IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 9, 2015
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Quality
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IMPORTANT: Changes coming to CMS 5-Star ratings
(NF)

Nursing facilities should not miss the important CMS Open Door Forum and AHCA webinars on changes coming to the CMS 5-star rating program in staffing and quality measure rating calculations.  Read More »

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Survey measures home health care experiences
(HHA)

Medicare-certified home health agencies are encouraged by CMS to participate in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Home Health Care Survey (HHCAHPS). Read More »

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2014 NCAL Performance Measure Survey Report released
(AL)

The report analyzes data associated with quality of care and strengthening the assisted living workforce. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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IHCA ICAL meets with leaders and Governor's staff
(All)

IHCA ICAL staff and lobbyists have met with key lawmakers to request support of the Governor's recommendations for rebasing for nursing facilities and home health, as well as, an increase for the HCBS elderly waiver. Read More »

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Payment
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CMS resumes Part B Therapy Manual Medical Review
(NF)

Skilled nursing facilities and their clinical and billing staff need to be aware of and prepare for the Medicare Part B therapy manual medical review (MMR) program resuming immediately. Read More »

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Medicare updates pneumococcal vaccine coverage

CMS has updated Medicare coverage requirements to align with ACIP's updated pneumococcal vaccine recommendation. Read More »

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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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2015 updates to federal poverty guidelines
(All)

Federal poverty guidelines update also reflects on dual-eligible standards. Read More »

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CMS to begin matching OASIS with claims
(HHA)

CMS announces payment codes on home health claims will be matched against patient assessments beginning April 1. Read More »
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Coding changes and guidelines for ICD-10-CM
(Medicaid providers)

New claims editing and/or payment changes that will take effect on October 1, 2015, when IME implements the ICD-10 code set. Make sure your organization is well informed and prepared. Read More »

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Changes in Coventry's Medicare Advantage
(NF)

Recent changes in Coventry's Medicare Advantage plan have raised many questions for IHCA ICAL members who hold provider contracts with Coventry. Read More »
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Call scheduled to discuss F2F documentation template
(HHA)

CMS schedules February 11 open door forum call to hear feedback on 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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Association News
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How have you made the most of RAGBRAI?
(All)

Share your RAGBRAI experiences and successes with other IHCA ICAL members! Read More »

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Workforce
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NAHCA launches Advanced Preceptor Course
(All)

The new online class aims to enhance health care assistant training and increase retention. Read More »
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ACHP and NAHCA announce scholarship contest
(All)

ACHP and NAHCA are offering a scholarship for the 2015 NAHCA Annual Conference in Des Moines, June 10-11, 2015. 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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National News
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President's budget proposal
(NF)

AHCA has provided a summary of President Obama's budget and how it would affect skilled nursing. Read More »

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Two upcoming AHCA NCAL conferences
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA NCAL is offering two exceptional conferences in the next few weeks. 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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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 Registration Closed
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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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Home Health Care Spring 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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Quality
Legislative Update
Payment
Association News
Workforce
Activity Services
National News
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