IHCA ICAL Bulletin November 2, 2015
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Regulatory
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DIA to begin enforcing new protocol in abuse accusations
(NF)

CMS officials said they would change the survey guidance regarding separation of an accused abuser and the purported victim. DIA is beginning enforcement immediately. Read More »

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Changes coming for HCBS Elderly Waiver AL services
(AL)

Assisted living providers will want to participate in this upcoming webinar to prepare for changes taking effect in December. Read More »

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MDS-focused surveys continue
(NF)

MDS-focused surveys continue across state. Nursing facilities can review the Entrance Conference document for insight into the survey. Read More »

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Avoid survey issues with nurse licensing
(All)

Employers are responsible for proof of verification of valid nursing license. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Managed care reimbursement rate floors
(All)

IME letter provides insight into the IA Health Link managed care program being launched in two months. Read More »
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Payment
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CMS final rule: Home Health Prospective Payment System Rates and Value-Based Purchasing Program
(HHA)

CMS announces payment changes for Medicare home health agencies for 2016. Read More »
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Home Care
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Celebrating November as Home Care & Hospice Month
(HHA)

During November, NAHC is honoring the home care and hospice community, including the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. Read More »
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Assisted Living
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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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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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Quality Summit scheduled for February
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL has combined The Quality Symposium and NCAL Spring Conference to create the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit. Read More »
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Flu update and resources
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CDC guidance and resources for flu prevention
(All)

Take advantage of these free resources to promote flu vaccination for your staff. 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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NW District Education, November 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Storm Lake REGISTRATION CLOSED 
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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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HCBS AL Elderly Waiver Changes Dec. 2015, November 19, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Webinar
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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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Health Care Assistants Education Conference, December 9, Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines
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Save the Date - December 9 Online registration opening soon!
IHCA Winter Quarterly Education 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
Home Care
Assisted Living
Quality Improvement
Flu update and resources
National News
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