IHCA ICAL Bulletin August 12, 2013
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Payment and Regulatory
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Change in LTC electronic claims billing
(NF, RCF)

IME has announced changes in the filing of long term care claims for nursing facilities and residential care facilities. Read More »

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Background check fee changes
(HCBS)

IME announces changes in background check fees for CDAC providers and CCO employees. Read More »

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Discount on accreditation for home health providers
(HH)

IME has arranged for a discount on patient-centered medical home care accreditation for home health providers. Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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Online tool answers employers' ACA questions
(All)

A new online tool helps employers learn more about Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance coverage options, other health care changes, and additional resources. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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CMS learning session on QAPI
(NF)

Iowa nursing facilities are invited to participate in the CMS virtual learning session call on QAPI. Read More »
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Get recognized for your Quality Initiative achievements
(AL)

Assisted living members are encouraged to participate in the NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program that recognizes members that have achieved one or more of the four NCAL Quality Initiative goals. Learn how your organization can be recognized. Read More »

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Awards
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Deadline Thursday for IHCA ICAL Award nominations
(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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National News
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Observation stays policy update
(NF)

OIG report supports the concerns of nursing home providers. 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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Association News
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Take a swing at the PAC golf tourney
(All)

If you've never attended 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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Education Calendar
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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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In This Issue
Payment and Regulatory
Affordable Care Act
Quality Initiative
Awards
National News
Association News
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