IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 13, 2014
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Regulatory
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HCBS final rule issued by CMS
(All)

AHCA/NCAL is applauding the final rule issued on Friday by CMS dealing with home and community-based services (HCBS). See AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Parkinson's letter to AHCA/NCAL members that gives a detailed review of the final rule.  Read More »
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PERM program collecting medical records
(All)

All Medicaid providers may be contacted by national contractor collecting medical records for PERM program.  Read More »

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Survey
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Independent reviewers to begin in February
(NF, AL, RCF)

Three attorneys have been awarded contracts by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) to serve as independent reviewers for federal and state information reviews for nursing facilities, assisted livings and residential care facilities. Read More »

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Get refresher on bag technique to prevent survey missteps
(HHA)

In IHCA's review of Iowa HHA surveys, bag technique and infection control were frequently mentioned among the top cited tags. Here's an article that will help HHA staff brush up on this topic. Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to our IHCA ICAL members who have received a deficiency-free DIA inspection. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. Read More »
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Quality Initiative
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Still time to start the 2014 Quality Award process
(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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Assisted living quality improvement; sign up for PSO
(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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Activity Services
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Activity professionals can win FREE Spring Quarterly registration
(All)

The IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly will feature breakout sessions specifically for activity professionals. Find out how your organization can enter to win a free registration for an activity services staff member. Read More »

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NNHW theme is unveiled
(NF)

AHCA has announced the theme for the 2014 National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17. Administrators, please be sure to share this article with your activity professionals. Read More »

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State News
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Nominations open for Governor's Award for Quality Care
(NF, RCF)

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. Nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2014. Read More »

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National News
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IHCA ICAL members serving at national level
(All)

IHCA ICAL is well represented on AHCA and NCAL committees in 2014. 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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Member Benefits
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Discounted hotel rates for members
(All)

IHCA ICAL members have access to special sleeping room rates at area West Des Moines hotels. See the list of participating hotels. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Storm Lake
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Northeast District Meeting and Education, February 6, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Waterloo
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Southeast District Meeting and Education, February 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., West Liberty
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The New Medicaid Integrity Program, February 12, 10-11 a.m., webinar
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Southwest District Meeting and Education, February 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2014, February 17-18, Carroll
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2014, February 19-20, Coralville
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Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace, February 19, 10-11 a.m., webinar
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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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Home Health Care Conference, February 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Des Moines
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Fall Prevention Program, March 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, March 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, March 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Des Moines
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Home Health - Reflection and Direction: Leadership Skills for Success, April 16, webinar
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D.O.N. and Nurse Manager Leadership Program, April 22-24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 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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In This Issue
Regulatory
Survey
Quality Initiative
Activity Services
State News
National News
Member Benefits
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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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