IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 23, 2013
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Association News
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Update on IHCA ICAL office phone issues

If you experience any difficulty calling the IHCA ICAL office, here is an alternate number to call or email to use. Read More »

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Happy Holidays from IHCA ICAL

IHCA ICAL will close for the Christmas and New Year's holiday. Read More »
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State News
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DIA announces breach involving CNAs' Social Security numbers
(All)

IHCA ICAL was recently made aware of an incident that involved a stolen laptop used by a Health Facilitates Surveyor from DIA. This laptop contained sensitive information, including the possibility for several nurse aide rosters containing CNAs' social security numbers. Read More »
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Influenza activity increasing in Iowa
(All)

The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued two announcements regarding two significant current health issues statewide. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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2014 Medicare changes for beneficiaries
(All)

This CMS press release reviews Medicare for 2014. Read More »

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Clarification on billing of ambulance services
(NF)

Clarification issued on ambulance transfers between two SNFs. Read More »
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Therapy documentation changes
(NF, HHA)

CMS has provided an article that walks providers through the documentation required for providing continued therapy services to residents who have reached the maximum potential of therapy, but for whom continued therapy would prevent a decline. Read More »

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New codes for home health consolidated billing
(HHA)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new HCPCS codes for home health billing. Read More »

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Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Provider Portal
(All)

The Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Provider Portal is a web-based collection of tools for prescribers and pharmacists. Read More »
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OSHA
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Get your OSHA form 300A posted
(All)

February 1, 2014, is the deadline for employers to post the Summary of Occupational Safety & Health Administration Occupational Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Summary Form 300A. The form must remain posted until April 30, 2014. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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PSO enrollment will benefit AL quality outcomes!
(AL, RCF)

All ICAL members are encouraged to sign up for the PSO today! Learn more about this innovative and historic program for its assisted living members. Read More »
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Quality newsletter from AHCA/NCAL

AHCA/NCAL's Quality Initiative newsletter is packed with information and resources for all providers. Read More »

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National News
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Report profiles LTC settings' usage
(NF, RCF, HHA)

The NCHS has released a new report, Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview, that profiles the nursing home (SNF/NF), residential care communities (assisted living), hospice, home health agency, and adult day services center professions. This “first of its kind” report will be published every two years going forward with updated data. 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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Former AHCA chair shares best practices
(All)

An article by AHCA former chair, shares advice about starting a care conversation with loved ones. Read More »

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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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Legal Aspects of Management for Department Heads and Supervisors, January 30, West Des Moines
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2014, February 17-18, Carroll
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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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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2014, February 19-20, Coralville
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Home Health - Reflection and Direction: Leadership Skills for Success, April 16, 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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In This Issue
Association News
State News
Payment and Reimbursement
OSHA
Quality Initiative
National News
Resources
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IHCA ICAL is dedicated to promoting quality long term
and post-acute care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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