IHCA ICAL Bulletin November 3, 2014
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Payment
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Home Health Prospective Payment System Rates
(HHA)

Release of Final Rule for 2015 Medicare HHPPS payment rates includes good news regarding the face-to-face requirement. Read More »
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HCBS Settings Transition Plan open for comments
(AL, HHA)

IME's HCBS Settings Transition Plan is open for comments until November 30. Read More »

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ICD-10 transition materials updated
(All)

CMS updates its Medicare Learning Network (MLN) materials on ICD-10. Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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ACOs in Iowa
(All)

Medicare, Wellmark, and Medicaid have been changing how they purchase health care and started many ACO contracts across Iowa. Providers need to learn the ins and outs, whys and what fors of ACOs to remain competitive in the health care market.  Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Complete Intent to Apply to save on fees
(NF, AL, RCF)

Save on the Quality Award Program registration fees by completing the Intent to Apply by November 13. Join 76 other IHCA ICAL members and earn national recognition for your quality efforts! Read More »

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Awards
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Patient Safety Award nominations open
(All)

Organizations are invited to submit nominations for the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Patient Safety Award. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL Convention
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AHCA/NCAL convention CEUs and photos available
(NF, AL, RCF)

Attendees and award recipients at the AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual Convention & Expo, can find instructions for accessing CEUs and purchasing event photos here. Read More »
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Activities
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NNHW theme announced
(NF)

The theme for National Nursing Home Week 2015 is revealed! Let the planning begin! Please share with your Activity Department staff! 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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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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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Provider Self-Assessment, November 10, 2:00 - 3:00, webinar
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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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Health Care Assistants Education Conference, December 3, Des Moines
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Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 3, Des Moines   
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Financial Management for Independent Providers, December 4, Des Moines
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Restorative Nursing Program, December 10, 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
Payment
Affordable Care Act
Quality Improvement
Awards
AHCA/NCAL Convention
Activities
National News
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