IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 24, 2014
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Legislative Update
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Legislation 'funneled' and budget work gets underway
(All)

Many bills died by the first funnel deadline last week. All policy bills that IHCA ICAL supports or has amended to improve have passed the first funnel deadline. Read More »

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Spring Quarterly Conference
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Alternative hotels for Spring Quarterly
(All)

The room block at the Prairie Meadows Hotel has been sold out, but we have two alternative hotels offering special rates for attendees of the IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 25-26 in Altoona. Read More »

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Deadline Friday for 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. Administrators are asked to forward this information on to their activity professionals. Read More »

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Reimbursement and Payment
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Begin transition to ICD-10 now to prevent lapse in reimbursement
(NF, HHA)

All nursing facilities and home health agencies need to be making the transition to ICD-10 NOW in order to be ready for the October 1, 2014, conversion. Read More »

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New claim form takes effect April 1
(Medicaid providers)

IME has issued a reminder that effective April 1, 2014, the new paper claim CMS-1500 (02/12) Health Information Claim Form must be used. Read More »
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Medicaid eligibility resources from DHS
(Medicaid providers)

Iowa Department of Human Services representatives spoke at the IHCA ICAL District Meetings about the Medicaid application process and ways providers can help make the application and reimbursement process go more smoothly. Administrators are asked to share this information with their Social Services department.
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Association News
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Survey gauging interest in retreat with LTC medical directors
(NF)

Using the results of this Summer Quality Initiative Retreat survey, IHCA will begin work on planning the Quality Initiative Retreat and send a "save the date" to all interested parties. All nursing facility members are asked to complete the brief survey.  Read More »

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National News
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Hospice and vaccines
(H)

IHCA joins NAHC in urging CMS to reconsider its policy to allow hospice agencies to administer vaccines. Read More »
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AHCA continues to urge Congress to extend Part B therapy services
(NF, HHA)

AHCA working in D.C. to secure extension for Medicare Part B therapy cap. Read More »

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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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Awards
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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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Education Calendar
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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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West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA ICAL members.
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In This Issue
Legislative Update
Spring Quarterly Conference
Reimbursement and Payment
Association News
National News
Awards
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