IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 1, 2013
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State News
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Funnel deadline this week; tax & budget work underway
(All)

Thank you to all the IHCA ICAL members who visited the Capitol last week and who attended the Legislative Reception. Yours are the voices that lawmakers want to hear! Read More »

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CMP grants available for nursing facilities
(NF)

The State of Iowa will be awarding Civil Money Penalty grants. Grant applications are available to stakeholders such as nursing facilities, consumer groups, professional associations, ombudsmen, and quality improvement organizations. Read More »
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Payment
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Sequester cuts hit home care and hospice services
(HH, H)

Home care and hospice services are included in the April 1 Medicare reimbursement rate reductions under the automatic federal "sequester" spending cuts. Read More »

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Survey
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CMS public reporting of survey deficiencies
(NF)

CMS letter highlighting changes to public reporting of survey findings/statements of deficiencies on the web. Read More »
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CMS guidance and tool for CMPs
(NF)

AHCA obtained the CMS Administrative Info memo (13-21-NH), accompanying analytic tool calculator and instructions that instruct Regional Offices to apply this guidance and tool for calculating CMPs when it is determined that they should be imposed. Read More »

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Life safety surveys and revisits
(NF)

Visits from State Fire Marshal's office inspectors will be on the increase.
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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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Workforce
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Complete 2012 NF staffing survey
(NF)

IHCA nursing facility members are asked to participate in AHCA's annual nationwide nursing facility survey to examine retention, turnover, and vacancy rates for NF 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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ICAL member participation needed in NCAL staffing survey
(AL, RCF)

Iowa's voice can't be heard without you! All assisted living and residential care facility members are asked 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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Nursing
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BON clarifies nurse continuing education credit requirements
(All)

The Iowa Board of Nursing is offering clarification related to recent questions raised by nurse licensees related to continuing education credits. Read More »

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Association News
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Director of Workforce Development

IHCA ICAL is now accepting applications for the new position of Director of Workforce Development. Read More »
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AHCA election candidates sought

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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Get involved with NCAL at national level

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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National News
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Senate Finance discusses role of home health in reducing costs
(HH)

The Senate Finance Committee recently convened a hearing on ways to reform Medicare and Medicaid’s delivery system, and the role of home care was a prominent topic. 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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Awards and Scholarships
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Recognize your organization's best with a national award nomination
(All)

Each year, AHCA/NCAL honors individuals making changes in peoples' lives though volunteer work or exceptional dedication to their duties. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year, ID/DD Hero of the Year and NFP Program of the Year awards. Read More »

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NCAL awards recognize AL/RCF programs and people
(AL, RCF)

Nominations for the NCAL 2013 Awards Program are due by May 17. Read More »

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Scholarships for employees
(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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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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Care Planning for the Activity Professional, June 12, West Des Moines
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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
Survey
Workforce
Nursing
Association News
National News
Awards and Scholarships
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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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