IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 15, 2014
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Regulatory and Payment
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Provider Medicaid integrity rules additions finalized
(NF, HCBS)

DHS has updated rules governing Medicaid providers and program integrity in Iowa found in Chapter 79, “Other Policies Relating to Providers of Medical and Remedial Care,” Iowa Administrative Code effective January 1, 2015. Read More »
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VA contracts and $10.10 wage update
(NF, HH, H)

A summary of AHCA's webinar meeting with the VA and DOL held last week. Read More »

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Open forum on home health star ratings
(HHA)

CMS is hosting an open forum on Wednesday on adding star ratings to the Home Health Compare website. Read More »

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Chapter 57 RCF rules effective January 14
(RCF)

ICAL offers a summary overview of changes to Chapter 57 governing residential care facilities. Read More »
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RCF rate and allowance increases
(RCF)

DHS announced the per diem rate and allowance for RCF assistance recipients for 2015. Read More »
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New from IME
(All)

Two recent Informational Letters have been released related to the Medicaid eligibility review date and a new pharmaceutical oversight program. Read More »

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Influenza Update
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Toolkit for Long Term Care Employers
(All)

The new Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers is designed to help increase influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long term care settings. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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Three steps to successful EHR implementation
(All)

This recent article provides insight into improving electronic health records implementation in long term and post-acute care in light of the growth of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care delivery models. Read More »
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Emergency and Disaster Planning
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Guidance for active shooter incident
(AL, RCF)

Report recommends providers use the National Incident Management System's (NIMS) resources when creating emergency plans related to active shooter incidents and other hostile threats. Read More »

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Workforce training
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Gero Nurse Prep course gives RNs a competitive edge
(All)

Don’t let this great opportunity pass by. AHCA/NCAL’s Gero Nurse Prep program is offering a $100 savings on all course registrations. 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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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 20-22, West Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Update Class, February 11, West Des Moines
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2015, February 16-17, Carroll   
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Life Safety/Fire Safety 2015, February 18-19, Coralville   
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Fall Prevention Workshop, March 4, 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
Regulatory and Payment
Influenza Update
Health Information Technology
Emergency and Disaster Planning
Workforce training
National News
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