IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 16, 2015
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CMS Five-Star Changes
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IMPORTANT: Preview your adjusted 5-Star rating before Friday
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Last week CMS announced changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System that take effect on February 20. The changes will likely impact a number of our member skilled nursing facilities' ratings, resulting in a loss of one or two stars. Here are instructions for previewing your rating and analyzing the changes.
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Resources for informing public about rating change
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New nursing facility Five-Star ratings will be made public Friday, February 20. If your rating has changed, this will give you some time to prepare to communicate the changes to the public and stakeholders. AHCA has provided a number of templates and other resources to help in your communication efforts.
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Survey
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Civil money penalty trend to be addressed in webinar
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A CMS trend of imposing daily civil money penalties with a finding of immediate jeopardy will be discussed in a FREE webinar on Friday. All IHCA member nursing facilities should plan to participate. Read More »

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Legislative Update
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Several legislative studies focus on LTC and elderly
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Focus is on policy matters at the State Capitol, as lawmakers work on policy bills prior to the first funnel deadline of March 6.  Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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Clarification offered on CPR S&C memo
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AHCA recently sought clarification from CMS on the recent CPR training requirements S&C memo. Read More »

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LTC Ombudsman Programs final rule published
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The new Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs final rule takes effect July 1, 2016. Read More »

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PASRR rule update
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Newly adopted PASRR rule amendments take effect March 1. Read More »

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Expenditures for other provider preventable conditions
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The ACA prohibits federal payments for any amount expended for health care-acquired conditions. Please review this IME letter to review the rules effective March 1, 2015. Read More »

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Funding
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Grant applications being accepted
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Proposals are now being accepted for the DHS Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative Grant. Read More »

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Report on reverse mortgage complaints
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The Office for Older Americans within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report, Snapshot of reverse mortgage complaints December 2011–2014, on reverse mortgage complaints. Read More »

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Association News
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Share your organization's RAGBRAI experience
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Members are asked to share their RAGBRAI experiences and successes with other IHCA ICAL members! Read More »

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Activity Services
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ICAP giving away free registration for activity staff
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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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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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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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, April 8, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, April 9, 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
CMS Five-Star Changes
Survey
Legislative Update
Regulatory and Payment
Funding
Association News
Activity Services
National News
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and post-acute care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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