IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 20, 2014
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Emergency and Disaster Planning - Ebola
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Educate and prepare for Ebola
(All)

Iowa providers and their staff should proceed with an abundance of caution regarding potential outbreaks of Ebola. We may think Iowa is insulated from this virus, but recent news reports indicate otherwise. Travelers from countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks are currently in Iowa.  Read More »

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Regulatory
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More insight into minimum wage for VA contractors
(NF)

AHCA offers additional insight into the final rule implementing the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered Federal contracts. Read More »
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Time to review home health compliance plans
(HHA)

Home health providers encouraged to do a proactive review of compliance plans. Read More »
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Make sure extinguishers are UL listed
(NF, AL, RCF)

Reports of unapproved fire extinguishers being sold by Nebraska company. Read More »

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Payment
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LUPA and cost reports
(HHA)

Informational letter discusses LUPA and cost reports for home health providers. Read More »

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New Medicaid application process handouts from DHS
(NF)

DHS has provided the documents from the New Nursing Facility Medicaid Application Process webinar held last month. Read More »

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Updated dual eligibles fact sheet
(All)

CMS has issued a revised version of the fact sheet on issues related to beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Read More »

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2015 Medicare premiums and deductibles
(All)

The 2015 Medicare premiums and deductibles have been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read More »

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Medicare updates and reminders from CGS
(HHA, H)

Find out what CGS wants home health and hospice providers to know on the latest from Medicare. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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QIN QIO Iowa kick off webinar
(NF)

Telligen's upcoming webinar will introduce the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO). Read More »

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HHQI Phase 4 kick-off webinar
(HHA)

Learn what HHQI has in store for Phase 4 of its national quality campaign for home health providers. Read More »

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Get ready to make the Bronze leap!
(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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Health Information Technology
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Connecting care coordination electrocially
(NF, HHA, RCF)

Get connected to Iowa hospitals' care coordination efforts with IHIN's health information exchange. 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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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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Home Health Care Conference, November 19, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Managers Annual Education Conference, November 20, 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
Emergency and Disaster Planning - Ebola
Regulatory
Payment
Quality Improvement
Health Information Technology
National News
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