IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 19, 2015
Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
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Association News
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Iowa Center for Home Care launched by IHCA
(HHA, PDA)

IHCA is launching the Iowa Center for Home Care to concentrate solely on Iowa's ever-changing home care profession and to better serve its home care and private duty agency members. Read More »

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Solicitation of candidates for 2016 ICHC Board
(HHA, PDA)

The Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) board elections will be held this month. Review the qualifications for candidates and follow the instructions to add your name to the list of candidates. Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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Medicare Part A rate tables
(NF)

IHCA reimbursement consultants at Brighton Consulting Group provide interactive tables for the 2016 Medicare rates. Read More »

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Medicare plan selection
(All)

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

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Watch for rejected or returned Medicare claims
(HHA)

Home health claims are being incorrectly rejected/returned to providers.
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Federal healthcare anti-discrimination rules open for comment
(All)

These proposed rules that apply to any healthcare program receiving HHS funding prohibit discrimination in health programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. Read More »

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Assisted Living rules update effective December 16
(AL)

The DHS revised Assisted Living Services rules will take effect December 16. Read More »
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HCBS Provider Self-Assessment
(HCBS providers)

IME updates Provider Quality Management Self-Assessment and provides training this month for HCBS providers. Read More »

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Two CMS transmittals update State Operations Manual
(HHA, H)

Recent updates to State Operations Manual pertain to home health and hospice providers. Read More »

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DHS holding sessions on mental health programs
(HCBS providers)

Iowa Medicaid providers' and members' input is being sought through listening sessions hosted by DHS on children's mental health waiver and habilitation programs. Read More »

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Managed Care
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A review of Iowa Medicaid MCO provider agreements
(All)

IHCA legal consultants at Davis Brown Law reviewed and commented on the proposed MCO provider agreements to provide information and education and identify potential concerns. IHCA members are encouraged to review the comments. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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WANTED: Your AL's adorable pics!
(AL, RCF)

Photo submissions for Faces of Assisted Living are being accepted through October 31. Read More »

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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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Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Survey now being conducted
(AL)

ICAL members are encouraged to participate in the 18th annual Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Survey. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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2016 Silver Criteria Series
(NF, AL, RCF)

Here's a great resource for our members ready to work toward the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award at the Silver level. Read More »

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New member benefit to support training needs
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL has launched an exciting new member benefit to support the training needs of your staff. Read More »
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Keep the flu vaccination conversation going
(All)

These resources will help educate staff and the public about the importance of getting vaccinated for influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases that put frail, disabled and/or aging persons at risk. 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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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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NW District Education, November 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Storm Lake   
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Assisted Living Managers Annual Education Conference, November 4, West Des Moines
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NE District Education, November 5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cedar Falls   
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 9-13, West Des Moines
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SE District Education, November 10, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., West Liberty
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 12, West Des Moines
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SW District Education, November 12, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Atlantic
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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, November 18, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, November 19, West Des Moines
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Home Health Care "5-Star" Conference, December 2, West Des Moines
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Restorative Nursing Program, December 3, 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
Managed Care
Assisted Living
Quality Improvement
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