IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 16, 2013
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State News
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Senate begins work on HHS budget
(All)

The Senate started work last week on the HHS Appropriations bill. We are working with legislators on SNF rebase, HCBS increase for assisted living, and the home health provider rate increase. Read More »

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Association News
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New member benefit expands staff education options
(All)

We invite and encourage our members to take advantage of this great new member benefit exclusively for IHCA ICAL members. You will be receiving more information from CE Solutions via mail and email soon. Read More »

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National News
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CMS announces sequestration adjustments
(NF, HH)

A recent CMS memo addresses adjustments for Survey and Certification as a result of the sequestration adjustments. Read More »

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2013 Cost of Care survey results released
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See how Iowa's nursing facility, assisted living and home health rates compare to those in other states. Read More »

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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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Regulatory
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Shortages affecting new state TB testing requirement
(NF, RCF)

CDC has issued an alert regarding the temporary shortage of TB testing products. Nursing facilities and residential care facilities will want to review IDPH information provided on how this affects the state's new staff and volunteer TB testing requirements. Read More »

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CMS: Permitted physician extender tasks
(NF)

CMS provides clarification of federal guidance regarding Section 3108 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), related to physician delegation of certain tasks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing facilities (NFs) to Non-Physician Practitioners (NPPs). Read More »

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OASIS certificate workshop; discount for our members
(HH)

IHCA ICAL home health members can receive a discount on registration at an upcoming OASIS training and certification course. Read More »

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Payment
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Medicare enrollment fact sheet revised
(NF, HH, H)

CMS issues revised Medicare enrollment fact sheet for providers.
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HCBS Medicaid waiver: Clarification on PERs in AL/RCF
(AL, RCF)

IHCA ICAL has received additional clarification from IME regarding systems included in the Personal Emergency Response System (PERs) HCBS waiver service in residential settings. Read More »
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More ICD-10 transition training information
(All)

CMS continues to offer training for ICD-10 transition. Don't be left behind on this important topic. Read More »

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Hospice payment issues discussed
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NAHC recently offered two articles related to payment issues for hospice services. Read More »
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Annual Medicaid Provider Training
(NF, H)

IME's 2013 Annual Provider Training for all Iowa Medicaid providers is being offered in 16 different communities throughout the state beginning in May and running through August. Registration is required. Read More »

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Survey and Quality
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Hospice: Top 10 deficiencies
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CMS consultant reviews top 10 hospice deficiencies for 2012.
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Home health quality improvement resources
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Check out the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign educational resources that offer practical applications of quality improvement strategies. Read More »
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CMS warns of Luer misconnections
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CMS issues letter warning of Luer misconnection adverse events. Read More »

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Activities
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NNHW: Introducing Advocacy Day 2013
(NF)

National Nursing Home Week is a perfect time to reach out to your facility's family and friends to sign up to join the AHCA/NCAL advocacy network! Start planning your Advocacy Day activities using these great resources now! Read More »

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NALW logo available
(AL, RCF)

The logo for NCAL's 2013 National Assisted Living Week theme, Homemade Happiness, is now available for download at www.nalw.org. Please share with your Activities staff! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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
Association News
National News
Regulatory
Payment
Survey and Quality
Activities
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