IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 30, 2014
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Quality
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And the AHCA/NCAL Silver Quality Award goes to...
(All)

IHCA ICAL is thrilled to congratulate it newest Silver Award recipient member facility! Read More »

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Report your staff immunization data
(NF)

Nursing facilities need to submit their health care personnel immunization data to the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. 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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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA ICAL members who receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. Read More »
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Payment and Regulatory
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Braley takes steps to correct home health rebase rule
(HHA)

Congressman Braley takes steps to help address our concerns with the CMS final home health rebasing rule. Read More »
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CMS HCBS residential setting toolkit
(AL, RCF)

ICAL recommends providers enrolled in the HCBS waiver programs review these documents to ensure their program meets the required HCBS setting characteristics. Read More »

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CMS creating five-star rating for home health providers
(HHA)

CMS has announced plans to create a five-star rating for home health agencies to launch by 2015. Read More »

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AHCA comments on adoption of 2012 Life Safety Code
(NF, AL, RCF)

The proposed rule released on April 16, 2014, would amend the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating long term care facilities and ICF/IIDs. Read More »
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Workforce
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Iowa health care assistants set the bar at NAHCA conference
(All)

Iowa shines as host of the National Association of Health Care Assistants' national conference. Read More »
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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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Health Information Technology
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Home care: EHR survey
(HHA)

Home health agencies asked to complete short survey before ICAL's July 9 meeting with CMS. Read More »

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Association News
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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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IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards accepting entries
(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 Assisted Living Week
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National Assisted Living Week products are here!
(AL)

NCAL is pleased to unveil the 2014 NALW products! Read More »
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Resources
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Educate staff to help prevent financial exploitation
(All)

Learn how your organization can protect older Americans from financial exploitation! 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, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, July 9, Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, July 15, 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, 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, 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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Your Role in Exceptional Customer Service in Healthcare, August 13, 10-11 a.m., Webinar
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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
Quality
Payment and Regulatory
Workforce
Health Information Technology
Association News
Awards and Programs
National Assisted Living Week
Resources
National News
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