IHCA ICAL Bulletin July 21, 2014
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Quality Improvement
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CMS restructures QIO program
(NF)

With the CMS restructure of the QIO program, Telligen has chosen to pursue the quality improvement work as a QIN-QIO. They will continue to perform clinical review work, including the Medicare appeal reviews until July 31, 2014. Read More »

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KEPRO named Iowa's QIO
(NF, HH, H)

Most skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies have received letters announcing that KEPRO has been awarded the QIO contract for the Iowa area. 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
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IHCA secures Congressmen's sign on to Medicare rebasing bill
(HHA)

Well done Iowa! IHCA worked with its partner, the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), to have Iowa Members of Congress sign on to the bill to suspend the rebasing rule for 12 months and require that CMS reassess the rule. Read More »

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Clarification on the NF QAA and hospice payment
(NF, H)

IHCA wants to share a reminder with Iowa nursing facilities on a clarification addressed by IME on Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment and Hospice. Read More »
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CMS releases Part D & hospice medication access fix
(NF, H)

CMS released interim guidance intended to address the highly problematic May 1 Guidance on Part D and Hospice Drug Coverage. Read More »
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Use PEPPER reports to monitor Medicare services
(NF)

Nursing facilities should ensure proper Medicare payments by utilizing PEPPER data. Read More »

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Workforce Regulations
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Check updated LEIE database
(Medicaid providers)

Given the penalties and recent government warnings, long term care providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis.  Read More »
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Lapsed nursing license? Now what?
(All)

A lapsed nursing license can mean a serious issue in terms of repayment for the employer. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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IHCA forms new HIT committee
(All)

With the advancing of technology at all levels of the long term care environment, the Association is initiating a Health Information Technology (HIT) committee. Read More »
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Association News
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ICAL seeking 2014-15 board candidates
(AL, RCF, HHA, HCBS, SH)

Members interested in running or nominating someone for any of the ICAL Board positions must contact a Nominating Committee member by July 23, 2014Read More »

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Solicitation for 2014-15 IHCA Board candidates
(NF)

IHCA members interested in running or nominating someone for any of the IHCA Board positions must contact a Nominating Committee member by July 23, 2014Read More »

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Awards and Programs
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Every Senior has a Story due Friday
(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. Nominations are due on Friday. Please share with your social services and activity staff. 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. Please share with your department heads and supervisory staff. Read More »

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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 for an IHCA ICAL Quality Program Award. Recognize your team's hard work! Please share with your department heads and staff leadership. 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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Resources
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Demetia care and service provider database
(All)

Providers are invited to add their listing to the Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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 REGISTRATION CLOSED
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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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, September 10, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, September 11, West Des Moines
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IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show, September 28 - October 1, 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 Improvement
Payment
Workforce Regulations
Health Information Technology
Association News
Awards and Programs
National News
Resources
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