IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 23, 2015
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CMS Five-Star Changes
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Communicating Five-Star rating changes to the public
(NF)

CMS released changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System to the public last week. The result is a loss of one or two stars for a good number of skilled nursing facilities. Learn more about media reaction and resources for members in communicating the changes to consumers and business partners. Read More »

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Legislative Update
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Significant activity at Hill could impact LTC
(All)

We continue to monitor several important issues that could impact long term care in Iowa including the Request for Proposal (RFP) related to Medicaid managed care released by DHS. Read More »
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Regulatory and Payment
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PASRR and Level II care plan audits
(NF)

Ascend is auditing the care plans of all Iowa nursing facility residents who require specialized Level II mental health services. Read More »

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Background checks and program exclusion status
(HCBS providers)

IME is clarifying information pertaining to background checks as well as exclusion status requirements per the Iowa Code and Iowa Administrative Code. Read More »

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CMS memo and findings report on MDS-focus survey
(NF)

This S&C Letter provides additional information regarding the nationwide expansion of the MDS-focus survey and expansion to review nursing home staffing. Read More »

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IME releases modified ICD-10 testing calendars
(NF)

Based on the ICD-10 implementation date of October 1, 2015, the IME is modifying the ICD-10 Testing Calendars contained in Informational Letters 1472 and 1463. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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FREE webinar on ACA employer-shared responsibilities
(NF, AL, RCF)

A good deal of confusion remains among employers about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer shared-responsibility provisions that took effect January 1, 2015. Read More »
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Scholarships and Awards
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Foundation scholarships applications due May 31
(All)

These 30 $1,000 scholarships are for employees at IHCA and ICAL member organizations who are furthering their education in nursing, physical/occupational therapy or health care administration with the intention of working in the long term and post-acute care field. Read More »

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Scholarships for NAHCA Conference in Des Moines
(All)

IHCA ICAL is awarding up to $20,000 in scholarships to member organizations sending at least two health care assistants to the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) National Conference, June 10-11, 2015, in Des Moines. Applications are due by April 27. Read More »

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NCAL Awards open for nominations
(AL, RCF)

Help recognize those who demonstrate outstanding service in assisted living! Submit your nominations for the NCAL Awards. Read More »

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Activity Services
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Deadline Saturday for free Quarterly registration
(All)

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

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NNHW products now available!
(NF)

National Nursing Home Week products are now available and ready to order. Read More »

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Funding
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Grant applications being accepted
(NF)

Proposals are now being accepted for the DHS Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative Grant. 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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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 REGISTRATION CLOSED - More class offerings coming soon.  
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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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Antipsychotic Drug Reduction Workshop, April 29, Coralville   
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Antipsychotic Drug Reduction Workshop, April 30, 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
Legislative Update
Regulatory and Payment
Affordable Care Act
Scholarships and Awards
Activity Services
Funding
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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