IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 16, 2013
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Reimbursement
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Nursing facility Medicaid payment rates
(NF)

The nursing facility rates effective July 1, 2013, will not be implemented until the Department of Human Services (DHS) has received approval of the SPA from CMS. Read More »

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Updates to Medicare Benefit Policy Manual
(NF, HHA)

CMS has announced updates to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to clarify key components of the skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehabilitation facility, home health and outpatient coverage requirements to reflect the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement. Read More »

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Transition from IowaCare program
(NF)

IME letter provides details for nursing facilities on several changes in the IowaCare program. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS responds to Iowa's CPR certification questions
(NF)

The responses from CMS indicated that the CPR health care provider course is required for all nurses as well as other staff. Read More »

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Clarification on nurse delegation documentation
(AL)

DHS has provided clarification on documentation requirements after questions were raised at a recent ICAL education. Read More »

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Iowa Food Code changes affect ALs
(AL)

Assisted living programs that prepare and serve meals need to be aware of coming changes to the Iowa Food Code. Read More »

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Referring or prescribing providers' Medicaid enrollment
(All)

Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations require that providers who prescribe (order) or who are indicated as a referral on a Medicaid claim must be enrolled as participating providers in the program. Read More »
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National News
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NCAL/AHCA meet with leaders on HCBS rule
(AL, HCBS)

NCAL/AHCA stressed the importance of keeping assisted living as an option for Medicaid waiver beneficiaries and addressed several provisions of the rule that could displace a large number of Medicaid recipients. Read More »
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Observation stays issue update
(NF)

AHCA/NCAL continues its support and advocacy for legislation, The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013, that seeks to count all hospital days spent in observation towards the three-day stay requirement. 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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Resources
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Discount on RN Test Prep Program scholarship
(All)

Discounted tuition being offered for a limited time for a RN Test Prep Program for Certification in Gerontological Nursing being offered through AHCA/NCAL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Learn more! Read More »
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Education Calendar
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IDR Process Review - Changes Effective January 2014, January 9, 2014, 10-11 a.m., webinar
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OASIS Data Accuracy - 4 Part Series, January 9, 2-3 p.m., teleconferences
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ICAC Renewal Program (MDS 3.0 Re-Certification), January 15, 2014, West Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Certification—ICAC Program, January 21-23, 2014, West Des Moines
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Home Health - Working with Lean Margins and Trimming Your Costs, February 19,  3-4 p.m., webinar
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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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