IHCA ICAL Bulletin November 11, 2013
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Reimbursement
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Electronic claims switch date approaching: Is your facility ready?
(NF, RCF)

IME has confirmed that there are still about 100 Iowa NF and RCF providers not yet prepared to switch to electronic claim submission by February 1, 2014. Make sure your facility is prepared!! Read More »

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HHAs asked to complete F2F Encounter Documentation Denials survey
(HHA)

NAHC is asking HHAs to complete a brief survey with specific questions regarding the number and reasons for F2F denials. Read More »
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Encounter data submission of HIPPS codes
(NF, HHA)

CMS is announced a delay in the HIPPS code changes planned for December 1. Read More »

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New HHA forms required starting Dec. 9
(HHA)

For items and services provided on or after December 9, 2013, the HHABN will no longer be valid, and HHAs must use the ABN and HHCCN. Read More »
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HCBS Waiver transportation reimbursement rates
(HCBS)

Effective October 1, 2013, HCBS transportation payment will be the same as the payment negotiated by the Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) broker. Read More »
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CMS issues RAI Manual corrections
(NF)

CMS has issued corrections to the recently-released RAI Manual, v. 1.11, related to therapy coding and the ADL function algorithm. Read More »
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Survey and Regulatory
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Home health survey in Iowa
(HHA)

Members are being sought to participate in the HHA Survey Results subcommittee to review state and federal survey results and trends. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Deadline Friday for 2014 Quality Award Intent to Apply
(NF, AL, RCF)

For inspiration in starting or continuing your quality journey, listen to one 2013 Gold Quality Award recipient who shares her reflections on what it means to receive the award. You'll hear the story of the staff and leaders at Life Care Center of Sarasota and be motivated to forge ahead with your own pursuit of the National Quality Program Awards. Read More »

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Document your immunization success!
(All)

As we move into the flu season and on-site vaccination clinics are in full swing, employers are encouraged to document their employee vaccination efforts. Read More »
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New toolkit for Quality Initiative staff stability goal
(NF, AL, RCF)

The AHCA/NCAL Bookstore is offering a new Staff Stability Toolkit to help with the Quality Initiative goal to improve nursing staff stability. Read More »

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National News
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ALs annual compensation survey due Friday
(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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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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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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IHCA ICAL Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 4, Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn
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IHCA ICAL Health Care Assistants Education Conference, December 4, Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn
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Restorative Nursing Program, December 11, 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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Reimbursement
Survey and Regulatory
Quality Initiative
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