IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 17, 2014
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Legislative Update
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Second funnel deadline passes
(All)

With the second funnel week done, focus is on completing the budget and policy bills. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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OIG report on adverse events
(NF)

The study is intended to identify, define and categorize adverse events, determine the extent to which these events were preventable, and measure the cost of these events to the Medicare program. The results exemplify why nursing facility providers should be working toward the Quality Initiative re-hospitalization reduction goal! Read More »

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Make the most of HHQI education and resources
(HHA)

HHQI education and resources are free to all home health agencies that join this important CMS initiative for quality improvement. Read More »
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Guidelines for providing dental services
(NF)

These guidelines offer information and guidance to consider before entering into a contract with a provider and in the continuous evaluation of providers. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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CMS posts survey guidance on alternate sanctions
(HHA)

CMS guidance for State Agencies (SAs) and CMS Regional Offices (ROs) on imposing sanctions and the informal dispute resolution process (IDR), with a revised SOM Chapter 2 and a new Chapter 9. Read More »
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DHS clarifies Medicaid documentation requirement
(NF)

Specifications for documentation sent to DHS Centralized Facility Eligibility for Medicaid eligibility processing. Read More »

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Coordination of hospice services with Medicaid providers
(AL, HHA, H)

A new IME letter outlines the use of care plans to coordinate services between Medicaid service providers. Read More »
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ETP claim submission process
(All)

IME Informational Letter clarifies the electronic and paper claim submission process for approved Exception to Policy (ETP) requests. Read More »

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Excluded providers rules and resources
(Medicaid providers)

Here is a reminder on meeting federal rules related to providers who are excluded from participation in the Medicaid program. IHCA ICAL has links and resources to help providers meet these requirements. Read More »
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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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Health care scholarship applications now available
(All)

Applications are now available for the 2014 IHCA Foundation Health Care Scholarships. Management and owners, please share this information with your staff members. Read More »

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America's top home care and hospice nurses
(HHA)

HHNA is accepting nominations for top nurses from across the country. The submission deadline is March 28. Read More »

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Social media policy and training
(All)

Employer resources for creating policies and employee training for maintaining professional standards in today's new media environments. Read More »

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Activity Services
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NNHW products now available
(NF)

Get into Living the Aloha Spirit with year’s National Nursing Home Week theme and products. Read More »
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Association News
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Change in date of upcoming education
(AL)

The date of the Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class has been changed to Thursday, April 17Read More »
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Media ads now available for members' use
(All)

The next phase of the IHCA ICAL Public Relations campaign is ready to roll. Our members now have available to them print ads that can be customized for your organization to use in the local newspaper or through other media outlets. Read More »
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National News
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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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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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Home Health - Reflection and Direction: Leadership Skills for Success, April 16, webinar
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Assisted Living REGULATORY Nurse Class, April 17, West Des Moines
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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
Legislative Update
Quality Initiative
Regulatory and Payment
Workforce
Activity Services
Association News
National News
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