IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 27, 2014
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Association News
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Quality is the campaign message!
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IHCA ICAL's public communication campaign kicks off this week. Watch for our quality message! Read More »

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Convention 2014: Book rooms now
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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 and Payment
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Revised guidance on Medicare "improvement standard"
(NF, HHA)

CMS has issued revised program manual guidance related to Jimmo vs. Sebelius. Also see other resources from CMS and AHCA regarding the changes in the "improvement standard" for SNF and home health Medicare coverage. Read More »

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HCBS Waiver final rule webinar
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CMS is repeating its webinar on the new HCBS Waiver program final rule. Read More »

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State News
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Week two sees productive meetings on priorities
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Meetings on IHCA ICAL priorities were the focus of week two at the statehouse. Read More »

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Governor's Award for Quality Care nominations open
(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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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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Clinical
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New CDC resources for infection prevention and control
(NF, AL, RCF)

CDC has unveiled a new website focused on infection prevention for long term care providers. Read More »

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Workforce
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Webinar on direct care workforce curriculum
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Curriculum developed by the Direct Care Workforce Initiative will be introduced and discussed in these upcoming webinars. Read More »

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Activity Services
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Activity staff conference call on Tuesday
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Administrators, please share this information with your activities' staff. All member organizations' activity staff members are invited to participate in the Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP) monthly conference call on Tuesday, January 28 at 12-1 p.m. Read More »

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Activity professionals: Win FREE Spring Quarterly registration
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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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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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Think Before You Post! - Using Social Media in the Workplace, March 11, 10-11 a.m., webinar
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 14-18, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living REGULATORY Nurse Class, April 15, 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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