IHCA ICAL Bulletin August 26, 2013
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Regulatory
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Automatic sprinkler systems in nursing facilities
(NF)

CMS has issued a S&C memo on nursing home sprinkler systems. Read More »

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Template for new contract requirement
(NF, H)

AHCA offers a template contract in response to the CMS final rule with requirements for nursing centers that contract with outside entities to provide hospice services for patients in the center.  Read More »

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Physicians' face-to-face encounters narrative
(HH)

Home health providers may be interested in this information that was recently released by CMS to physicians making referrals for home health care. Read More »
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Reimbursement
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IME completes code conversion, creates HCBS Notification Reports
(HCBS)

Notification Reports for HCBS providers have been created following completions of the IME code conversion project. Read More »
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Hospice wage index value comparison charts
(H)

CMS has posted online tables containing the FY2014 wage index value rates.
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May 2013 RAI/MDS edition now available
(NF)

The newest RAI/MDS 3.0 manual with the latest updates from CMS is now available. Read More »
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Survey and Quality
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ALP Monitoring Entrance Form
(AL)

Assisted living members are advised to review the DIA's Assisted Living Program Monitoring Entrance Form. Read More »

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New claims-based measures and resources for hospital readmissions
(NF, AL, HH)

IHCA ICAL member providers may be interested in this information as it relates to hospital readmissions. Read More »
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Tops in Survey

Congratulations to our IHCA ICAL members who have received a deficiency-free DIA inspection. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. 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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Influenza and Vaccination
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Vaccination of health care workers
(All)

Help IHCA and ICAL and its partner, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, in the movement to have all health care workers vaccinated against influenza. Read More »

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Convention
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IHCA ICAL annual meeting and elections
(All)

Online voting is now in progress for the IHCA and ICAL Boards of Directors' annual elections. Organizations' designated voters have received the ballot via email. Read More »

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Not ready to go pro? Try the PAC golf tourney
(All)

If you've never attended the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament, then you're missing out. It's a great event for golfers of all levels! Plan to join us on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines. Don't wait to sign up — the foursomes are going fast!! Read More »

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National Assisted Living Week
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Order NALW products before they're gone
(AL, RCF, SH)

Don’t delay, order 2013 National Assisted Living Week Homemade Happiness products today! 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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New Member Orientation, September 6, 10 a.m., webinar
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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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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 17, 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
Regulatory
Reimbursement
Survey and Quality
Influenza and Vaccination
Convention
National Assisted Living Week
National News
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