IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 7, 2014
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Legislative Update
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Budget bills advance; session end is near
(All)

Members are asked to contact their House Representatives to express the impact of not including funding for rebase shortfall and HCBS Elderly Waiver in the State budget. Please respond to the Call to Action you received on Friday. It is imperative that lawmakers, especially in the House, hear from constituents! Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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Don't be left behind in ICD-10 transition!
(All)

The ICD-10 transition delay doesn't mean a delay in preparation for long term and home health service providers! Read More »

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Part B therapy service benefit stabilized by Congress
(NF, HHA)

A one-year extension of the Medicare Part B therapy services benefit was made official by President Obama. Read More »

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Medicare update
(HHA, H)

Keep up on Medicare updates for home health agencies and hospice providers!
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AL food service policies and procedures
(AL)

The new Food Code has raised new issues in assisted living surveys. ICAL discussed members' concerns with DIA and received copies of several documents to help providers ensure they meet survey requirements.  Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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PPACA hot topic checklist
(All)

ECSI vendor Independent Insurance Services has provided a checklist to help members navigate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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Webinar explains importance of joining PSO to improve AL quality
(AL)

ICAL has been urging all assisted living members to join the PSO. A FREE webinar next week will explain more about the PSO and how your AL could benefit by joining.  Read More »

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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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Patient Safety Culture Survey - a great opportunity
(NF)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is accepting submissions on its Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database from April 1-21, 2014. This is a great resource for facilities working on the AHCA Silver or Gold Quality Awards. Read More »

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Free customized data reports help home health QI efforts
(HHA)

Monthly data reports are valuable tool in Home Health Quality Improvement process. Read More »

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Scholarships and Awards
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Scholarships for upcoming national health care assistant conference
(All)

Let IHCA Foundation scholarships help send your health care assistants to the 2014 NAHCA National Conference in Altoona in June. To apply for a scholarship, click here. Applications must be received by April 30, 2014. Read More »

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IHCA Foundation 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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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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Association News
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AHCA elections and solicitation for candidates
(NF)

The 2014-2015 election cycle has officially opened for AHCA members in good standing interested in running for the AHCA Board of Governors. Please contact Steve Ackerson or Cindy Baddeloo if you are interested in running for a position. Read More »

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Seeking candidates for NCAL Board of Directors
(AL, RCF)

ICAL members interested in running for a 2014-2015 National Center for Assisted Living Board of Directors position should submit their applications by Monday, June 2. 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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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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Nursing Leadership Program for NF Nurses, 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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NW District Education, May 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Storm Lake 
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NE District Education, May 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.,  Waterloo
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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, May 13-14, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., West Des Moines
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SE District Education, May 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., West Liberty 
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SW District Education, May 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic 
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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
Quality Initiative
Scholarships and Awards
Association News
National News
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