IHCA ICAL Bulletin July 1, 2013
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Affordable Care Act
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Sign up now for July ACA Health Insurance forums
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Our free ACA Health Insurance forums, being held in 17 locations, will give our members insight into the national health insurance mandates taking effect January 1, 2014. It's time to get ready, so register today and plan to attend! Read More »

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Association News
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IHCA ICAL Quality and Excellence Awards
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Here are the nomination materials for the IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term and Post-Acute Care Awards. Check out the changes to the programs! The deadline for submissions is August 15. Administrators: Please share this information with your activity professionals! Read More »

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PAC golf tournament: Tee it up for long term and post-acute care!
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The 25th Annual Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament is Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines. Don't wait to sign up as the foursomes are going fast!! Read More »

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Regulatory and Survey
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OIG evaluating abuse reporting by SNFs
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The OIG office in Kansas City has begun sending letters to skilled nursing facilities regarding their evaluation of facilities' compliance with abuse reporting. Read More »

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New from CMS
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CMS has issued three new S&C memos for skilled nursing facilities. Read More »

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Payment
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HCBS reimbursement rates effective July 1
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ICAL received the following information from DHS regarding the implementation of an increase in HCBS reimbursement rates effective July 1. Read More »
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New Medicaid home health rate methodology starting July 1
(HH)

IME has released an Information Letter outlining the LUPA rate methodology related to home health services. Read More »

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Changes in Elderly Waiver Chore Services
(HCBS)

Be sure you are aware of changes taking effect July 1 in the definition and task coverage under Chore Services in the Iowa Administrative Code 78.37(7). Read More »

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CMS launches new diabetic supplies program
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Medicare’s new National Mail Order program for diabetic supplies, takes effect today, July 1. The mail order program covers Medicare Part B diabetic supplies such as blood glucose testing strips, lancets, and replacement batteries for blood glucose monitors. Learn how this program affects your residents, tenants and clients. Read More »

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CMS proposed home health payment rate
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CMS recently released the proposed Medicare home health payment rates for 2014 incorporating rebasing along with significant changes in case mix weights. The IHCA Medicare Committee is joining NAHC's action plan to fight the proposal. Read More »

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CMS proposes changes to the OASIS Data Instrument
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CMS has announced proposed changes to the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) related to home health agencies. Read More »
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HIPPS code edit delayed
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The edit to reject Medicare Advantage plan claims for not having a HIPPS code for home health services will not be activated until December 1, 2013. Read More »
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National News
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Physician Compare website updated
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CMS launched updated Physician Compare website. 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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Activities
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Activity staff invited to July Districts for special meeting

All Activity Professionals are invited to attend the July District Meeting and Education to meet with IHCA ICAL's new Director of Workforce Development Julie Adair. Read More »
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NALW products and planning resources
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The Homemade Happiness buttons will add a colorful flair to lanyards, tote bags, and clothing for your tenants, staff and families as you celebrate National Assisted Living Week, September 8-14. Learn more about these and other products and activity ideas! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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New Member Orientation, July 12, 10 a.m., webinar
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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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IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show, September 30-October 2, 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
Affordable Care Act
Association News
Regulatory and Survey
Payment
National News
Activities
Mission Statement
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