IHCA ICAL Bulletin September 2, 2014
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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. The deadline for photo submission is September 5. Please share this information with your Activities and Social Services Departments. Read More »

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

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Meetings and elections for nurse and activity groups
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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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Payment
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CMS resolves Common Working File issue
(NF)

Organizations doing their own billing as well as billing consultants that have received a claim bypass edit, now have an explanation from CMS. Read More »

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Corrected ID number for ICD 9 webinar
(HHA)

CMS has issued a corrected conference ID number for OASIS-C1/ICD9 webinar on Wednesday. Read More »

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New NF Medicaid eligibility process
(NF)

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

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Regulatory
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IME letters related to pharmacy issues
(All)

Medicaid providers will want to review these IME letters related to pharmacy issues. Read More »

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Resources to provide oral health care for seniors
(NF)

Learn more about the Lifelong Smiles Coalition and how it can help provide oral health care for Iowa's frail and elderly living in nursing facilities. Read More »

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Check updated LEIE database
(Medicaid)

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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Influenza Update
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CDC's 2014-15 flu Vaccine Information Statements
(All)

Flu season is approaching fast. Get started with protecting your staff and residents/tenants/clients with the CDC's latest update on the flu vaccine.  Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Important AL performance survey
(AL)

The information provided by the data collected helps support the assisted living profession’s advocacy efforts on state and national levels. Read More »
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Resources
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Updated PT guide is FREE for limited time
(All)

The APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 3.0 is being offered FREE online during September only. Please share this with your physical therapy staff and/or providers. Read More »

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Webinar event on fall prevention
(NF)

AHCA's week-long webinar event, Falls Management & Prevention, September 22-25, will provide a wide array of insights into protecting residents. Read More »

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Seniors' voting rights
(All)

Providers should be aware of voting rights of seniors living in the long term care continuum. See these informational guides provided by the Iowa Ombudsman's Office. 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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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
IHCA ICAL Convention
Payment
Regulatory
Influenza Update
Quality Improvement
Resources
National News
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