IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 13, 2013
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State News
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Governor proclaims Nursing Home Week in Iowa
(NF)

Nursing facilities across Iowa and the nation are observing Nursing Home Week, May 12-18, 2013. Read More »
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Session remains at standstill
(All)

With nearly all the budget bills in conference committees, the House and Senate leaders have not yet agreed upon the final budget targets, nor have they found common ground on the Governor’s priority issues of education reform and commercial property tax relief. Read More »
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Association News
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Solicitation for 2014 IHCA Board candidates
(NF)

The 2013-2014 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) members in good standing who are interested in running for a position on the IHCA Board of Directors. As determined in the 2012 Bylaws revisions, the Association is moving to an electronic ballot process for the officer and director-at-large positions. Read More »

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Solicitation for 2014 ICAL Board candidates
(AL, RCF, HH, HCBS, SH, GH)

The 2013-2014 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) members in good standing who are interested in running for a position on the ICAL Board of Directors. As determined in the 2012 Bylaws revisions, the Association is moving to an electronic ballot process for the officer and director-at-large positions. Read More »

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National News
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Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr. to address AHCA/NCAL Convention
(NF, AL, RCF)

This year’s AHCA/NCAL annual convention opening keynote speaker is renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr. 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
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CMS therapy caps and Advance Beneficiary Notice of Coverage
(NH)

See the CMS provider FAQ memo on ABNs with respect to therapy services provided on or after January 3, 2013. Read More »

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CMS oversight of Medicare Part A operational compliance
(NF)

Skilled nursing providers were encouraged to ratchet up their Medicare Part A compliance initiatives to meet the increasingly intense scrutiny of CMS. Learn more about the resources available to IHCA members to assist in these efforts. Read More »

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Update on home health payment by episode
(HH)

Updated information on the Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Home Health visits by episode. Read More »
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VA issues final rule on payment regulation for non-VA providers
(HH)

The VA has issued a final rule that amends its payment regulation for non-VA providers to include providers of home health and hospice services. Read More »
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Workforce
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Info on DHS record check evaluation
(All)

DHS is offering a webinar on record check evaluation for health care providers on May 16. Read More »
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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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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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Quality Initiative
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New Staff Stability Toolkit
(NF, AL, RCF)

Thus new Staff Stability Toolkit is an excellent resource to help your facility achieve AHCA's Quality Initiative goal of reducing nursing staff turnover by 15 percent before March 2015. Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

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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Education Calendar
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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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New Member Orientation, June 7, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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Communication and Documentation for the Health Care Assistant, June 11, 1:00 p.m., webinar
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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
Association News
National News
Payment
Workforce
Quality Initiative
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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