IHCA ICAL Bulletin November 24, 2014
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Education
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NEXT WEEK: Winter Quarterly and HCA Conference
(All)

Get registered now for the December 3 IHCA ICAL Winter Quarterly Education Conference and the Health Care Assistants Education ConferenceRead More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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OIG releases 2015 Work Plan
(All)

Learn more about the 2015 Work Plan areas of focus for nursing facilities, assisted living, home health and hospice. Read More »

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Harsh weather warrants elopement reminder
(NF, AL, RCF)

DIA is reminding providers of the importance of ensuring the safety of wandering residents, especially during the harsh winter months. Make sure your staff and visitors are informed! Read More »
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Changes to F2F beginning January 1
(HHA)

Changes to face-to-face requirements are outlined in IME Informational Letter No. 1454. Read More »

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Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) transition
(HHA)

Information and resources from CMS on the transition to the Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system. Read More »
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Medicare home health benefit
(HHA)

Upcoming provider call on certifying patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit. Read More »
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IME systems to be unavailable during upgrade
(All)

IME data and application systems will be unavailable due to an update beginning at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 26 thru at least Friday, November 28. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium registration open
(NF, AL, RCF)

Register now for the AHCA/NCAL 7th Annual Quality Symposium: It's Time to Roar! This year’s symposium is February 23-25, in Austin, Texas. Read More »
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Emergency and Disaster Planning
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Emergency preparedness tool for assisted living
(AL, RCF)

The Assisted Living Incident Command System is a simplified Incident Command System that can help assisted living providers become part of this standardized system of efficient response. Read More »

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Clinical
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Free, on-demand clinical practice webinar series
(NF, AL, RCF)

This extensive webinar series offers free, on-demand training in vital clinical areas for all members of your organization's interdisciplinary team. Read More »

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Association News
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COMS Interactive - Our newest ECSI approved vendor
(NF, AL, RCF)

ECSI announces its newest vendor partner, COMS Interactive. Learn more about COMS Interactive's processes and systems that stabilize and improve resident health while improving financial outcomes for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities.  Read More »
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Book rooms early for IHCA ICAL convention 2015
(All)

The IHCA ICAL room block at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel is now accepting reservations for the 2015 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show. 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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Resources
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New toolkit for fraud and abuse prevention
(NF, AL, RCF)

Although the new Fraud and Abuse Prevention Toolkit focuses on nursing facilities, much of the information applies to assisted livings and residential care facilities. Read More »
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Webinar series on ICD-10 transition prep
(NF)

ICD-10 transition preparation involves planning, calculating the scope of work, determining timing and the learning curve, and securing an adequate budget to accomplish the task. Many SNFs still have some work to do to meet the transition deadline of October 1, 2015. Get started with the upcoming two-part webinar, ICD-10 Team Preparation: Are you Ready?Read More »

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Reimbursement resources from AHCA/NCAL
(NF, AL, RCF)

Resources from AHCA/NCAL to help navigate a variety of Medicare and Medicaid issues.  Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 20-22, 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
Education
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Improvement
Emergency and Disaster Planning
Clinical
Association News
National News
Resources
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