IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 21, 2013
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Payment
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Medicaid supplementation for members desiring an available private room
(NF)

IME letter outlines the rule change affecting Medicaid residents in nursing facilities who would like private rooms. Read More »
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Rates for private duty nursing and personal care services
(HH)

IME has issued maximum rates for private duty nursing and personal care services effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. Read More »

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Changes in electronic billing for NF claims
(NF)

Effective February 1, 2014, the IME will only accept the LTC claim electronically as an institutional claim. Is your nursing facility ready for the change? Read More »
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MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.11 update available

Get the replacement manual pages and change tables for the update effective October 1, 2013. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS survey guidance on CPR in nursing homes
(NF)

CMS has issued its first specific guidance regarding CPR in nursing facilities. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Commit to the Quality journey today!
(NF, AL, RCF)

Bronze, Silver or Gold...which will it be? Submit your Intent to Apply for a 2014 Quality Award and reap the benefits! Read More »

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AL resources for National Patient Safety Organization
(AL)

ICAL members do not want to be left behind on learning about the role joining a PSO will have in their quality efforts. Read More »

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Social Services
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Family bonding activity impacts residents well-being
(All)

Study suggests that family members can support strong relationships, help produce greater life satisfaction, and lessen depression in the residents. Read More »

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Workforce
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Time for staff flu vaccinations
(All)

Influenza outbreaks in healthcare facilities are associated with low immunization rates among healthcare personnel. Protect everyone at your facility by vaccinating staff against the flu. Read More »

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ALs asked to complete annual compensation survey
(AL)

ICAL assisted living members are encouraged to participate in the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) 16th annual Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report. Read More »

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National News
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Observation stays issue update
(NF)

AHCA/NCAL continues its support and advocacy for observation stay legislation introduced by Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA). 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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Education Calendar
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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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SE District Education, November 12, West Liberty
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Assisted Living Managers Annual Education Conference, November 13, West Des Moines
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SW District Education, November 14, Atlantic
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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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