IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 8, 2013
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State News
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Success at the State House!
(All)

Our members can celebrate the signing of two IHCA ICAL priority bills into law. The hard work of our members, lobbyists and staff pay off with Governor Branstad's signature on two pieces of legislation. Read More »

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Funnel week passes and funding takes priority
(All)

With the passing of two IHCA ICAL priority bills last Friday, focus now moves to SNF rebase, HCBS waiver and home health funding. Read More »

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Ombudsman offers list serve and communications to providers
(NF, AL, RCF)

The Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman has introduced a new communication tool and list serve. Be sure you and your staff are signed up! Read More »

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Regulatory
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RAC program being replaced
(NF)

The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman's Office is in the process of implementing a new program called the Volunteer Ombudsman Program (VOP) to replace its volunteer Resident Advocate Committees (RAC) network. Nursing facility providers are asked to communicate with the State Ombudsman to help facilitate the program transition. Read More »

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TB screening revision effective March 26
(NF, RCF)

The new Tuberculosis (TB) Screening, rules with the revised volunteer requirements went into effect March 26, 2013. The changes clarified who are exempt from screening requirements. Read More »

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Supply and service compliance evaluation letters
(All)

If your organization has received a Corporate Scheduling Announcement (CSAL) letter, please inform IHCA ICAL. Read More »
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Payment
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Home Health PPS claims data reporting
(HH)

CMS announces new data reporting requirements for Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) claims. Read More »
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Be prepared for the new ordering/referring edits
(HH, H)

Changes are coming May 1 for home health services in ordering/referring edits. Don't put your Medicare payment in jeopardy. Read More »

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Medicare Advantage plan rates clarification
(NF, HH)

AHCA and NAHC provide members with information on the effect of sequester cuts on Medicare Advantage plans and the Medicare Advantage growth rate percentage. Read More »

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Fact sheet on Jimmo v. Selebius settlement agreement
(NF, HH)

CMS issues fact sheet on Jimmo v. Selebius settlement agreement related to Medicare claims. Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety
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Life safety survey revisits reinstated
(NF)

State Fire Marshal reinstates life safety survey revisits beginning April 1. Read More »

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Workforce
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Are you in compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act?
(NF, RCF, HH)

Review these DOL fact sheets to make sure your organization is in compliance with federal workplace requirements. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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Town hall on HIT and HIE in LTPAC
(NF, HH)

The National Health Collaborative is hosting a town hall conference call on Wednesday on accelerating health information exchange (HIE) in long term and post-acute care (LTPAC) settings. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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Let AHCA/NCAL resources support your quality efforts!

Be sure to tap into Quality Initiative resources available to you as an AHCA NCAL member! Read More »

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Association News
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Education options expand with new partnership
(All)

IHCA ICAL announces a new partnership with CE Solutions, a division of VGM Education in Waterloo, Iowa. This partnership will open up a variety of educational options for all of our member organizations! Read More »

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Foundation health care employee 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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National News
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AHCA/NCAL this week

Here's your update on the latest in national long term care news from AHCA/NCAL including Capitol Connections and NCAL ConnectionsRead More »

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Education Calendar
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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 Registration Closed
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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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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 16, West Des Moines
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SE District Education, May 21, West Liberty
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Medicare Review, May 22, West Des Moines
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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
Regulatory
Payment
Life and Fire Safety
Workforce
Health Information Technology
Quality Initiative
Association News
National News
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