IHCA ICAL Bulletin March 30, 2015
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Medicare Modernization
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Medicaid modernization webinar recording
(All)

Providers must educate themselves and stay informed as Iowa moves Medicaid to a managed care system. This webinar recording shares insight from DHS and addresses providers' questions. Read More »

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Medicaid modernization is here
(Medicaid providers)

This is a MUST READ for all Medicaid providers! Begin signing Letters of Intent or be left behind. Read More »

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Medicaid Managed Care FAQs from DHS
(Medicaid providers)

DHS will update this FAQ document weekly to address questions from stakeholders and the general public on Medicaid modernization and managed care in Iowa. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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CMS corrects inaccurate home health F2F info
(HHA)

CMS has offered a correction on inaccurate information relayed in the March 11 Special Open Door Forum regarding what would be acceptable documentation within the physician’s medical record to support home health eligibility. Read More »

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ICD-10 Testing Terms and Schedule Update
(Medicaid providers)

Providers need to be preparing for this transition and begin testing to ensure the transition goes smoothly. IME is offering free testing to help! Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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CMS Five-star changes: 5 questions
(NF)

These five questions and answers about CMS Five-Star Rating System may help shed some light on your facility's  ratings. Read More »

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Trend Tracker updates assist in quality efforts
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To ensure members get the most from this FREE, web-based resource, AHCA continues to make updates and improve LTC Trend Tracker. Read More »
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Webinar on rehospitalization measures
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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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Emergency and Disaster Planning
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New NCAL emergency preparedness resource for ALs
(AL)

Let this updated NCAL resource that includes templates and checklists help with your organization's emergency preparedness. Read More »

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Legislative Update
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Next funnel deadline is April 3; Day at the Hill is Friday
(All)

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Spring Quarterly and IHCA ICAL Legislative Reception this Tuesday evening. It's important to have a good turnout of members for the IHCA ICAL Legislative Reception on March 31 and the IHCA ICAL Day at the Hill on April 1. Read More »

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NAHCA
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NAHCA award nominations due April 17

IHCA and ICAL member facilities that are NAHCA members are encouraged to nominate their health care assistant employees for the NAHCA Key to Quality AwardsRead More »
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Scholarships for NAHCA Conference in Des Moines
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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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Scholarships
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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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Activity Services
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NNHW website offers resources and tips
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Make the most of the NNHW Planning Guide and other resources when planning your facility's NNHW events and activities. 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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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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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 12, West Des Moines
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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
Medicare Modernization
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Improvement
Emergency and Disaster Planning
Legislative Update
NAHCA
Scholarships
Activity Services
National News
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