IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 9, 2015
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Medicaid modernization webinar March 24
(All)

This presentation on Iowa's Medicaid modernization is specifically for long term and post-acute care providers and is based on the presentation that DHS is giving to stakeholder groups in four locations across the state in March. Read More »
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KEPRO telephonic notification form required
(NF)

Facilities issuing notice of pending Medicare non-coverage (ABN) need to use KEPRO's Telephonic Notification Form. Read More »

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Medicare psychiatric reduction copayments
(NF, HHA)

IME provides reminder on Medicare psychiatric reduction copays. Read More »

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Claims details for ICD-10 transition
(Medicaid providers)

IME outlines required claims submissions for the implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. Read More »
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The VA and Service Contract Act webinar

AHCA's free webinar will answer questions about SCA and issues impacting providers as a VA contractor. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Budget targets to be set soon; revenue estimating conference meets March 19
(All)

With the first deadline for policy legislation behind us, the Iowa House and Senate will start floor debate on bills and work on the State budget. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Five-star reports updated in LTC Trend Tracker
(NF)

AHCA's webinar will review LTC Trend Tracker's Five-Star reporting and predictor capabilities. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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CMS Health IT survey deadline extended
(NF, HHA, H)

IHCA ICAL member nursing facility, home health and hospice providers are encouraged to participate in the CMS health IT survey. Read More »
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Resources
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McKnight's editorial takes aim at Families for Better Care
(All)

John O'Connor, McKnight's News Editorial Director, looked Families for Better Care square in the eye in his recent editorial. Read More »
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Consumer handout on falls in AL
(AL, RCF)

NCAL offers a new resource for managing fall risk in assisted living settings. 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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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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