IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 22, 2014
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Regulatory and Payment
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IME letter on Medicaid provider enrollment fee
(Medicaid providers)

IME announces a federal application fee for newly enrolling and re-enrolling organizational providers effective January 1, 2015. Read More »
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CMS issues final Medicaid HCBS guidance
(HCBS providers)

CMS Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) settings final rule guidance documents were issued last week. Read More »
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Clarification on VA Contract and $10.10 Wage
(NF, HHA, H)

Late last Friday, AHCA received guidance on the VA contract and $10.10 wage increase issues and provided further explanation to members. Read More »

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New grouper release for XML format
(HHA)

NAHC has notified us of an urgent message from CMS regarding the HHPPS grouper. Read More »

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Update on Medicare Advantage enrollment fees and resources
(NF)

IHCA has received new information from CMS and AHCA on the permissibility of charging an enrollment fee. Read More »
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HCBS elderly waiver comments
(HCBS)

Members can send their comments on amendments to the elderly waiver to IHCA ICAL to be included in our comments to IME. Read More »

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Congress asks CMS to justify F2F policy
(HHA)

With face-to-face requirements scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015, Congress’ report is the latest in a series of requests that CMS reevaluate its face-to-face requirements. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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NAHC response to 5 star rating system
(HHA)

NAHC invites all IHCA member home health agencies to view a free video web event on the CMS proposed initiative for a home health star rating system. Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety
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Clarification on CMS letter on power strips use
(NF)

The CMS S&C letter permits categorical waivers for power strips use in patient care areas, but has required further clarification. IHCA has secured needed clarification from DIA and AHCA experts. Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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IME receives award to implement Medicaid ACOs
(All)

With new funding, IME is moving forward with Medicaid ACOs. Providers need to prepare and stay informed. Read More »

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Clinical
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Cardiac health initiative from Telligen
(HHA)

Telligen is working to bring home health care providers together to participate in the cardiac health project. Read More »
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Resources
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Updated NCAL Guiding Principles for Dementia Care
(AL)

NCAL has released an updated version of the Guiding Principles for Dementia CareRead More »
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Easter Seals seeks equipment donations
(All)

Did you know that durable medical equipment that is no longer needed can be donated to Easter Seals Iowa? Here's how to do it! Read More »
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Health care events calendar: Great resource for activities!

The 2015 National Health Care Events calendar is a great resource for organization promotions and activity planning, so be sure to share it with your department heads, especially Activity Services. 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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Association News
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Happy Holidays from IHCA ICAL

Happy Holidays to all of our IHCA ICAL members! Our office will be closed in observance of both holidays. 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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NW District Education, February 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Storm Lake
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NE District Education, February 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, February 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., West Liberty
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MDS 3.0 Update Class, February 11, West Des Moines
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SW District Education, February 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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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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West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA ICAL members.
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Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.
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In This Issue
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Improvement
Life and Fire Safety
Affordable Care Act
Clinical
Resources
National News
Association News
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