IHCA ICAL Bulletin July 8, 2013
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Affordable Care Act
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Change in ACA Forums dates and locations
(All)

With the White House announcement of the delay in the employer mandate for health insurance from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015, we are consolidating our regional health insurance mandate forums for July to the four IHCA ICAL District meeting locations. All long term and post-acute care providers are encouraged to register and plan to attend! Read More »

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State News
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IME begins work on State Innovation Model
(All)

Five IHCA ICAL members will participate in workgroups leading the Iowa SIM initiative. Read More »

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Payment
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Family Supplementation of Medicaid
(NF)

The regulations on Family Supplementation of Medicaid have been filed and adopted and are effective July 1, 2013. Read More »

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HIPPS codes on Medicare SNF claims
(NF)

Effective July 1, 2013, CMS is requiring Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) to submit Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) codes for all skilled nursing facility residents. Read More »
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Clinical
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Outbreak of Cyclopora in Iowa
(All)

Healthcare providers are encouraged to watch for symptoms of Cyclospora. Learn more from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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NCAL asks members to complete Performance Measures survey
(AL)

ICAL encourages all assisted living members to complete the NCAL Performance Measures Survey to help compile important state and national report data. Read More »

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INTERACT program seeking ALs to test new tools
(AL)

Assisted living communities are being sought to pilot test the INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) Quality Improvement program. Learn more about how your AL can participate. Read More »

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Resources to aid in your quality quest
(NF, AL, RCF)

Make the most of AHCA/NCAL's member resources on your Quality Initiative journey! Read More »
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Association News
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Nominations open for Quality and Excellence Awards
(All)

Show off the great programs your organization provides for residents/clients and the people who make them possible! Nominate them 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 staff! Read More »

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PAC golf tournament sign up
(All)

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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Activities
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Activity staff invited to July Districts for special meeting
(NF, AL, RCF)

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
(AL, RCF)

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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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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Resources
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AHCA/NCAL bookstore offers $50 saving until July 31

When you spend $150 or more on non-specialty items at the AHCA/NCAL online bookstore, you will receive a $50 discount. This offer is good on all manuals and DVDs. 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
State News
Payment
Clinical
Quality Initiative
Association News
Activities
National News
Resources
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