IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 7, 2015
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Managed Care
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Provider Safe Harbor period extended; Major hospitals signs with MCOs
(All)

The Governor's Office has made two major announcements on the progress of IA Health Link managed care implementation. Read More »

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Information on MCO hosted provider training
(All)

Providers should plan on participating in provider training being offered by the MCOs. Read More »

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Managed Care Organization Training Summit
(All)

Register in advance for the DHS Managed Care Organization Training Summit. Sending your RSVP (including your name, practice affiliation and number of attendees) to the RSVP contact noted on the chart in the Informational Letter. Read More »

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Track the latest news on Medicaid modernization
(All)

Stay up to date on Medicaid modernization with the resources provided by DHS on the Medicaid Modernization website. Read More »
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IA Health Link readiness review
(All)

A readiness review was conducted for each of the four MCOs to assess their preparation to launch on the January 1, 2016, launch date. Read More »

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Education
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The weather looks fine - Get registered for Wednesday's conferences
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Don't miss our two big winter education events this week. The Winter Quarterly Education Conference and Healthcare Assistants Education Conference are December 9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Reservations now being accepted for convention
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The IHCA ICAL room block at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel is now accepting reservations for the 2016 IHCA ICAL Convention and Trade Show. Read More »
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Payment and Regulatory
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Home health, hospice denial reason codes
(HHA, H)

CMS issued to MACs an updated list with more than 80 detailed denial reason code statements for use with home health and hospice providers effective December 1. Read More »

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IME Informational Letters
(NF, RCF, HHA)

IME recently issued Informational Letters on Medicare crossover claim forms and Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program changes. Read More »

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Focused dementia care survey tools
(NF)

CMS is sharing the revised survey materials that were developed for the focused dementia care pilot and expansion effort. The intent is that facilities use these tools to assess their own practices in providing resident care.  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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Residential Care
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NCHS releases data briefs on residential care
(RCF)

These two new data briefs on residential care communities in the U.S. also include state-level estimates. Read More »

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Scholarships
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HRSA 2016 Application Bulletin
(All)

Check out these links for more information on national nursing school loan repayment and scholarship programs. Read More »

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National News
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AHCA/NCAL bookstore free shipping
(NF, AL, RCF)

Celebrate the holidays with free shipping from the AHCA/NCAL Bookstore!
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Create personal AHCA/NCAL login by year's end
(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 & 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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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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MDS 3.0 Update Class, January 21, West Des Moines
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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 26-28, West Des Moines
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IHCA ICAL Leadership Academy, January 26-27, StayBridge Suites, West Des Moines (with subsequent meeting dates on June 22 & December 8, 2016)
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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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Residential Care
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