IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 6, 2015
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Regulatory and Payment
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Clarification on DIA's resident abuse reporting
(NF, AL, RCF)

Last week, DIA issued information on changes in the timely reporting of resident abuse by nursing facilities. In response, IHCA ICAL's legal consultants sought clarification from DIA on several points.  Read More »
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More clarification sought on food establishment licensure
(NF, AL)

IHCA ICAL is arranging to meet with DIA to discuss inconsistent interpretations in the food establishment licensure requirements for assisted living programs. Read More »

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Home Health Services Manual revised
(HHA)

DHS has issued a revision of the Home Health Services Manual. Read More »
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PEPPER update session scheduled
(HHA)

TMF Health Quality Institute is offering a free PEPPER update session for home health agencies on April 30. Read More »
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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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Legislative Update
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Perfect timing: Day at the Hill and Legislative Reception
(All)

Continue to visit with local lawmakers about the importance of rebasing and HCBS elderly waiver funding requests. Share with them how lawmakers' decisions directly impact their constituents living in your facilities and being served by your organization's programs. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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New quality improvement resources
(NF)

Clinical quality improvement resources on care transitions and end-of-life care from AHCA. 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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Quality Initiative Quarterly Update
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL's Quality Initiative Quarterly Update includes articles and resources to help on your organization's quality improvement journey. Read More »

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Social Services
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Having a conversation on end-of-life care
(HHA, H)

Most people are unable to make their own decisions about care when they’re nearing the end of life. Home care and hospice providers are encouraged to take advantage of these resources. Read More »
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Activity Services
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Planning is in full swing for NNHW
(NF)

NNHW is next month! Get your planning in full swing with the resources and products available through AHCA. Read More »

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NAHCA
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NAHCA award nominations due April 17
(All)

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
(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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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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Association News
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AHCA elections and solicitation for candidates
(NF)

The election cycle for the 2015-2016 AHCA Board of Governors is now open. Applications are due by June 4. Read More »

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NCAL elections and solicitation for candidates
(AL, RCF)

The NCAL Board election cycle has officially opened. Applications are due by June 4, 2015. Read More »
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ECSI News
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Lee Agency's Drew Burkamper receives honor
(All)

ECSI vendor, Lee Agency, announced that Drew Burkamper has been recognized for his success and dedicated service in 2014. 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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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  Registration Closed
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 16, West Des Moines  Registration Closed
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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
Regulatory and Payment
Medicare Modernization
Legislative Update
Quality Improvement
Social Services
Activity Services
NAHCA
Scholarships
Association News
ECSI News
National News
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