IHCA ICAL Bulletin September 9, 2013
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Congressmen respond to ICAL's ask to help stop home health cuts
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ICAL made Iowa's Congressional members aware of our concerns regarding cuts to the home health funding and they responded! The CMS 2014 HHPPS proposal authorizes an overall payment reduction of $290 million based on projected spending in 2014. Read More »

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Regulatory and Survey
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Federal look-behind surveys
(NH)

IHCA members have reported that during recent nursing facility federal look-behind surveys, surveyors have been applying the Interpretative Guidelines in a very strict manner in two areas. Read More »
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Survey memo on escrow and IIDR processes
(NH)

CMS S&C memo expands escrow and the IIDR processes to all deficiencies for which a CMP is imposed. Read More »
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CMS allows categorical Life Safety waivers in certain instances
(NF)

CMS has released a S&C memo on categorical waivers available for some of the requirements of the 2000 Edition of the Life Safety Code. Read More »

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New from IME
(All)

The following information letters were recently issued by the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. Read More »
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TB antigen shortage
(NF)

Iowa providers continue to report difficulty in obtaining Tuberculin skin test antigen. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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LTC Trend Tracker users to meet in Phoenix
(NF)

Registered LTC Trend Tracker users are invited to attend a user meeting at the AHCA/NCAL Convention in Phoenix. Read More »
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AHCA NCAL Quality Award: Intent to Apply opens Monday
(NF, AL, RCF)

Get ready to take the first steps in applying for the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award. Start your next step...whether it is for the Bronze, Silver or Gold award! 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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National News
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"We are the Solution" advocacy campaign launched
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL has launched its new advocacy campaign to address Congress’s budgetary challenges and offer alternatives to simple cutting LTPAC funding. 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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Influenza and Vaccination
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Influenza resources
(All)

The influenza season is approaching fast. Check out these resources from IDPH and CDC. 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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Your PAC golf tourney foursome names are needed!
(All)

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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Education Calendar
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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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Single Facility Conference, September 19, West Des Moines
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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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Effective Observation and Communication for Health Care Assistants, November 6, 3-4 p.m., webinar
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The Art of ICD-10 Coding-Prep for ICD-10 Coders, November 20, 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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Influenza and Vaccination
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