IHCA ICAL Bulletin May 11, 2015
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Legislative Update
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CALL TO ACTION: Reach out to House members TODAY!
(All)

Your IMMEDIATE action is needed to reach out to Iowa House of Representative members! Please act NOW! Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Expansion of Quality Initiative announced by AHCA
(NF)

The next three years of the Quality Initiative will include a strategic focus on three priorities: organizational success, short-term/post-acute care, and long-stay/dementia care with eight measurable targets/goals. Read More »
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Staffing data collection with LTC Trend Tracker
(NF, AL, RCF)

Tracking staff stability progress is required for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative so all members—including assisted livings—need to use LTC Trend Tracker to meet this requirement. Read More »
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Payment
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Medicaid application info on DHS website
(NF and Medicaid Providers)

Bookmark the How to Apply for Nursing Facility Medicaid page on your web browser to easily access it whenever needed. Read More »

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IME clarifies Exception to Policy rules
(NF)

Specific rules and procedures relate to placements in out-of-state facilities for medically necessary services. Read More »
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RAI Manual Appendix B update
(NF)

An update to the RAI Manual Appendix B is available on the CMS website. Read More »

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Core Standardized Assessment for Elderly Waiver
(HCBS providers)

Please see Informational Letter No. 1503, Core Standardized Assessment (CSA) for Elderly Waiver Service, for complete details on the surveys and webinars being held this month. Read More »
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Home health coverage manual updates
(HHA)

NAHC provides an overview of CMS changes to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 7. Read More »
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HCBS Waiver Consumer Choices Option (CCO) training webinar
(HCBS providers)

The IME will conduct a training webinar, HCBS Quality Oversight Unit, on the HCBS waiver self-direction program, Consumer Choices OptionRead More »
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Home health
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National telehealth survey needs Iowa providers' input
(HHA)

Iowa home health agencies are asked to participate in a national survey on the use of telehealth among home health care agencies. This survey is relevant whether or not your agency has adopted telehealth. 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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Workforce
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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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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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Association News
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Consider running for a NW District position
(NW District members)

The NW District Nominating Committee is now accepting names for its July district officer elections. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Dietary Managers' Conference, June 24, 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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In This Issue
Legislative Update
Quality Improvement
Payment
Home health
National News
Workforce
NNHW
Association News
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