IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 27, 2014
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Quality Initiative
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LTC Medical Directors' and Pharmacists' Conference and Retreat
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IHCA is hosting a one-of-a-kind educational retreat for nursing facility administrators, nurses, medical directors and pharmacists, July 25-27 at Lake Okoboji. Read More »
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Report your staff immunization data.
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Nursing facilities are encouraged to submit their health care personnel immunization data to the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. Read More »

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Implementing the Hospice Item Set (HIS)
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A recent NAHC webinar reviewed Implementing the HIS. The webinar recording is available for purchase. Read More »

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Association News
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Members visit The Hill at Congressional Briefing
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IHCA ICAL's nine person delegation was among the over 400 members of AHCA/NCAL that converged on Washington, D.C. last week for the annual AHCA Congressional Briefing. Read More »
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Consider running for an IHCA or ICAL board position
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Nominations are being accepted for IHCA ICAL committees and IHCA and ICAL offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Please consider adding your name to the list of nominees. Member participation is key to our association's success! Read More »

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Workforce
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Scholarship deadline this week
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Applications are being accepted for the 2014 IHCA Foundation Health Care Scholarships until Saturday. Management and owners, please share this information with your staff members. Read More »

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Still time to send caregivers to NAHCA Conference
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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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Regulatory
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The use of pasteurized/unpasteurized eggs
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CMS has made changes to guidance on egg preparation in nursing facilities. The changes are effective immediately. Read More »
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Regulatory forms for assisted living
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Forms to help assisted living members prepare for DIA visits are available on the IHCA ICAL website. Read More »

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Payment
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CMS announces OASIS-C1 plans after ICD-10 delay
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CMS has announced a new version of the OASIS is being created for implementation on January 1, 2015. Read More »

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Hospice User IDs registration now open
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Medicare-certified hospices will be required to complete and submit a Hospice Item Set (HIS) Admission record and a Hospice Item Set (HIS) Discharge record for each patient admission beginning July 1, 2014. Read More »
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HIPAA
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HIPAA summary for healthcare workers
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Here's a great tool for introducing HIPAA to new employees and to serve as a refresher for existing employees. 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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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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NW District Education, July 8, 2014, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, July 9, 2014, Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, July 15, 2014, West Liberty
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SW District Education, July 17, 2014, Atlantic
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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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In This Issue
Quality Initiative
Association News
Workforce
Regulatory
Payment
HIPAA
National News
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IHCA ICAL is dedicated to promoting quality long term
and post-acute care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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