IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 17, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Association News
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A new look to our website
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The new and improved IHCA ICAL website is launching this week! Read More »

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Like us on Facebook!
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Check out the new Facebook pages for IHCA ICAL and the Iowa Council of Health Care Assistants! Read More »

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District officer election nominations
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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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Regulatory and Payment
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Summary of pharmacy rules changes effective July 3
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Ken Watkins, IHCA ICAL legal consultant with Davis Brown Law, provided a summary of Pharmacy Rules changes that impact nursing facilities effective July 3, 2013. Read More »

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From DIA: Update on new TB screening rules
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DIA sent an update on the new TB screening rules. Read More »

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IDA offers new elder abuse prevention resources
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Iowa Department on Aging unveils new website with Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness State Clearinghouse that is full of resources for all stakeholders. Read More »

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Medicaid Information Clearinghouse
(NF, AL, RCF)

This new tool for AHCA/NCAL members is a one-stop shop to get answers and resources on the Medicaid program. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Get your introduction to the CMS QAPI quality program
(NF, AL)

See the introductory Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) resources from CMS. Plus see how IHCA ICAL can help your facility implement this quality improvement program at INTERACT Boot CampRead More »

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Five-Star rating helpline hours
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CMS has announced the Five-Star rating hotline hours for June and July. Read More »

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National News
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AHCA/NCAL meets with CMS on HCBS proposed rule
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AHCA/NCAL continues to communicate with CMS and seek the support of Congress to prevent the progress of a proposed rule affecting the definition of HCBS settings. 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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National Assisted Living Week
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NALW planning resources now available
(AL, RCF)

See the planning guide and product catalog for NALW, September 8-14. You'll find exciting activities and great products for everyone in your community. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 7, West Des Moines
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Appropriate Relationships with Residents/Tenants and Families, August 8, webinar
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Social Workers Conference, August 15, 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
Association News
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Initiative
National News
National Assisted Living 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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