IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 2, 2015
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Legislative Update
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First policy legislation deadline this week
(All)

IHCA ICAL staff and lobbyists attended several subcommittee meetings on bills as lawmakers approach the first "funnel" deadline on March 6. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Food establishment license flowsheets
(NF, AL, RCF, SH)

IHCA ICAL has created helpful flowsheets, approved by DIA, for members to use to determine whether your organization or campus setting is required to obtain a food establishment license. Read More »
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Civil money penalties trends
(NF)

Resources regarding current trends in CMPs are available on IHCA ICAL Members Only website. Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!
(Medicaid providers)

Protect your organization from fines by checking the updated LEIE database. The downloadable updated files and instructional videos can be found on the OIG website. Read More »
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Payment
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Update on Medicaid supplementation form
(NF)

IME is requiring that ALL Medicaid nursing facilities complete the Nursing Facility Supplementation Payment Report whether or not they have allowed supplementation of a private room. Read More »

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DHS public meetings for Medicaid Modernization
(Medicaid providers)

A series of public meetings will be held by DHS regarding Medicaid Modernization and the recently issued RFP. Read More »

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Medicaid cost reports and PASRR updates
(NF)

IME reminds nursing facilities of requirements for Medicaid Cost Report submission and PASRR status changes. Read More »

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Life and Fire Safety
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Emergency generator inspection forms
(NF, AL)

To meet federal certification and state licensure requirements, healthcare facilities must inspect their emergency generators weekly and monthly using forms provided by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Iowa providers earn quality recognition
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA ICAL member nursing facilities, assisted livings and residential care facilities were recognized last week at the AHCA NCAL Quality Symposium in Austin, TX, for achieving one or more of four Quality Initiative program goals in 2014. Read More »
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Trend Tracker helps monitor performance and progress
(NF)

Using Trend Tracker to coordinate Five Star ratings, quality measures, staffing, cost reports, and more will help your facility to move beyond just staying afloat, to become a thriving, quality-driven organization. Read More »
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Health Information Technology
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Business associate agreements and IT sharing
(All)

In many cases, organizations will play it safe and request a BAA be executed even though it may not be needed. Read More »
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Affordable Care Act
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Two webinars on ACA for employers
(NF, AL, RCF)

Let AHCA's free webinars on the Affordable Care Act clear up questions for employers. 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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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 - Registration open for May 27-28 class - see below.  
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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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Antipsychotic Drug Reduction Workshop, April 22, Carroll
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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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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, May 27-28, 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
Payment
Life and Fire Safety
Quality Improvement
Health Information Technology
Affordable Care Act
Scholarships and Awards
National News
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