IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 13, 2015
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Legislative Update
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CALL TO ACTION: Reach out to legislators this week!
(All)

Reach out to your State House and Senate members and ask for their support. Legislators need to hear from their constituents to fully understand the far reaching effects of the funding needs for nursing facilities, assisted living and home health. Our recent Call to Action offers all the details you need. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Food establishment licensure clarification
(NF, AL, RCF, SH)

After discussing inconsistent interpretations with DIA, IHCA ICAL provides update flow sheets on food establishment license requirements for providers. Read More »

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MDS-focused survey resources
(NF)

In early April, CMS began training surveyors to expand the MDS-focused survey. AHCA has a resource to help providers be prepared. Read More »

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Senators voice concern about antipsychotic use
(All)

Even U.S. Senators are expressing concern over antipsychotic drug reduction. Get your facility working on this important quality improvement effort with help from AHCA/NCAL and IHCA ICAL! Read More »

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Scholarships
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Scholarships for LTPAC employees
(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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NAHCA
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Key to Quality award nominations due Friday
(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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NAHCA Conference scholarships
(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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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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AHCA/NCAL 2015 Convention & Expo registration open
(NF, AL, RCF)

Professional growth can be fun...especially in San Antonio, TX at the AHCA/NCAL national convention. Register now! 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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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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INTERACT Boot Camp - Reducing Acute Care Transfers, June 17, 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
Scholarships
NAHCA
Association News
National News
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