IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 24, 2014
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Legislative Update
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REC reports steady revenues for FY 2015; Budget work to move forward
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State revenues' steady performance means lawmakers will not need to adjust the joint FY 15 budget targets on which the House and Senate have agreed. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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AL food rule update
(AL)

New administrative rule criteria that assisted living programs and adult day services must satisfy to avoid licensure as a food establishment. Read More »
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OASIS C-1 Data Set released
(HHA)

The OASIS-C1 Data Set was approved by OMB on February 6, 2014, and is now available from CMS. Read More »
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2014 CMP grants now available
(NF)

DHS has announced the availability of the Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Grants for 2014. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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Deadlines for open enrollment
(All)

The open enrollment period for Marketplace health insurance closes at the end of this month. Read More »
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Electronic Health Records
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EHR and fraud
(NF, AL, HHA)

Two areas of the OIG report on use of electronic health records are especially relevant to home health agencies, private duty agencies, nursing homes, and assisted living. Read More »

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Workforce
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Norovirus outbreaks: Stay home when ill
(All)

All health care workers should be reminded that when ill with vomiting or diarrhea—probably due to norovirus—stay home from work until 24 hours or more after symptoms have stopped. Read More »
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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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NURSE Corps Scholarship Program applications
(All)

Applications for the program scholarships are due by May 22. Be sure to review the application process now to ensure ample time to complete the requirements. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Participate in AHCA's 2013 Staffing Survey
(NF)

Watch for the 2013 Staffing Survey currently being sent to all nursing centers in the United States. Read More »
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Activity Services
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NNHW poster will spread the Aloha spirit
(NF)

Brighten your halls with the Living the Aloha Spirit National Nursing Home Week poster and products. Read More »

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Association News
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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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Change in date of upcoming education
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The date of the Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class has been changed to Thursday, April 17Read 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
Regulatory and Payment
Affordable Care Act
Electronic Health Records
Workforce
Quality Initiative
Activity Services
Association News
National News
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