IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 6, 2014
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Reimbursement and Payment
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AHCA summary and resources related to Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement agreement
(NF, HHA)

AHCA has created for members a brief summary that covers the history of Jimmo and highlights from the recently released CMS program manual updates, educational materials, and recent National Provider Call. Read More »

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Medicaid payment rates survey results
(HCBS, HHA)

See how Iowa home health agencies and home and community based providers compare in the Medicaid Payment Rates Survey results. Read More »

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Daily SCL approval process
(HCBS)

Letter clarifies the HCBS Daily SCL rate approval process.
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Regulatory
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New appeal process for assisted living
(AL)

As of January 1, 2014, DIA-cited assisted living insufficiencies being appealed will now follow an independent informal dispute solution process. Members should plan to participate in the upcoming webinar covering this topic. Read More »
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Survey results from Iowa HHAs
(HHA)

The IHCA's review of Iowa HHA surveys shows a dramatic increase in deficiencies, which is concerning because it will have a big impact when DIA begins using monetary penalties and denial of admission remedies in July 2014. HHA members are encouraged to review the survey report so they can be prepared for these upcoming changes. Read More »

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CMS sanctions for HHAs take effect in July
(HHA)

The 2013 Home Health PPS Rate Update implements alternate sanctions for HHAs that are out of compliance with federal requirements. The sanctions apply to condition level deficiencies in lieu of termination. Read More »

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Bed rail safety information
(All)

In December, the FDA posted important new guidance for consumers and providers related to bed rail safety. Read More »
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Is 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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It's not too late to start the Quality Award process for 2014
(NF, AL, RCF)

All NF, AL and RCF members are strongly encouraged to begin or continue with the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award process. A Bronze application can be completed in as few as 10 hours, so there’s plenty of time for members to begin the first step in the quality journey. Learn more about available resources and get started today! Read More »

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AL's enrollment in PSO will boost 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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Disaster Planning and Preparedness
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Tools and resources for your disaster plan
(All)

What updates and changes are needed for your Disaster Preparedness Plan? Here are the links you'll need! Read More »

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Association News
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AHCA/NCAL 2013 year in review
(NF, AL, RCF)

Your membership in AHCA/NCAL is vital to the oversight of issues concerning the long term and post-acute care profession at the national level. Please see President & CEO Mark Parkinson's summary of 2013 and the 2014 goals for the association and its members. Read More »

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Office phone issues resolved

Thank you to all of our members for their patience and understanding during our period of telephone reception problems. We are very hopeful that repairs have resolved the problems and our telephones and emails will continue to function properly. 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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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., teleconference series
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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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Northwest District Meeting and Education, February 4, 2014, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Storm Lake
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Northeast District Meeting and Education, February 6, 2014, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Waterloo
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Southeast District Meeting and Education, February 11, 2014, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., West Liberty
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Southwest District Meeting and Education, February 13, 2014, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Atlantic
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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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Reimbursement and Payment
Regulatory
Quality Initiative
Disaster Planning and Preparedness
Association News
National News
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