IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 20, 2015
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Legislative Update
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Senate budget targets released; Contact with legislators still needed
(All)

Please continue to reach out to your local state senators and representatives about the critical importance of nursing facility and home health rebase and HCBS elderly waiver increases. They need to hear from you about how anything less than full rebasing will impact your ability to provide quality care and a quality workforce. Read More »

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Medicaid Modernization
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Managed care network contracting and letters of intent
(All)

IHCA received clarification from DHS on provider network contracts from companies that are NOT bidding on the Iowa MCO Medicaid contract, but are creating a Medicaid provider network. These are different that Letters of Intent.
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Payment
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Status of Medicaid rates
(NF)

IME is awaiting CMS approval letter before releasing rate increases. Read More »
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CMS updates impact SNF billing
(NF)

Members are encouraged to review CMS updates to Medicare manuals and forward to business office staff. Read More »

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Updated PEPPER reports released
(NF)

SNF PEPPER reports are now updated and available for download. Read More »

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President signs permanent SGR fix
(All)

Annual funding fights over “doc-fixes” ends and outpatient therapy caps exceptions process is extended through 2017. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Check the updated LEIE database!
(Medicaid providers)

Protect your organization from fines by checking the updated LEIE database. The downloadable updated files and instructional videos can be found on the OIG website. Read More »
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Collection of staffing data for NFs
(NF)

CMS memo outlines system created for centers to submit staffing and census information. 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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NNHW
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Governor proclaims Nursing Home Week in Iowa
(NF)

In his signed proclamation, Governor Terry Branstad declares May 10-16 Nursing Home Week in Iowa. Please share this information with your Activities Department staff! Read More »
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Awards
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Nominate one to honor all
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL members are invited to submit nominations for two special awards that are presented at the national convention in October. Read More »
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Scholarships
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Scholarships for your employees
(All)

If you have employees 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 - they qualify for the IHCA Foundation Health Care Scholarships. Please forward this information to your employees!
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IHCA ICAL scholarships for NAHCA conference
(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 seeking board candidates
(NF)

The election cycle for the 2015-2016 AHCA Board of Governors is now open. A webinar is being offered to answer your questions about the responsibilities and application process. Read More »

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NCAL open board positions
(AL, RCF)

The NCAL Board election cycle has officially opened. Join the May 14 webinar to answer your questions about the responsibilities and application process. Read More »
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AHCA/NCAL 2015 Convention & Expo
(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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Education Calendar
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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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Summer Quarterly Education Conference and Technology Fair, June 10, Des Moines
     Get Day 2 of NAHCA Conference for just $25 more!
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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
Medicaid Modernization
Payment
Regulatory
National News
NNHW
Awards
Scholarships
Association News
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