IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 2, 2015
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Regulatory
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Webinar on upcoming 5-Star rating changes
(NF)

IHCA nursing facility members are encouraged to participate in the Tuesday webinar from AHCA regarding upcoming changes to the CMS 5-Star rating program. Read More »

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CPR staff training in nursing homes
(NF)

CMS has issued an S&C memo revision that includes information on CPR certification and Appendix PP draft guidance revisions at F155. Read More »

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CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health 5-Star
(HHA)

A Special Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, at 12:30-2:00 p.m. Central time. Read More »
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CMS issues Face-to-Face documentation template
(HHA)

CMS has unveiled a form for voluntary use that may help home health agencies understand and apply the new documentation requirements under the physician face-to-face encounter rule. Read More »
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Payment
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Member input needed on Medicaid application process
(AL)

ICAL members are asked to complete a brief survey on the timeliness of Medicaid applications for HCBS waiver programs. Read More »

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CMS ICD-10 resources
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ICD-10 transition resources from CMS. Read More »

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Census, Occupancy & CMI analysis
(NF)

IHCA Payment Consultant Jeff Steggerda offers an analysis of the 2014 second and third quarter nursing facility RUG distribution and CMI information. Read More »
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Activity Services
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Try for a free registration for activity staff
(All)

Activity staff can enter to win a free registration to the IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference. Here's how... Read More »

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Bring on the Fiesta during NNHW
(NF)

Bring on the Fiesta! with National Nursing Home Week, May 10-16. 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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National News
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Annual ID/DD residential service providers' fly-in
(ID/DD)

AHCA is hosting its annual ID/DD Hill fly-in event on March 24. Register now if you plan to attend. 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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IHCA ICAL Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 31-April 1, 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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