IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 10, 2014
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Workforce
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Scholarships for NAHCA National Convention in Altoona
(All)

Let IHCA Foundation scholarships help send your health care assistants to the 2014 NAHCA National Conference in Altoona in June. APPLY NOW! Read More »

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Webinars address new nurse training
(All)

Learn more about how your organization can participate in a new program helping nursing graduates transition in the long term care and services settings. Read More »

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Legislative Update
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Budget targets released; second funnel deadline this week
(All)

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

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National Update
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Proposed federal budget raises concerns
(NF, HHA)

Long term care and home health services national organizations voice opposition to President's proposed budget. Read More »

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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week

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

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Reimbursement and Payment
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Improve claim approval rates with better FTF documentation
(HHA)

Seventy-five percent of Home Health Medicare claims reviewed between July and December were denied because of insufficient FTF documentation. Read More »

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Changes coming to VA provider agreements
(NF)

The VA is making significant changes to nursing facility provider agreements.
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Medicaid eligibility and attribution of resources
(NF)

DHS shares insight into planning for couples in potential need of Medicaid services. Read More »

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Case mix and census data sheds light on Iowa NFs
(NF)

Summary by IHCA ICAL Payment Consultant Jeff Steggerda of the updated census and CMI information from IME. Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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Resources for working with ACOs
(NF)

Free resources for SNFs to learn more about Medicare Advantage and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Read More »
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HIPPA
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Model notices of privacy practices
(All)

HHS has model notice of privacy practices available to help improve patient experience and understanding. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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CMS revises Emergency Preparedness Checklist
(NF)

Checklist updates provide more detailed guidance about patient/resident tracking, supplies and collaboration. Read More »
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Activity Services
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Celebrating NNHW: Living the Aloha Spirit
(NF)

The NNHW website is loaded with tons of ideas for planning your NNHW activities! Read More »

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Consumer Resources
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VA Blue Button initiative
(All)

Blue Button empowers patients to access, use, and share their health information more easily. Learn more... Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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
Workforce
Legislative Update
National Update
Reimbursement and Payment
Affordable Care Act
HIPPA
Emergency Preparedness
Activity Services
Consumer Resources
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