IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 28, 2013
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Regulatory
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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard training; deadline Dec. 1
(All)

Employers are reminded that employee training on the revised hazard communication labels and data sheets must be completed by December 1, 2013. Read More »
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Payment
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Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) requirement
(HHA)

NAHC has released the results of the home care provider survey on the impact, including financial ramifications, of the Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) requirement. Read More »

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CMS clarifies 'Confined to Home' definition
(HHA)

CMS amends definition of “Confined to Home” for Medicare home health PPS. Read More »
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ABN policy changes for HHAs and therapy
(HHA)

This MLN Matters article outlines ABN policy changes that take effect December 9, 2013. Read More »

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Medicare open enrollment
(All)

Medicare Open Enrollment is underway and will continue through December 7. Read More »
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Workforce
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DoL webinar on home care final rule
(HHA)

The DoL is holding a public webinar on the Home Care Final Rule which extended the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 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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Quality Initiative
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Deadline Thursday to participate in PSO pilot study
(AL, RCF)

NCAL and ICAL are encouraging assisted living programs and residential care facilities to participate in the PSO pilot study. Sign up by October 31.
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Start on your path to quality greatness!
(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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2014 AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium in New Orleans
(NF, AL, RCF)

Registration now for the popular AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium on February 10-12, 2014, in New Orleans. IHCA ICAL highly recommends this conference for our members. Read More »

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Reducing hospital readmissions resource
(NF, AL, RCF)

Move forward with the Quality Initiative goal of reducing hospital readmissions with this great resource from AHCA/NCAL's online bookstore. 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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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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Environmental Service Managers Conference, December 12, 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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