IHCA ICAL Bulletin August 5, 2013
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Awards
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Recognize your staff! Award nominations due August 15
(All)

Nominate your organization's best programs and employees for the IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term and Post-Acute Care Awards! Check out the changes to the programs. Nominations are due in less than two weeks, so don't wait to get yours sent in! Administrators: Please share this information with your staff! Read More »

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2014 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award applications available
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL's 2014 National Quality Award program applications are now available. Take the next step in your quality award journey today! Be sure to review the new recertification policy before starting your application. Read More »

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Regulatory
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DHS webinar on record check evaluations is now available
(All)

DHS has just released the recording of its May webinar, DHS Record Check Evaluation for Health Care FacilitiesRead More »
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Hot water temperatures in nursing facilities
(NF)

IHCA receives clarification from DIA on hot water temperatures in resident areas in nursing facilities. Read More »
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Is your facility up to speed on S&C memos?
(NF)

Surveyors have been trained in the changes covered in these S&C memos and are now surveying facilities to ensure compliance. Are you ready? Read More »

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Payment
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ACO and Medicaid sessions offered by IME
(All)

Administrators and nurse leaders are encouraged to participate in the upcoming IME forums on the State Innovation Model. Read More »
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Hospice wage index and payment update
(H)

CMS issues final hospice wage index and payment update for FY 2014. Read More »

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Swing bed prior authorization
(NF, HH)

IME has issued a letter announcing changes to the swing bed prior authorization requirement. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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NCAL launches Quality Initiative Recognition Program
(AL)

NCAL officially launched the assisted living portion of the Quality Initiative Recognition Program to recognize members that have achieved one or more of the four NCAL Quality Initiative goals. Learn how your organization can be recognized.
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AL performance measures survey
(AL)

ICAL asks 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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Association News
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Take a swing at the PAC golf tourney
(All)

If you've never attending the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament, then you're missing out! Plan to join us on 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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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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Education Calendar
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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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Home Health Care Summer Summit, August, 22, West Des Moines
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Medicare Review Program, September 10, Coralville
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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, September 11, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, September 12, West Des Moines
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Employee Background Checks-Do You Know the Law?, September 12, 10 a.m. webinar
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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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Payment
Quality Initiative
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