IHCA ICAL Bulletin September 3, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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State News
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IHCA responds to newspaper article

IHCA's response to recent coverage in the Des Moines Register was shared with the public and elected officials. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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AL nurse delegation final rules
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Chapter 67 final rule revisions regarding nurse delegation procedures in assisted living programs were recently released by DIA and become effective September 25, 2013. Read More »
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PEPPER reports target Medicare improper payment areas
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CMS has begun issuing the PEPPER reports that prioritize the areas on which a hospital or SNF may want to focus auditing and monitoring efforts. Read More »

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Completion of MDS discharge assessments
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A recent CMS memo clarifies steps to address MDS 3.0 discharge assessments that have not been completed and/or submitted, which must be done by the September 30, 2013 deadline. Read More »

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New therapy-related G-codes
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CMS reference chart lists new outpatient therapy G-codes. Read More »
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New from IME
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The following information letters were recently issued by the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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New goals and resources for Advancing Excellence
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The Advancing Excellence Campaign in America's Nursing Homes Campaign has announced its nine new quality goals and toolkits and will feature them in an upcoming, free webinar. 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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Affordable Care Act
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Fact sheet on Medicare Beneficiaries and the Health Insurance Marketplace
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This CMS fact sheet reassures individuals with Medicare that the Health Insurance Marketplace will not affect their Medicare coverage Read More »
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Convention
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IHCA ICAL annual meeting and elections
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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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It's getting close! We need your PAC golf tourney foursome names
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It's September...are your registered for the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament? 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. Everyone who has signed up, needs to supply the names of those participating in their foursome.
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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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Professional Nursing Seminar, October 30, West Des Moines
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Professional Nursing Seminar, October 31, Coralville
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 4-8, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 5, 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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Regulatory and Payment
Quality Initiative
Affordable Care Act
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