IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 23, 2014
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Regulatory and Payment
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Memory care in RCF
(RCF)

DIA has adopted a rule that would establish the special classification for a memory care unit within a RCF. Read More »
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New mechanical code adopted
(NF, H)

IDPH has adopted the new State Mechanical Code that affects nursing facilities and hospice providers. Read More »

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Physicians certifying HHA services
(HHA)

Effective July 1, 2014, Phase 2 ordering and referring denial edits will apply to attending physicians and certifying physicians. Read More »

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New provider manuals released
(NF, RCF, HHA)

The Iowa Department of Human Services has issued new Medicaid manuals for nursing facilities, residential care facilities and home health services. Read More »
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IME announces pharmacy changes
(All)

IME letter reviews Medicaid pharmacy changes. Read More »
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Webinar on waiver and habilitation services
(HCBS providers)

An upcoming DHS webinar, HCBS 101 Training, will address HCBS Waiver and Habilitation Services. Read More »

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New CMS Provider Relations Coordinator
(NF, HHA)

The CMS Provider Relations Coordinator has been established to help increase program transparency and efficiency of the medical review process. Read More »

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For Employee Satisfaction Surveys, see BCG Research
(NF, AL)

Let BCG Research be the resource for your Employer Satisfaction Surveys. They've been IHCA ICAL's preferred vendor for over 10 years! Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!
(Medicaid providers)

Iowa Medicaid providers are strongly encouraged to consistently check the "excluded individuals" lists for not only new or potential employees, but existing employees as well. The lists are updated regularly. Here are the links and forms recommended by our legal consultant Davis Brown Law. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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Medicaid ACOs in Iowa
(All)

ACOs continue to grow in Iowa. Read More »

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Emergency and Disaster Planning
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Will your organization be ready?
(NF, AL, RCF)

Disaster planning and preparedness is always in season! Check out these resources to ensure your organization is ready when needed! Read More »

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Workforce
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Salary and benefit survey
(HHA, H)

Home health and hospice providers are encouraged to participate in the 2014 salary and benefits survey. Access the forms here... Read More »

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Direct care worker survey
(All)

Please help by completing - and recruiting others to complete - the Direct Service Worker (DSW) Survey. Read More »

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Association News
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Iowas at Future Leaders and Ambassadors training
(All)

Two Iowans participated in the recent AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders and Political Ambassadors training in Washington D.C. Read More »

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Solicitation for 2014-15 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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ICAL seeking 2014-15 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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Awards and Programs
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Entries being accepted for IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards
(All)

If your organization has a program that "works" - whether it's new or old - submit it the IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards. Recognize your team's hard work! Read More »

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Excellence in LTPAC Awards - Recognize your staff
(All)

The IHCA ICAL Long Term and Post-Acute Care Excellence Awards are a great way to recognize the top notch people in your organization. Your organization administration, staff, residents and even vendors are invited to nominate staff members in the categories found here. Read More »

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Every Senior has a Story now accepting nominations
(All)

The 2014 Every Senior has a Story program will recognize Iowa’s wonderful seniors and put a face on those served by IHCA nursing facilities and ICAL assisted living programs, residential care facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies. Learn more about how to submit a nomination. 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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Join AHCA/NCAL for Fall in D.C.
(NF, AL, RCF)

Register now for the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo being held in Washington D.C. this fall. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Critical Thinking in Healthcare, July 16, 10-11 a.m., Webinar
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SW District Education, July 17, 2014, Atlantic
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2014 Healthcare Quality Conference, July 23, West Des Moines
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Medicare Review for Home Health, July 29, 2014, West Des Moines
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Dementia Care Conference - featuring Teepa Snow, July 31, West Des Moines
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Healthcare Leadership Conference, August 13, West Des Moines
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review for A.L.s and R.C.F.s, August 20, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 21, West Des Moines
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Social Services Conference, August 27, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
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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
Regulatory and Payment
Affordable Care Act
Emergency and Disaster Planning
Workforce
Association News
Awards and Programs
National News
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