IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 2, 2014
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Quality Initiative
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Iowa adds 14 national Bronze award recipients!
(NF, AL, RCF)

Congratulations to the 14 IHCA ICAL member facilities that have been announced as recipients of the AHCA NCAL 2014 National Quality Bronze Award! Read More »

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

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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Payment and Regulatory
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Cong. Loebsack co-sponsors the Home Health Rebasing Relief & Reassessment Act
(HHA)

We are pleased to learn that Congressman Loebsack is cosponsoring a bill that would suspend the CMS home health rebasing rule for 12 months and require CMS to reassess the rule and ensure access to home health care services. Read More »
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CMS Open Door Forum on home health and hospice issues
(HHA, H)

The CMS Open Door Forum Call on Home Health & Hospice held May 28 included discussion on the OASIS-C1 implementation beginning January 1, 2015 (postponed from October 1, 2014), its implementation, conversion to the submission process, and the payment grouper.  Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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IRS employer cash contributions to help employees
(All)

An IRS question and answer clarifies the penalties for employer cash contributions to help employees with ACA health plan costs. Read More »

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AHCA is offering two free ACA webinars
(All)

Two upcoming FREE webinars from AHCA will cover two important aspects of the Affordable Care Act for employers. Read More »

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Environmental Services
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Two product recalls for LTPAC providers to note
(All)

Two recalls have been issued on products that may be of use by LTPAC providers. Please be sure to have your environmental services staff review both to ensure the safety of your residents/tenants. Read More »
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Workforce
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Still time to send caregivers to NAHCA Conference
(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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Association News
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Solicitation for 2014 IHCA Board candidates
(NF)

The 2014-2015 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) members in good standing who are interested in running for a position on the IHCA Board of Directors. Read More »
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Solicitation for 2014 ICAL Board candidates
(AL, RCF, HHA, HCBS, SH)

The 2014-2015 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) members in good standing who are interested in running for a position on the ICAL Board of Directors. 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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Medicare Review for Home Health, July 19, 2014, West Des Moines
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2014 Healthcare Quality Conference, July 23, 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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In This Issue
Quality Initiative
Payment and Regulatory
Affordable Care Act
Environmental Services
Workforce
Association News
National News
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