IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 20, 2014
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Association News
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Iowa nurse featured in national publication
(All)

Congratulations to Michelle Gifford RN, Director of Nursing at Atlantic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for being recognized as one of 20 to Watch by Provider magazine. Read More »
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Book rooms early for Convention 2014
(All)

The Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel is now accepting reservations for the 2014 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Face-to-face documentation requirements
(HHA)

CMS clarifies documentation requirements for the home health face-to-face encounter. Read More »

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Clarification on transportation reimbursement
(HCBS)

Letter offers clarification for providers who contract with TMS Management Group as well as providers who use other transportation services or funding sources. Read More »
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Excluded providers rules and resources
(All Medicaid providers)

Here is a reminder on meeting federal rules related to providers who are excluded from participation in the Medicaid program. IHCA ICAL has links and resources to help providers meet these requirements. Read More »
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Webinars on HCBS Waiver final rule
(HCBS)

CMS is hosting two webinars on the new HCBS Waiver program final rule. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Temporary Medicare LUPA claims delay
(HHA)

Medicare contractors have identified an incorrect payment calculation affecting home health claims that would be paid LUPAs. Read More »
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Medicaid application frustrations
(All)

IHCA is sharing members' concerns and potential solutions for the Medicaid application process delays and assistance available for applicants. Read More »
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CMS discontinues sending PEPPER reports
(NF)

CMS has discontinued providing duplicate copies of the PEPPER reports. PEPPER reports will again be distributed in upcoming years under a new distribution system. Read More »
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Iowa Health and Wellness Plan
(All)

IME has implemented the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, effective January 1, 2014. Read More »
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State News
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2014 Legislative session is underway
(All)

IHCA ICAL lobbyists open session by meeting with House Appropriations Chair and look forward to meeting with other key legislators this week. Read More »

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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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Survey and Quality
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Home health survey results and compliance
(HHA)

The review of Iowa HHA surveys (January-August 2013) identified several key findings. Learn what these findings mean to your home health agency and staff. 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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Assisted Living
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ALs wanted to participate in study
(AL)

A U of I study will research the use of computerized cognitive training to improve mood of AL tenants. Participating ALs are now being recruited. Read More »
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Assisted living quality improvement; sign up for PSO
(AL, RCF)

ICAL assisted living members who want to be among the quality improvement trend setters should enroll now the National Patient Safety Organization (PSO) for Assisted Living. Learn more about this innovative and historic program. Read More »
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Senior Housing
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Senior housing resources from AHCA/NCAL
(SH)

AHCA/NCAL offers a variety of resources for our senior housing 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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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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MDS 3.0 Certification—ICAC Program, January 21-23, 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, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Storm Lake
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Northeast District Meeting and Education, February 6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Waterloo
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Southeast District Meeting and Education, February 11, 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, 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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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 14-18, 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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The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, May 27-28, 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
Association News
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
State News
Survey and Quality
Assisted Living
Senior Housing
Activity Services
National News
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