IHCA ICAL Bulletin August 18, 2014
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Quality Improvement
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INTERACT for assisted living and home health released
(AL, HHA)

INTERACT for assisted living and home health care providers is a quality improvement program designed to reduce hospital readmissions among assisted living residents and home health care clients. Our member assisted living and home health agency providers are strongly encouraged to utilize this tool in their quality improvement efforts. Read More »

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The new QIO program and beneficiary complaints
(All)

Beginning August 1, Iowa's BFCC QIO is KePro. Learn more about the new beneficiary complaint procedure. Read More »
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Advancing Excellence's hospitalization tracking tools
(NF)

These hospitalization tracking tools allow nursing facilities to document work, monitor outcomes and processes related to those outcomes. Read More »

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Reporting deadline this week
(NF)

The deadline for reporting your 2013-2014 healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza immunization data is Friday, August 22. Read More »
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Regulatory
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New license application for health care facilities
(NF, RCF)

Beginning August 1, 2014, all health care facilities licensed under Iowa Code Chapter 135C should begin using the DIA's new license application. Read More »
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Amendments to Chapters 67 and 50
(NF, AL, RCF)

Amendments to Chapter 67 and Chapter 50 affect nursing facility, assisted living, elder group home and residential care facility employers. Read More »

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Payment
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New NF Medicaid eligibility process
(NF)

DHS is launching a new new nursing facility Medicaid application process. Be sure to register for the upcoming webinar that explains the procedure. Read More »

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ICD-10 readiness survey
(NF)

IME asks providers to complete one IME ICD-10 Provider Readiness Survey #4 for each provider agreement. Read More »
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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Convention contest and photo submissions
(All)

All IHCA ICAL members are invited to participate in the Comic Book Cover Contest and to submit photos for the Convention Slideshow that feature your seniors and/or staff celebrating the heroes in your organization. Please share this information with your Activities and Social Services Departments. Read More »
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IHCA ICAL annual meeting and elections
(All)

Online electronic balloting for the annual election of IHCA and ICAL Boards of Directors officers and directors at large will begin on approximately August 29, 2014. Organizations' designated voters will receive the ballot via email. Read More »

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Meetings and elections for nurse and activity groups
(All)

The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL) and Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP) will hold their annual business meetings at the IHCA ICAL Convention on September 30. Read More »
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Association News
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2014 IHCA Foundation scholarship recipients
(All)

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients and their employers for supporting their educational pursuits! Read More »
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National Assisted Living Week
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Governor proclaims Assisted Living Week in Iowa
(AL, RCF)

Governor Terry Branstad has declared September 7-13, National Assisted Living Week in Iowa. 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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Iowa U.S. Reps support veterans' health care
(All)

IHCA is pleased that all four of Iowa's U.S. Representatives participated in a bipartisan effort to expand veterans’ access to health care services. Read More »
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Resources
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LTC Survey manual pre-orders
(NF)

Make sure your nursing facility is compliant with the latest federal regulations and order a copy todayRead More »
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Education Calendar
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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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New Nursing Facility Medicaid Application Process Review, September 10, 10-11 a.m., webinar
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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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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 16, West Des Moines
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Bronze Award Application Workshop, October 30, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 3-7, 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 Improvement
Regulatory
Payment
IHCA ICAL Convention
Association News
National Assisted Living Week
National News
Resources
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