IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 6, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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State News
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Session continues; hoping for agreement on major issues
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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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Quality Initiative
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Progress made in reduction of antipsychotic use
(NF)

The December 2012 CMS data on antipsychotic use shows that Iowa facilities are beginning to effectively reduce off-label of these drugs among facility residents. Read More »
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Home Health Quality Improvement campaign
(HH)

The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign has two upcoming calls for home health agencies, as well as, archived teleconferences on a variety of quality-related topics. Read More »

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Get your re-hospitalization information in seconds
(NF)

Use LTC Trend Tracker - a free resource for AHCA members - to download detailed facility-level information for re-hospitalization, antipsychotics and turnover data. With a few clicks of the mouse you can have this data delivered in an Excel format for every facility in your organization. Read More »
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Association News
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NFs staffing information needed
(NF)

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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NFP Day announced for AHCA/NCAL convention
(Non-profits)

AHCA announces that Not for Profit Day will be held on October 8 in conjunction with the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ. Read More »

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Scholarship application deadline is May 31
(All)

The deadline is May 31 for applications for the IHCA Foundation's Health Care Scholarships. The scholarships are 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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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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Payment and Regulatory
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AHCA responds to CMS Proposed Payment Rule
(NF)

AHCA issued a statement in response to the release of the Skilled Nursing Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Proposed Rule for FY2014 by CMS. Read More »
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Atypical conversion update
(HCBS)

New resources have been added to IME's Atypical Code Conversion Project webpage. Read More »
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Medicare crossover documents
(SNF, HH)

IME issuing new versions of Medicare crossover claim documents. Read More »

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IME letters address HCBS Habilitation Services
(HCBS - Habilitation)

IME recently released two informational letters related to HCBS Habilitation Services providers. Read More »

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Medicare Common Working File termination
(All)

CMS announced that the Common Working File (CWF), which is used by providers to access beneficiaries’ Medicare eligibility information, will be terminated in April 2014 as it falls out of compliance with new Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. Read More »

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Modification to MDS 3.0 inactivation/modification policy
(NF)

On May 1, 2013, CMS released modifications to MDS 3.0 Inactivation/Modification policyRead More »

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National Nursing Home Week
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Next week is NNHW: Let these resources help
(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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Education Calendar
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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
Quality Initiative
Association News
Payment and Regulatory
National Nursing Home Week
Mission Statement
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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