IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 7, 2013
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Workforce
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Nurse delegation and training resources
(AL)

ICAL has developed tools that will help assisted living providers meet the new Chapter 67 nurse delegation and staff training requirements that became effective September 25, 2013. Read More »
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'Certified' and 'non-certified' staff training requirements
(All, especially AL)

ICAL reached out to DIA for clarification on recent changes to the assisted living regulations on the distinction between “certified” and “non-certified” staff training requirements. Read More »

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DoL final rule on companionship exemption
(HH, HCBS)

The U.S. Department of Labor issued the Final Rule setting out changes to the longstanding regulations on the companionship services exemption from minimum wage and overtime compensation under the Fair labor Standards Act (FLSA). Read More »

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Survey and Quality
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Impact of government shutdown on survey process
(NF)

Nursing facilities should review the CMS S&C memo that identifies survey functions affected by the federal government shutdown. Read More »

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Quality Management Self-Assessment
(HCBS)

HCBS providers must submit the required 2013 Quality Management Self-Assessment by December 1, 2013. Read More »

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QAPI resources from AHCA
(NF)

You heard about it at convention! Learn more about the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program on the AHCA website. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Change in home health agency reporting
(HH)

Home health providers should review the MedLearn Matters article on the changes in reporting requirements. Read More »

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Payment
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Observation stays and Medicare Part D coverage
(NF)

Some hospitals placing nursing facility residents on an extended observation stay are requesting the nursing facilities to send the resident’s medications to the hospital for the entire length of the observation stay. IHCA has met with the Hospital Association on this matter of concern for our members. Read More »

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Medicare rates - October 2013
(NF)

Brighton Consulting Group has provided several tables showing the calculations for the Medicare rates effective from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Read More »

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CMS issues RAI manual updates effective October 1
(NF)

CMS recently posted the fall updates to the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual that took effect on October 1. Read More »
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Iowa-specific Hospice Medicaid rates
(H)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Iowa-specific Medicaid rates for hospice services during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. Read More »

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LTC Trend Tracker: Don't delay using this valuable tool
(NF)

More than 150 IHCA member nursing facilities are now using AHCA's Long Term Care Trend Tracker. If you are not yet making the most of this FREE online data management tool available, you should be! Learn more here... Read More »

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New online ICD-10 Implementation Guide
(NF, HH)

The new CMS ICD-10 Implementation Guide provides web-based tools for transitioning to ICD-10. Make sure your organization is starting the transitions process. Read More »

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HIPAA
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HIPAA/HITECH rule changes now effective
(All)

On September 23, the changes to existing HIPAA privacy regulations took effect. These are substantial required changes for long term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Read More »
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Clinical
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IDPH recommendations regarding Pertussis
(All)

IDPH recently modified the state’s recommendations for use of antimicrobials for pertussis post exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Read More »
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Caution issued for RSV season
(All)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) season is here. Make sure your families and staff are aware of the potential danger of this illness for high risk seniors. Read More »

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Association News
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2014 IHCA and ICAL Boards of Directors
(All)

At the IHCA ICAL Annual Meeting on October 1, election results were announced for the 2014 IHCA and ICAL Boards of Directors. Read More »
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AHCA committee nominations due by October 16
(NF)

AHCA is now accepting nominations for their 2014-2015 committee terms. IHCA members are encouraged to consider seeking a committee appointment. Read More »

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Convention handouts online through December
(All)

Education session handouts for the IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show will be available on the IHCA ICAL website until the end of December. Attendees are encouraged to download or print any handouts they want to keep before the end of the year. Read More »

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Fraud alert
(All)

Members are reporting receiving fraudulent invoices from companies with which they have never conducted business. 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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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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NW District Education, November 5, Storm Lake
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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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NE District Education, November 7, Waterloo
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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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