IHCA ICAL Bulletin April 27, 2015
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Scholarships
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Deadline extended for NAHCA conference scholarships
(All)

The deadline has been extended to May 7 for IHCA ICAL member organizations to submit applications for scholarships to send at least two health care assistants to the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) National Conference, June 10-11, 2015, in Des Moines. Read More »

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Scholarships for LTC careers
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Members' employees furthering their education in nursing, physical/occupational therapy or health care administration to work in the long term and post-acute care field qualify for the IHCA Foundation Health Care Scholarships. Please forward this information to your employees! Read More »

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Legislative Update
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Budget targets set: Chambers start work on State budget
(All)

Work on the state budget has begun. Please watch for possible alerts and call to action requests from IHCA ICAL in the near future to support our funding priorities. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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CMS comments on CPR training
(NF)

IHCA has received questions from members about ensuring staff members are properly trained in the administration of CPR for residents since CMS issued its guidance. Read More »
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Pharmacy changes effective June 1
(Medicaid providers)

Changes to Medicaid pharmacy program outlines in IME letter. Read More »
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Life and Fire Safety
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New elevator rules adopted with 5-year phase in
(All)

New elevator rules amend State rules to meet the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators, A17.3 (2011). The new rules have a 5-year phase-in period to allow businesses time to make the necessary changes. 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 than Letters of Intent.
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Quality Improvement
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CMS forum on home health star rating
(HHA)

An upcoming CMS Special Open Door Forum will discuss the new star ratings for the CMS Home Health Compare website. Read More »

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Improve your CMS 5-star ratings
(NF)

It's time to see for yourself how LTC Trend Tracker can help improve your facility's 5-star ratings. Join the webinar on Wednesday. Read More »

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CMS launches Hospital Compare website
(All)

The CMS Hospital Compare star ratings relate to patients’ experience of care at almost 3,500 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals. 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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Product Recall
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Blue Bell Creameries recall impacts LTPAC
(All)

Multistate outbreak of Listeriosis linked to Blue Bell Creameries products. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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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.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA ICAL members.

Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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In This Issue
Scholarships
Legislative Update
Regulatory and Payment
Life and Fire Safety
Medicaid Modernization
Quality Improvement
National News
Product Recall
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