IHCA ICAL Bulletin July 13, 2015
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Regulatory and Payment
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CPR issues affecting survey outcomes
(NF)

DIA cautions nursing homes regarding failure to provide CPR when appropriate. Read More »

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New and stricter enforcement from OSHA
(NF)

AHCA offers clarification of new OSHA enforcement policy. Read More »

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Reimbursement modified to pay per encounter
(HHA)

IME has released an Informational Letter on modified reimbursement methodology for home health. Read More »

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IME letter on Emergency Code changes
(NF)

IME adds code updates to the Emergency Code List in conjunction with the ICD-10 conversion. Read More »

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Medicaid Managed Care
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Learn what MCO contracts mean to your organization
(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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Quality Improvement
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Next round of Quality of Patient Care Star Rating provider preview reports
(HHA)

CMS offers more information on the corrections of Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings for the October 2015 Home Health Compare posting. 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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Update KEPRO toll-free number
(NF)

As of August 1, 2015, the calls to the state based QIOs toll free number for appeals and QOC concerns will no longer be forwarded to KEPRO. Call KEPRO directly at 855.408.8557Read More »

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Awards
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Award nominations are pouring in. Get yours in too!
(All)

The deadline is inching closer for the IHCA ICAL Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports Award nominations. This is a great opportunity to recognize your staff's hard work and quality efforts! Read More »

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Convention
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2015 poster contest and slide show photo submission
(All)

All IHCA ICAL members are invited to participate in the Poster Contest and Photo Submissions that feature your seniors and/or staff celebrating magical moments.  Read More »

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Golf with a purpose - 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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Make your convention game plan!
(All)

Book hotel rooms for convention now before they're all gone! Read More »

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National convention early bird registration ends July 17
(NF, AL, RCF)

Save on this year's AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo with Early Bird Registration, which ends this Friday! Don't miss out on getting the best rate for the biggest and best long term and post-acute care event all year. Read More »
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Association News
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Express your board position interest by July 14
(AL, RCF, HHA, HCBS, SH)

The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2015-2016 IHCA and ICAL Board of Directors' election cycle is July 14. 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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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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Successful Managed Care Contracting: Negotiating from a Position of Strength, July 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m., webinar
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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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Bronze Award Application Workshop, September 17, 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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Regulatory and Payment
Medicaid Managed Care
Quality Improvement
Awards
Convention
Association News
National News
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