IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 19, 2014
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Regulatory
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Factors used by DIA to determine fines
(All)

Review Chapter 481-56, to see the factors the Department uses to determine if the circumstances surrounding a rule violation and the amount of the fine. Read More »
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CMS issues infection control guidance
(NF)

CMS has made revisions to the interpretive guidance under Tag F441, Infection Control. Read More »

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LEIE list updated
(Medicaid providers)

Due to the penalties and repeated government warnings, long term care providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis. Read More »
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Payment
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Iowa Medicaid begins HCBS transition plan
(All HCBS providers)

The ICAL HCBS Payment Committee and NCAL’s reimbursement specialist is reviewing Iowa’s transition plan and comparing it with other states’ activity. Members can submit comments to ICAL by May 27. Public meetings are being held statewide beginning this week and ICAL members are encouraged to attend. Read More »

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PEPPER reports now available
(NF)

Skilled nursing facilities can now access their Q4FY13 Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). Read More »
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3rd quarter RUG distribution comparison report
(NF)

IHCA Payment Consultant, Jeff Steggerda, has provided a 3rd quarter RUG Distribution Comparison report for our members' information. Read More »
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CMS Open Door Forum: Template for Home Health F2F
(HHA)

CMS has developed a list of clinical elements within a Suggested Electronic Clinical Template that would assist physicians when documenting the Home Health (HH) face-to-face encounter for Medicare purposes. Learn more and offer feedback in tomorrow's webinar. Read More »

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Top medical review denials
(HHA, H)

Webinars for home health and hospice cover the medical review process, top denials in the last six months, and how to avoid denials with using required documentation. Read More »

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Property tax reform coming in 2015
(NF, RCF, AL)

Property tax reform begins in 2015. Here are some things to consider as the rollback takes effect. Read More »

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Quality Initiative
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LTC Medical Directors' and Pharmacists' Conference and Retreat
(NF)

IHCA is hosting a one-of-a-kind educational retreat is for nursing facility administrators, nurses, medical directors and pharmacists, July 25-27 at Lake Okoboji. Read More »
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Free INTERACT webinars
(NF)

AHCA has two on-demand webinars - free to members - that can help your organization on its quality journey. Read More »
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HIPAA
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Windows XP users: HIPAA impact
(All)

Microsoft’s end of technical support for Windows XP effective in April could expose healthcare providers continuing to use Windows XP to potential HIPAA liability. Read More »
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Health Information Technology
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Iowa e-Health Summit registration open
(NF)

Iowa e-Health Summit attendees can learn more about Iowa's goals, objectives and strategies for improving healthcare through information technology. Read More »
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Workforce
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NAHCA Conference: An opportunity not to be missed!
(All)

It's not very often a national conference for health care assistants comes to Iowa! Don't miss this opportunity to support your caregivers! Read More »

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Scholarships for health care related degrees
(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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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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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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Strategies to Avoid Using Antipsychotic Drugs, June 10, 10-11 a.m., webinar
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Dietary Managers Conference, June 11, West Des Moines
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 17, Prairie Meadows Events Center, Altoona
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SNF Medicare Review, June 18, West Des Moines
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Dementia Care Conference - featuring Teepa Snow, July 31, 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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Quality Initiative
HIPAA
Health Information Technology
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