IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 23, 2015
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Payment and Regulatory
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Cost reporting requirements from IME
(NF)

Review the cost reporting requirements to ensure your submissions are not late or incomplete. Read More »
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From HCBS to nursing facility
(HCBS providers, NF)

DHS offered clarification on the process to be followed when a HCBS participant moves to a nursing facility. Read More »
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Tuesday: Medicaid modernization webinar
(All)

All providers should plan to participate in Tuesday's webinar on Iowa's Medicaid modernization. The webinar is being provided FREE to IHCA ICAL members. Read More »

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PEPPER for home health agencies coming soon
(HHA)

Beginning July 2015, a new Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) for HHAs will help them assess their risk for improper Medicare payments. Read More »
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F2F call raises more questions than answers
(HHA)

The Open Door Forum raised concerns and confusion among the home health care profession due to the conflicting information. NAHC is seeking further guidance and clarification from CMS. Read More »

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Legislative Update
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State revenues reduced for FY 15 and FY 16; Budget targets not yet set
(All)

The State Revenue Estimating Commission met last week and announced that they are reducing revenue estimates for the current fiscal year by $89 million and for fiscal year 2016 by $19 million. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Home Health Compare 5-Star ratings
(HHA)

The Home Health Compare Star Rating methodology is set for initial publication in July 2015. Join the webinar on March 26 to learn more.  Read More »

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Webinar on rehospitalization measures
(NF)

Free webinar from AHCA explains rehospitalization measure that enables skilled nursing centers to measure rehospitalization rates for all admissions regardless of payer status. Read More »

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Social Services
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Attention Social Services: POLST paradigm webinar
(NF)

Learn from U of I social work experts about the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) paradigm that increases the chances that people get the type of medical care they prefer. Read More »

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Activity Services
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National Assisted Living Week theme announced
(AL, RCF)

Let the planning begin with the 2015 National Assisted Living Week® theme: Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, SpiritRead More »

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Special pricing for NNHW t-shirts
(NF)

Order early so you can get the sizes and colors of these bright and colorful t-shirts that you want. Read More »

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Scholarships
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2015 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
(All)

Please share with staff members working toward nursing degrees. The application cycle for the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program closes on May 21. Read More »

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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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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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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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NW District Education, May 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Storm Lake
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NE District Education, May 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, May 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Education, May 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, May 27-28, West Des Moines
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SNF Medicare Review, June 2, 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
Payment and Regulatory
Legislative Update
Quality Improvement
Social Services
Activity Services
Scholarships
National News
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