IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 3, 2014
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Quality Initiative
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AHCA/NCAL announces 2014 Recognition Program
(NF, AL)

AHCA NCAL looks forward to honoring even more Iowa members for their success in their Quality Initiative goals in 2014. Read More »
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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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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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Reimbursement and Payment
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Outpatient therapy rates in SNF
(NF)

IME has clarified the payment policy for therapy rates to skilled nursing facilities. Read More »
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HHA members input needed on VA physicians ordering services
(HHA)

Our home health agency members are asked to help NAHC gather information on VA physicians who are ordering home health service, but are not enrolling in Medicare. Read More »

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Questions to CMS on impact of the RAC 'pause'
(NF, HHA)

AHCA and NAHC have sought further clarification from CMS on its announced ‘pause’ in Recovery Auditor pre- and post-payment review activities. Read More »
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Workforce
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Change in SING criminal record check process
(All)

A significant change has been made in how employers will receive reports of suspected criminal history from DCI via the SING website.  Read More »

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President raises minimum wage for federal contractors
(All)

Health care providers who participate in Medicare or Medicaid are generally not considered “federal contractors” and should not be subject to the new minimum wage requirements. However... Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety
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2014 Life and Fire Safety Conference Q & A
(NF, AL, RCF))

Presenters from the Life and Fire Safety Conference have compiled a Q & A for IHCA ICAL members. Read More »

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Association News
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Upcoming AL and HHA member calls
(AL, HHA)

There's a change in the ICAL Monthly Member Call on Friday, March 21. Read More »

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Discount registration for NAHC conference
(HHA, H)

IHCA and NAHC are offering a $50 discount for 2014 NAHC March on Washington Conference & Exposition. Register by March 20! Read More »

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Legislative Update
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Leadership meetings precede budget talks
(All)

IHCA ICAL leaders meet with legislative leaders regarding members' budget priorities. Read More »

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National News
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AHCA advocacy efforts target SGR deadline
(NF)

AHCA has numerous meetings planned with the key Congressional leaders who will be driving legislative decisions in March. Read More »
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U.S. News and World Report annual SNF rankings
(NF)

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings on skilled nursing care centers, based on rankings from CMS’ Five-Star Ratings System, names all five-star rated facilities a “best nursing home”. 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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Education Calendar
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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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MDS 3.0 for the Health Care Assistant, April 22, 1-2 p.m., webinar
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INTERACT Boot Camp- Reducing Acute Care Transfers, April 30, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., West Des Moines
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SNF Medicare Review, May 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 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
Quality Initiative
Reimbursement and Payment
Workforce
Life and Fire Safety
Association News
Legislative Update
National News
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