IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 8, 2014
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Clinical
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Antivirals recommended in light of virus changes
(All)

Because of changes in the influenza virus, CDC is emphasizing the importance of antiviral medication use for treatment and prevention of influenza, as an adjunct to vaccination. Read More »

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Payment and Financials
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Update and upcoming webinar on VA issues
(NF)

AHCA has announced a free webinar on Thursday to discuss the VA provider agreement and the $10.10 issue. Read More »

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QIO update from KEPRO
(NF)

Reminder to providers to update their paperwork to list KEPRO as contact for discharge appeals and to complete MOAs if needed. Read More »
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Therapy reassessment requirement effective date corrected
(HHA)

CMS has issued an official correction to the effective date for the revised therapy reassessment requirement. Read More »
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Part B therapy cap updates

CMS releases Therapy Cap values for 2015. Read More »

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New from IME
(All)

IME recently released two Informational Letters that relate to our member organizations' operations. Read More »

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Medicare home health study
(HHA)

CMS report suggests certain Medicare beneficiary characteristics, such as care needs, may create financial incentives for home health agencies to select certain patients over others. Read More »
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Medicare Advantage enrollment fees and resources
(NF)

IHCA has reached out to AHCA and CMS for guidance on the permissibility of Medicare Advantage enrollment fees as well as other concerns. Skilled nursing facilities needing to learn more about Medicare Advantage, should start with AHCA's online resources. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Change of ownership rule proposed changes
(AL, EGH, AD)

DIA has proposed another change to the current assisted living, adult day services, and elder group home regulations in Chapters 68, 69, 70. Read More »
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OSHA final rule for recording/reporting requirements
(All)

The final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements is effective on January 1, 2015, for Federal Plan States. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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SNFs: Report your immunization data by Dec. 15
(NF)

The deadline for skilled nursing facilities to report their healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza immunization data is December 15! Don’t miss the chance to get credit for work you are already doing to protect your staff and patients against healthcare associated infections! Read More »
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New quality resource guide from AHCA/NCAL
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL's new Quality Resource Guide as a comprehensive guide to the quality resources available on the AHCA 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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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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