IHCA ICAL Bulletin September 16, 2013
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Convention
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Four days filled with education and events - Don't miss out!
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If you aren't registered yet for the IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show, now is the time! You won't want to miss all we have in store for you! Early bird registration ends Tuesday, September 24. Register now to save $50! Read More »
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Your PAC golf tourney foursome names are needed!
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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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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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Payment
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AHCA offers clarification of IPPS final rule
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As this final rule is implemented, AHCA/NCAL looks forward to seeing if it does accomplish that objective and improves beneficiary access to post-acute care. Read More »
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CMS updates therapy claims guidance
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CMS information on submitting therapy claims and payment liability for therapy limit denials. Read More »

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Hospice Medicaid rates for FY2014
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CMS issued FY2014 payment rates for Medicaid hospice services that are applicable beginning October 1, 2013. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Qualifications for temporary NF staff
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DIA clarifies requirements for temporary activity directors and dietary managers. Read More »

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Critical topics at Single Facility Conference on Thursday
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The topics to be discussed at this week's Single Facility Conference meeting are all critical to free-standing and single facility owners and operators. Register now! Read More »

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Boiler inspections in ALs
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The Iowa Department of Labor is conducting boiler inspections in assisted living facilities. Read More »
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Survey and Quality
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Improving staff immunization rate is key to quality
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All IHCA ICAL member organizations are encouraged to use these resources to help improve their organization's HCW immunization rates. Read More »

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New resource for educating families on off-label antipsychotic use
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This new AHCA/NCAL fact sheet give residents' family members a background on the off-label use of antipsychotics, as well as, addresses frequently asked questions regarding loved ones living with dementia. Read More »

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The Long Term Care Survey manual May 2013 edition
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Keep your nursing facility compliant with the newest Long Term Care Survey manual. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Be prepared before flu and winter storm season hits!
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It is essential to be ready for an emergency at any time, especially as we enter flu season and look toward winter ice and snow storm season. Check out these resources...
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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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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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Assisted Living Managers Annual Education Conference, November 13, West Des Moines
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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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