IHCA ICAL Bulletin November 9, 2015
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Education
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Winter education conferences now open for registration!
(All)

Register now IHCA ICAL winter education conference events: the Winter Quarterly Education Conference and Healthcare Assistants Education Conference Read More »

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Regulatory
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Submitting staffing data using new PBJ system
(NF)

Nursing facility providers should begin voluntary submission testing using the PBJ system as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the Conditions of Participation by July 1, 2016.  Read More »

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Lack of door alarms may lead to IJ
(NF)

Nursing facilities should examine their door alarm system to ensure compliance with Chapter 61 rules. Read More »
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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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Submit comments on discharge planning proposed rule
(HHA)

CMS is seeking feedback from the public on the discharge planning requirements proposed rule and will accept comments until January 4, 2016. Read More »
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Court issues ruling on F2F
(HHA)

Court says F2F law is ambiguous and CMS cannot second guess patient's physician. Read More »

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Payment
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Time to complete Medicaid enrollment renewal
(HHA)

Home health agencies need to complete enrollment renewal for the Iowa Medicaid program. Read More »

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Efforts continue on observation stays
(NF)

AHCA continues work with its coalition to voice support for counting a patient’s time in observation toward the three-day hospital inpatient stay requirement. Read More »

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Managed Care
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CMS Listening Sessions on Iowa's managed care transition
(All)

All providers should plan to participate in the CMS Listening Sessions beginning this week. Read More »

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Affordable Care Act
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Self-insured employers: Must file health coverage returns
(All)

Tax season is approaching, and all employers providing self-insured health coverage to their employees must file an annual return reporting employee information. 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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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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Association News
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IHCA seeking managed care/reimbursement specialist
(All)

With increasing reimbursement changes for long term services and supports (LTSS), IHCA is adding a Managed Care & Reimbursement Specialist position. Read More »
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Create your own AHCA/NCAL web login
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA and ICAL members need to create an individual login for the AHCA/NCAL websites and online resources by December 30. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL convention photos and videos now available
(NF, AL, RCF)

Members who were recognized at the AHCA/NCAL convention now have online access to event photos and videos. 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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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 and Conference Center, 1800 50th St., West Des Moines
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IHCA Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 9, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 1800 50th St., 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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Education
Regulatory
Payment
Managed Care
Affordable Care Act
Assisted Living
Quality Improvement
Association News
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