IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 26, 2015
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Legislative Update
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Lawmakers off the quick start on policy and budget work
(All)

The second week of the Legislative session focused on lawmakers reviewing the Governor's recommendations for Medicaid and the introduction of several policy bills.  Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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Webinar on major incident reporting requirements
(HCBS providers)

HCBS Quality Oversight is hosting the webinar, HCBS Waiver Incident Reporting Training, on Tuesday. Register in advance to participate in this important training. Read More »

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Recommendations for complying with F2F rules
(HHA)

NAHC has offered a summary of the CMS requirements for the revised face-to-face (F2F) requirements. Read More »

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Changes in drug coverage for hospice care
(NF, RCF, HHA, H)

IME has announced changes in the medications Iowa Medicaid will cover for Medicaid recipients enrolled in hospice through Pharmacy Point of Sale. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA ICAL members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. Read More »
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Health Information Technology
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Free IHIN subscription being offered
(NF)

The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) is offering a free subscription for 2015 to long term care providers. Read More »

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Iowa e-Health Summit dates announced
(All)

Save the date for the upcoming Iowa e-Health Summit. Read More »
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National News
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NAHC submits comments on the Five Star Rating System
(HHA)

NAHC submitted comments that addressed three main areas of concern with the CMS proposed star rating system: the selected measures; the calculation methodology; and the next steps. 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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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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AANAC RAC-CT Re-Certification Program, March, 25, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 13-17, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 16, West Des Moines
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ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 22-23, 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
Legislative Update
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Improvement
Health Information Technology
National News
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