IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 4, 2015
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Legislative Update
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At last! Lawmakers working overtime on State budget
(All)

The next two weeks are critical for IHCA ICAL funding priorities. Please contact your lawmakers, especially in the House of Representatives, to explain why nursing facility rebasing and HCBS increases are so important to supporting the quality of care for Iowa's frail and elderly receiving long term services and supports. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Clarification on dementia specific AL alarms
(AL)

In response to recent questions from by members, ICAL is providing clarification on DIA’s interpretation of 481-69.2(2). Read More »
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Rule changes to Change of Ownership Provisions in AL
(AL)

Recent rule changes to the assisted living program, elder group homes and adult day administrative code chapters are effective May 6, 2015. Read More »
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Compliance oversight guidance for health care boards
(NF)

Overall, the guidance makes clear that health care board members must play an active role in their organization’s compliance. Read More »
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Payment
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PEPPER updates for home health and hospice
(HHA, H)

Beginning in July 2015, PEPPER will be available for home health agencies. A recent webinar introduced PEPPER to home health agencies. Read More »

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HCBS Waiver Consumer Choices Option (CCO) training webinar
(HCBS providers)

The IME has announced that next week it will conduct a training webinar, HCBS Quality Oversight Unit, on the HCBS waiver self-direction program, Consumer Choices OptionRead More »
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New IME director named
(Medicaid providers)

Mikki Stier has been appointed director of the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME). Read More »

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Five facts about ICD-10
(All)

ICD-10 is coming! Be sure to have your nursing and administrative staff prepared for the October 1 transition. The next ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers is August 18-19 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Forum Thursday on Home Health Compare
(HHA)

CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum on the new star ratings for the CMS Home Health Compare website on Thursday, May 7, at 12:30 p.m. Read More »

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Workforce
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Get $300 to cover NAHCA conference fee
(All)

Don't miss getting $300 to help cover the cost of sending two or more health care assistants to the NAHCA National Conference, June 10-11, 2015, in Des Moines. Applying is EASY!! Deadline to apply is tomorrow! Read More »

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Scholarships for LTC careers
(All)

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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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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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  Registration closed - See August 18-19 class
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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 "Bag of Tricks" Workshop, June 18, West Des Moines
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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, August 18-19, 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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Legislative Update
Regulatory
Payment
Quality Improvement
Workforce
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