IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 3, 2014
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Convention 2014
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Convention hotel rooms filling up fast - Book yours now!
(All)

Rooms at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel are sold out for the 2014 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show. Please see our list of alternate hotels offering special priced rooms for a limited time. Read More »

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Reimbursement and Payment
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Updated on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Part B Therapy
(NF, HHA)

CMS has issued updates to the Physician Fee Schedule and Part B Therapy codes. Providers will want to make sure their billing and coding staff are aware of these changes. Read More »

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AHCA responds to clogged Medicare appeals
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AHCA continues to address SNF-related issues that have directly contributed to the ALJ Medicare appeals backlog. Read More »
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LUPA reimbursement
(HHA)

IME outlines the Low Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA) reimbursement methodology for the Home Health Services (HHS) program that is effective July 1. Read More »

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Letter on revenue codes for billing
(HHA)

Home health agencies are encouraged to review this IME letter carefully as the information directly impacts the ability to receive timely reimbursement. Read More »
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IME issues new public health agency manual
(HHA)

The manual update is for providers of public health services when they serve as a public health entity within the local board of health. Read More »
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OSHA
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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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Workforce
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Learn about 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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Assisted Living
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NCAL Awards Program accepting nominations
(AL, RCF)

The 2014 NCAL Awards Program is now open for nominations. ICAL members interested in submitting nominations are asked to contact Claire Seely, IHCA ICAL Director of Communications, before completing the awards nomination form. Read More »
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National Assisted Living Week theme announced
(AL, RCF, SH)

NCAL has announced the theme for the 2014 National Assisted Living Week (NALW), being celebrated September 7-13, 2014.
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Senior Housing
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Strategies for diversifying senior housing assets
(SH)

Free webinar looks at trends in senior housing market demand and diversification strategies to help maximize profitability. Read More »

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Activity Services
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Activity professionals: 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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Quality and Survey
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Dementia care partnership call, February 26
(NF)

Members are encouraged to participate in the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes conference call, on Wednesday, February 26. Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA ICAL members who receiving 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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National News
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week

Here's your update on the latest in national long term care news from AHCA/NCAL including Capitol Connections, NCAL Connections and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice website. Read More »

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Resources
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2014 AHCA/NCAL bookstore catalog
(All)

See what resources the AHCA/NCAL Online Bookstore has waiting for you! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 25-26, Altoona, Prairie Meadows Conference Center
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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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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, May 13-14, 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
Convention 2014
Reimbursement and Payment
OSHA
Workforce
Assisted Living
Senior Housing
Activity Services
Quality and Survey
National News
Resources
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