IHCA ICAL Bulletin September 22, 2014
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IHCA ICAL Convention
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Early bird registration ends Tuesday
(All)

Save $50 on registration fees if you sign up by Tuesday. You don't want to miss the IHCA ICAL 2014 Convention and Trade Show, September 29-October 1 in Des Moines. Read More »

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Voting ends on Tuesday
(All)

Online electronic voting closes on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, for the annual election of IHCA and ICAL Boards of Directors officers and directors. Organizations' designated voters received the ballot via email in August and was resent on Friday, September 12. Please check your inbox and cast your vote TODAY. Read More »

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The best LTPAC Trade Show in the state!
(All)

Convention attendees on Monday will have eight hours to visit with company representatives and see the latest in LTPAC technology, training and resource demonstrations. Plus...there will be prizes!! 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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Quality Improvement
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National Quality Award accepting Intent to Apply applications
(NF, AL, RCF)

Get your quality journey headed in the right direction. Join 76 other IHCA ICAL members and earn national recognition for your quality efforts! Read More »

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Upcoming webinar on Nursing Home Quality Collaborative
(NF)

Telligen is hosting a webinar for all nursing facilities to learn more about the Iowa Nursing Home Quality Collaborative. Read More »

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Complete AL performance survey by Sept. 30
(AL)

The survey will remain open until September 30, 2014 and only takes 15 minutes to complete. All completed surveys will be entered into a drawing and two lucky communities will win a $100 American Express® Gift CardRead More »
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NCAL revises Guiding Principles for Assisted Living
(AL)

NCAL has updated its Guiding Principles for Assisted Living developed to assist in providing quality care and services and promote full disclosure of information. Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA ICAL members 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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Regulatory
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Resources for SNF Part A appeals
(NF)

The IHCA Medicare Committee has collected reference guidance for nursing facilities if questions arise in the delivery of Medicare Part A skilled services.  
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DEA final rule on disposal of controlled substances
(NF, AL, RCF)

DEA issued its final rule on disposal of controlled substances which takes effect October 9, 2014. AHCA/NCAL expresses concern and encourages providers to seek legal counsel on disposal of drugs on behalf of residents. Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!
(Medicaid providers)

Protect your organization from fines by checking the updated LEIE database. The downloadable updated files and instructional videos can be found on the OIG websiteRead More »

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Payment
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Faxing documents to IME
(All)

IME has offered a contact resource for providers having difficulty faxing Level of Care assessments or other documentation. Read More »

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LUPA reimbursement methodology clarified
(HHA)

IME issues clarification on how a home health agency determines rates for services under the Home Health Services (HHS) program with the LUPA methodology. Read More »
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Health Information Technology
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IHCA IT Committee seeks your input
(All)

All members are asked to complete a very brief IHCA EMR Follow Up Survey to provide insight and direction for the IT Committee. Read More »

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Clinical
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Take flu immunization seriously
(All)

Health care worker influenza immunization is vital to protecting the vulnerable frail and elderly you serve. See these resources for more information. Read More »

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Take action to prevent spread of Enterovirus
(All)

IDPH provides information to help protect your staff and vulnerable resident/tenant/clients from Enterovirus D68. Read More »

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Marketing
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NCAL's Guiding Principles for Providing Information to Consumers
(AL, RCF)

See this updated resource from NCAL for marketing your assisted living community. Plus, check out the other resources available on the IHCA ICAL Members Only website. 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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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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Infection Prevention and Control in LTC, October 28, Iowa City
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Infection Prevention and Control in LTC, October 29, 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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NW District Education, November 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Storm Lake
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 6, West Des Moines
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NE District Education, November 6, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, November 11, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Education, November 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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SNF Medicare Review, November 13, Coralville
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Getting Prepared for QAPI, November 18, 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
Quality Improvement
Regulatory
Payment
Health Information Technology
Clinical
Marketing
National News
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