IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 5, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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National News
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IHCA ICAL members meet with federal legislators
(All)

On Tuesday IHCA and ICAL members and staff joined more than 400 long term and post-acute care professionals on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress. 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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Quality Initiative
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Iowa adds 9 national Bronze award recipients!
(All)

Congratulations to the 9 IHCA ICAL member facilities who have been named recipients of the AHCA NCAL 2013 National Quality Bronze Award! Read More »

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AHCA submit comments on QIO structure
(NF)

AHCA responded to CMS’ request for information seeking comment about how to best organize Medicare QIO contractors. Read More »
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Free webinar from HHQI on compulsive hoarding
(HH)

This webinar addresses how to integrate home health services and interventions to assist in patient treatment and safety. 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. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Listing requirements reissued in CMS revised hospital discharge planning guidance
(HH, SNF)

The guidelines emphasize appropriate hospital discharge planning to ensure smooth transitions including consideration of pre-hospital setting, patient participation in the process, and patient choice in availability of HHA and SNF options. Read More »

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CMS releases guidance on dementia care and antipsychotic drugs
(NF)

CMS has released two new Survey and Certification Memos revising guidance on care for persons with dementia related to individualize care and treatment approaches and ensuring that antipsychotic medications are used only when a clear and appropriate clinical indication exists. Read More »
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Payment
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Home Health & Hospice Medicare Bulletin
(HH)

Here's your update on the latest in Medicare Home Health and Hospice news from CGS included in the Home Health & Hospice Medicare BulletinRead More »

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CMS issues ICD-9 to ICD-10 transition claims instructions
(HH)

Even though the transition to ICD-10 is not until October 1, 2014, CMS has released instructions/guidance regarding the transition for home health providers. 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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Association News
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Kingery to retire this month

Eldred Kingery, President/CEO of Calvin Community, is retiring later this month. A retirement party will be hosted in celebration on June 30 at Calvin Community in Des Moines. Read More »
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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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AHCA/NCAL Convention
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Education sessions listing now online
(NF, AL, RCF)

A complete schedule of the education sessions being offered at the 64th AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention and Expo is now available on the official convention website. The convention is on October 6-9 in Phoenix, AZ. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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NW District Education, July 9, Storm Lake 
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NE District Education, July 11, Waterloo
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SE District Education, July 16, West Liberty
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LTC Compliance Programs, July 17, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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SW District Education, July 18, Atlantic 
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INTERACT Boot Camp, July 23, Coralville 
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INTERACT Boot Camp, July 24, West Des Moines
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Dementia Care Conference, August 6, 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
National News
Quality Initiative
Regulatory
Payment
Affordable Care Act
Association News
AHCA/NCAL Convention
Mission Statement
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care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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