IHCA ICAL Bulletin October 26, 2015
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Regulatory
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IHCA meeting with CMS hits hot topics
(All)

IHCA members and staff were among the state affiliates that met with the CMS Regional Office in Kansas City last week. Read More »
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Payroll-Based Journal and Electronic Staffing Data Collection
(NF)

AHCA strongly encourages members to register for the voluntary submission period and begin submitting their data during the voluntary period. The voluntary period is the ONLY time that providers will have the opportunity to “test” the process and determine how their payroll system interfaces with the Payroll-Based Journal. Read More »

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Requirement impacts all Medicaid providers
(All)

Informational letter reminds providers that as of January 4, 2016, all ordering, prescribing and referring providers must be enrolled with Iowa Medicaid. Read More »
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Managed Care
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MCOs offer Provider Manual drafts
(All)

Review these Provider Manual drafts to become familiar with processes taking effect January 1. Also, plan to attend the November District Meeting and Education where all four MCOs will present to attendees. Read More »

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MCOs launch websites
(All)

Iowa's MCOs have their websites up and running. Read More »
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Payment
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CMS clarifies effective date for new G-Codes
(HHA, H)

CMS clarifies that the effective date for the G-Codes to differentiate RNs and LPNs on home health and hospice claims will be for dates of service on or after January 1, 2016. Read More »

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Implementation of BIP Core Standardized Assessment
(HCBS providers)

IME announced that in accordance with the Balancing Incentive Program, Iowa Medicaid has selected the core standardized assessment for persons served by the Health & Disability, Physical Disability, AIDS/HIV and Elderly Waivers. Read More »

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Podiatry provider faces federal fraud charges
(All)

A Chicago podiatrist who provides services in 16 states, including Iowa, has been indicted on health care fraud charges. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Make your commitment to the National Quality Award program!
(NF, AL, RCF)

Don't let the 2016 National Quality Award Intent to Apply deadline sneak up on you! The deadline is November 19 to save on your application fee and receive other important benefits. 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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Home Care
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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 in December. Review the qualifications for candidates and follow the instructions to add your name to the list of candidates. Those wishing to run for office must contact Cindy Baddeloo by Tuesday, October 27. 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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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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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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Save the Date - December 9 Online registration opening soon!
IHCA Winter Quarterly Education Conference
and IHCA Health Care Assistants Conference

Sheraton Hotel, 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
Managed Care
Payment
Quality Improvement
Home Care
Assisted Living
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