IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 13, 2014
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Regulatory
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CMS issues HH Conditions of Participation proposed rule
(HHA)

The CMS proposed rule for Home Health Conditions of Participation in the Monday, October 6, Federal Register, will modernize the home health regulations for the first time since 1989 with a focus on patient-centered, well-coordinated care. Read More »

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Chapter 57 changes up for review
(RCF)

RCF members are asked to review changes to Chapter 57 and let ICAL know of any concerns or comments they would like shared with DIA. Read More »

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New from IME
(All)

IME has recently released four Informational Letters that will be of interest to our members. Read More »

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Updated license application for health care facilities
(NF, RCF)

DIA issues revised version of new license application. Read More »

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Minimum wage for contractors and the VA
(NF)

DOL has published the final rule implementing the provisions of Executive Order 13658 that raises the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered Federal contracts. Read More »
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Payment
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Medicare rates - October 2014
(NF)

Brighton Consulting Group has provided calculations for the Medicare rates effective October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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President signs IMPACT Act
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL President & CEO attended a signing ceremony at the White House for the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT), which will standardize data used across post-acute care settings. Read More »
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Next phase of HHQI for home health
(HHA)

Home health agencies are encouraged to register for the upcoming introductory webinar, Progressing Together: The Next Phase of HHQI on Wednesday to learn more about the newest quality improvement focus. Read More »

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AHCA refreshes LTC Trend Tracker
(NF)

Members not yet signed up for LTC Trend Tracker should utilize this exclusive member benefit! Pre-register for the new site today so you're ready when it becomes available later this week! Read More »
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National Quality Award: Submit Intent to Apply
(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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National News
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NCAL Board of Directors elected for 2014-2015 term
(AL, RCF)

ICAL is well represented on the NCAL board of directors! Read More »

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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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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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