IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 28, 2013
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State News
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2013 Legislative session ends on positive note
(All)

The Iowa Legislature completed its work for the year, accomplishing many of the major priorities called for by Governor Branstad. IHCA ICAL members can be pleased with the final results! Read More »

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Sending well wishes to hospitalized colleague
(NF, AL)

DIA Health Facilities Surveyor Alice Linden, who primarily served southwest Iowa facilities, is recovering from critical injuries received in a car accident. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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IHCA developing partnership with Iowa's first Corporate Health Exchange
(All)

IHCA ICAL is in the initial planning stages of launching a new partnership with the first Iowa-owned corporate health exchange. The partnership will give our members a valuable resource in navigating Affordable Care Act requirements that begin in 2014. Read More »

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DoL guide outlines new ACA provisions
(All)

DoL issues temporary guidance related to Exchange Notice requirements. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Overview of conditional employment pending completion of DHS evaluation
(All)

A person may now be conditionally employed for up to 60 days pending the completion of the DHS evaluation...but there are limitations and specific requirements. Make sure you know what they are to be in compliance. Read More »

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Surveyors looking at dementia-specific training
(AL)

DIA monitors are looking closely at providers' staff training in dementia-specific programs. Providers should review the requirements to ensure they are in compliance. Read More »

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IME pharmacy program changes
(NF)

IME issues Information Letter on pharmacy program changes.
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HIPAA
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Compliance with Privacy Regulations webinar, Wednesday, May 29
(All)

Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., AHCA/NCAL is sponsor the webinar, Compliance with Privacy Regulations for LTC Facilities, to review new HIPAA requirements affecting several key areas with a compliance deadline of September 23, 2013. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Last week to complete NF staffing survey
(NF)

Iowa nursing facilities are asked to complete the AHCA Staffing Survey by May 31. Your participation is important to our state outcomes! Read More »

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Have your Quality Initiative efforts recognized!
(NF)

AHCA has announced the Quality Initiative Recognition Program to honor those nursing facilities that have achieved one, two, three, or all four goals over the past year. The deadline for submission is July 15.
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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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Workforce
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Scholarship apps due Friday!
(All)

The deadline is Friday 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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Spring issue of Caregivers' Quarterly available
(All)

Share the latest issue of Caregivers' Quarterly with your health care assistants and other care support 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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NCAL launches redesigned website
(AL, RCF)

You're invited to visit NCAL's newly redesigned website, www.NCAL.orgRead 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)

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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District officer election nominations
(All)

Elections for 2013 IHCA and ICAL District officers will take place at the July District Meetings. Those interested in running, should contact their District president. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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Violent/Sexual Offender Training, June 5, West Des Moines  Location change: Marriott Hotel, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, 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
Affordable Care Act
Regulatory
HIPAA
Quality Initiative
Workforce
National News
Association News
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