IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 30, 2013
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State News
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Budget work advances
(All)

It is likely the 2013 legislative session will continue into mid-May as significant work remains on major issues such as commercial property tax reform, education reform and Medicaid/HHS Appropriations. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Transitioning to Volunteer Ombudsman Program
(NF)

The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman's Office is offering a FAQ sheet to assist facilities in transitioning from the RAC structure to the Volunteer Ombudsman Program. Read More »

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Payment
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PECOS edits delayed by CMS
(HH)

CMS announced a delay in the PECOS edits that were to result in denial of home health claims when the ordering/referring physician is not enrolled in PECOS. Read More »
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ICD-10 training and testing
(All)

CMS has offered these memos with information on resources to aid providers in the ICD-10 transition. Read More »
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Hospice payments estimated to increase
(H)

CMS currently anticipates hospice payments to increase, on average, a net of 1.1 percent for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The figure was calculated using the anticipated fiscal year (FY) 2014 hospital market basket update. Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety
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Fire alarm pull stations may have defect
(NF, AL, RCF)

Potential defects have been found on Honeywell fire alarm pull stations. Be sure to read the Life Safety Update provided by AHCA/NCAL for more information. Read More »

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Safety alert on medical bed mattresses
(All)

Safety alert issued on medical bed mattresses and risk of contamination and infection. Read More »

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Survey and Quality
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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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National Nursing Home Week
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NNHW is almost here! Are you ready?
(NF)

Celebrate your team and residents during National Nursing Home Week (NNHW), May 12-18, 2013. All NNHW Team Care-themed products are now 15 percent off! Please share this information with your activity staff. Read More »

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Association News
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NFs staffing information needed
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Iowa nursing facilities are asked to complete the AHCA Staffing Survey by May 17. Your participation is important to our state outcomes! Read More »

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New members invited to orientation webinar
(All)

Our New Member Orientation webinar introduces members to our association and members’ only benefits and resources. The free webinar will be offered monthly and registration is required. 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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New Member Orientation, May 3, (1st Friday every month), 10 a.m., webinar
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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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Violent/Sexual Offender Training, June 5, West Des Moines
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Care Planning for the Activity Professional, June 12, West Des Moines
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 19, Altoona
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Health Care Assistants 2013 Convention, June 19, Altoona
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ICAC Renewal Program (MDS 3.0 Re-Certification), June 26, West Des Moines
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ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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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
Survey and Quality
National Nursing Home Week
Association News
National News
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IHCA ICAL is dedicated to promoting quality long term
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