annual nationwide nursing facility survey to examine retention, turnover, and vacancy rates for nursing facility employees. Nursing facilities’ response to this survey is essential for AHCA and other stakeholders to provide information to assist our profession in improving and demonstrating the quality of care. 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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Association News
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Home health agency conference scheduled for May
(HH)

Registration is now open for the IHCA ICAL Home Health Agency Conference on May 15, 2013, in West Des Moines. Read More »
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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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AHCA elections and solicitation for candidates

The 2013-2014 election cycle has officially opened for AHCA members in good standing interested in running for the AHCA Board of Governors. IHCA members interested in running for an AHCA Board position are asked to contact IHCA Executive Director Steve Ackerson. Read More »
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Solicitation for 2014 NCAL board candidates

The 2013-2014 election cycle has officially opened for NCAL members in good standing interested in running for the NCAL Board of Directors. ICAL members interested in running for a NCAL Board position are asked to contact ICAL Director Cindy Baddeloo. 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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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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Health Care Assistants 2013 Convention, June 19, Altoona
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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
Payment
Regulatory
Quality Initiative
National News
Association News
Awards and Scholarships
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