IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 12, 2015
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Influenza Update
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Webinar on influenza update in Iowa LTC
(All)

Register now to participate in the IDPH/CADE webinar, Influenza update for long term care facilities in Iowa on Friday. Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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Medicaid reimbursement updates
(NF)

IHCA Payment Consultant, Jeff Steggerda has two Medicaid updates to share with nursing facility providers. The first relates to Medicaid payment rates and the second relates to family supplementation of Medicaid. Read More »
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DOL & VA wage issue and VA contracts webinar
(NF, AL, RCF)

Thursday's webinar, Update on VA Contracts and $10.10 Issue with DOL & VA, will give AHCA members an opportunity to have questions answered by DOL and VA officials on Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. Read More »

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Update on checking veteran status
(Medicaid providers)

DIA offered further clarification on the regulatory requirement for LTPAC providers receiving reimbursement through Medicaid to report resident veterans to IDVA. Read More »
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Part B 2015 date-of-service claims held to correct errors
(SNF)

AHCA offers updated therapy fee schedule in light of CMS announcement of claims hold for January 1-14. Read More »

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Volunteers sought for ICD-10 testing
(NF)

CMS is seeking volunteers to participate in a sample group in ICD-10 end-to-end testing during the week of April 26-May 1. Read More »
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Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver waiting list
(HCBS providers)

IME announces a waiting list for the Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver.
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NAHC's Face-to-Face lawsuit to move forward
(HHA)

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order denying Medicare’s effort to have the NAHC F2F lawsuit dismissed. Read More »
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NAHC overtime lawsuit update
(HHA)

The Federal District Court held a hearing on January 9 on NAHC's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor rules changing the "companionship services" overtime exemption. Read More »
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Two IME info letters revised
(All)

DHS has released revisions for two Informational Letters related to hospice rates and the Complex Pharmaceutical Oversight Program. Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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ACOs moving ahead: Don't be left behind
(All)

CMS has announced that 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will be joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Register for AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium
(NF, AL, RCF)

Start 2015 off right with the 7th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium: It’s Time to Roar! in Austin, Texas, February 23-25. Read More »
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Emergency and Disaster Planning
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Emergency communications plan resource

Get on the right path to developing an emergency communications plan with AHCA NCAL's new Emergency Preparedness Requires a Communications Plan guide. Read More »

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National News
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NAHCA celebrates 20 years
(All)

IHCA ICAL is proud to be among the associations that support and promote involvement for health care assistants in NAHCA. Read More »
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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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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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Nursing Leadership Program for LTC Facility Nurses, March 10-12, West Des Moines
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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, March, 18-19, 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
Influenza Update
Payment and Regulatory
Affordable Care Act
Quality Improvement
Emergency and Disaster Planning
National News
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