IHCA ICAL Bulletin July 27, 2015
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Payment and Regulatory
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Public hearings on waivers being submitted to CMS
(All)

DHS is holding public hearings on proposed waiver changes being submitted to CMS. Read More »
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Medical review on home health certifications
(HHA)

CMS released a Change Request that provides medical review instructions on the certification and recertification requirements for home health services. Read More »

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PEPPER now available for home health
(HHA)

Provider-specific comparative data reports for home health agencies are available through the CMS Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). Read More »

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ICD-10 transition education tools
(All)

If your organization isn't ready for the October 1 ICD-10 transition, you'll lose out on reimbursement! See these tools and training to help you be prepared. Read More »

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Wednesday meeting on AL proposed rule changes
(AL)

IHCA ICAL staff members will represent IHCA ICAL members at the DIA meeting on Wednesday to discuss proposed changes to Iowa Administrative Code Chapters. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Using LTC Trend Tracker in assisted living
(AL)

If your assisted living program is not yet using LTC Trend Tracker, learn more about this free tool from AHCA/NCAL in this upcoming webinar. Read More »
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BCG staff survey tool goes online
(NF)

BCG Research is trying something new this year - online staff surveys. Check out the benefits of going online for your staff satisfaction survey! Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA ICAL members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. And don't forget to check out the latest in survey trends from the IHCA ICAL Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. Read More »
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Awards
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Award nomination deadline just two weeks away!
(All)

You have two weeks to submit your 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! Deadline is August 7. Administrators: Share this with your marketing and activity staff. Read More »

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Association News
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We need your help to update our records
(All)

Please complete the Membership Update Form to help us keep your organization's contact information up to date.  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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Get your foursome signed up!
(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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Reserve hotel rooms for convention now!
(All)

Book hotel rooms for convention now before they're all gone! 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 services and supports news from AHCA/NCAL including Capitol Connections, NCAL Connections and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice website. Read More »

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Resources
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Webinar on dream-granting organization
(NF, AL)

Dream Foundation is the only national dream-granting organization for adults. Learn more about what they have to offer in this upcoming webinar. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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ICD-10 Coding for Long Term Care Providers, October 14-15, 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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Payment and Regulatory
Quality Improvement
Awards
Association News
Convention
National News
Resources
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