IHCA ICAL Bulletin July 6, 2015
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Awards
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Celebrate with our AHCA/NCAL Silver Award recipients!
(All)

Congratulations to two IHCA ICAL member facilities that have earned the AHCA/NCAL 2015 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award! Read More »
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Share the success of your programs and staff
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Here's your big chance to show off the programs and people who make your organization great! The IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports Award nominations are now being accepted. Read More »
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State Legislature
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2015 Legislative Session is a success!
(All)

A successful legislative session came to a close on July 2 with Governor Branstad's final action on several bills. Overall, long term services and supports providers fared well. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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DIA comments on egg shortage
(All)

DIA comments on the shortage of pasteurized shell eggs and pasteurized egg products due to the recent Avian flu epidemic. Read More »

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FAQ on HCBS final rule implementation
(AL, HHA)

A new FAQ from CMS offers guidance on how they will scrutinize states’ efforts to comply with the home and community based (HCBS) services final rule. Read More »

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SNF PEPPER stats available
(NF)

IHCA payment consultant, BCG Research, highly recommends that skilled nursing facilities review their Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) . Read More »
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ICD-10 Provider Readiness Survey
(Medicaid providers)

The IME urges providers to continue forward with their ICD-10 projects and to ensure plenty of time for robust testing of ICD-10 claims prior to the October 1, 2015, implementation date. Read More »
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Medicaid Managed Care
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Webinar on MCO contracts
(All)

If you provide Medicaid services, this is information you will need to know:  Negotiating and Entering into Medicaid Managed Care ContractsRead More »

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Affordable Care Act
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ACA 'Small Employer' definition change in 2016
(All)

A significant change impacting small employers with up to 100 employees is on its way under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Use our ECSI insurance services preferred vendors as a resource to help navigate ACA challenges. Read More »

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Association News
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Express your ICAL board position interest by July 14
(AL, RCF, HHA, HCBS, SH)

The 2015-2016 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) members in good standing who are interested in running for a position on the ICAL Board of Directors. Read More »
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Deadline approaching for IHCA board elections
(NF)

The 2015-2016 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) members in good standing who are interested in running for a position on the IHCA Board of Directors. Read More »

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Bring your game to benefit Iowa Health PAC
(All)

Calling all associate members and organization members! Reserve your spot now for the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament, on September 27 at Willow Creek Golf Course! 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, July 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Storm Lake
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NE District Education, July 9. 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, July 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Education, July 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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Medical Directors' and Pharmacists' Senior Care Conference, July 18-19, Des Moines
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DHS Dialogue and Updates for Nursing Facility Eligibility, July 29, 10-11:00 a.m., Webinar
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Dementia Care Conference, August 4, West Des Moines Marriott
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Home Health Care Conference, August 6, 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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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 20, West Des Moines
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Social Services Conference, August 26, West Des Moines
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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), September 8-10, West Des Moines   
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2015 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show, September 27-30, Des Moines
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ICD-10 Coding Workshop for Home Health, October 12-13, 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
Awards
State Legislature
Regulatory and Payment
Medicaid Managed Care
Affordable Care Act
Association News
National News
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