IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 5, 2015
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Managed Care
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Transition to managed care
(All)

DHS is beginning member mailings and holding stakeholder meetings on the managed care transition and IA Health Link program. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Focused surveys, Nursing Home Compare and PBJ
(NF)

On September 15, AHCA met with CMS along with other stakeholders and received numerous updates that SNF providers will want to be aware of. Read More »
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Fire alarms in enclosed courtyards
(NF, AL, RCF)

Clarification on fire alarm notification requirements in enclosed courtyards. Read More »

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Capacity to consent assessment tool
(All)

With DIA's increased scrutiny in resident-to-resident abuse and abuse reporting, all providers may want to consider using this assessment tool. Read More »

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Comment on SNF RoP by October 14
(All)

There is still time to Take Action Now! Help ensure that CMS continues to hear our concerns about the Requirements of Participation proposed rule. 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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Payment
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CMS provides last minute SNF ICD-10 guidance
(All)

AHCA sought answers to several questions from CMS on the ICD-10 transition that took effect on October 1. IHCA is offering training next week for those who have not yet had an opportunity to attend. Read More »

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Medicare plan selection
(All)

CMS is offering webinars to assist with Medicare plan selection. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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NCAL annual survey of performance measures
(AL)

All ICAL member assisted living organizations are ask to complete the NCAL Performance Measures Survey by October 31, 2015. Read More »
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Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
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New HHS disaster preparedness resource system
(HHA)

HHS offers resource to home care and hospice providers for disaster planning, coordination, practice, and training. 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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Education Calendar
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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 8, West 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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Antipsychotic Drug Reduction Workshop, October 21, Coralville
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Antipsychotic Drug Reduction Workshop, October 22, West Des Moines
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QAPI Training Workshop, October 28, West Des Moines
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SNF Medicare Review, October 29, Cedar Falls   
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Assisted Living Managers Annual Education Conference, November 4, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 9-13, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 12, 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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