IHCA ICAL Bulletin December 21, 2015
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Managed Care
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CMS delays Iowa's managed care launch date
(All)

CMS is delaying approval of Iowa's Managed Care Program. The program will begin March 1, 2016, instead of January 1, 2016, pending final federal approval. Read More »

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Iowa terminates contract with WellCare
(All)

Iowa has terminated the Department of Human Services' MCO contract with WellCare of Iowa over allegations that it did not properly disclose information about fraud or mismanagement during its bid for a contract. Read More »

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Prior authorization process for Safe Harbor period
(All)

IME letter offers details on streamlining the prior authorization process during the IA Health Link Safe Harbor period. Read More »

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How providers can continue to assist Medicaid recipients
(All)

Providers can help their residents/patients get connected with information needed to make important IA Health Link program choices. Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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July 1, 2015, nursing facility payment rates update
(NF)

The new rate letters for July 1, 2015, and October 1, 2015, will be released and mailed to NF providers during the week beginning January 4, 2016. Read More »
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DHS may recoup payment for PASRR noncompliance
(NF)

PASRR provider training spells out compliance requirements to avoid loss of reimbursement for services. Ascend also is moving forward with new PASRR information system. Read More »

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Staffing Data Submission reminder
(NF)

ALL nursing homes are encouraged to register to submit data to prepare to meet the electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) requirement and maintain compliance. Read More »

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DIA offers clarification on door alarm compliance
(NF)

DIA provided clarification to IHCA on the door alarm compliance issues that have led to IJs in nursing homes. Read More »

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Home health agencies' participation required in HHVBP Model launching next week
(HHA)

Iowa home health agency providers must take immediate action in preparation for the launch of the CMS Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model (HHVBP) on January 1, 2016. Iowa is one of nine states included in the mandatory model program. All Iowa home health agencies are required to participate. Read More »

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CGS instructions on CMS Probe and Education medical review
(HHA)

Home health providers need to be familiar with the instructions provided by CGS on the CMS Probe and Educate medical review strategy. Read More »

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FFS utilization and payment data for home health
(HHA)

CMS public data set provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by home health agencies. Read More »

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Medicaid Integrity Toolkits from CMS
(HCBS providers)

CMS Medicaid integrity toolkits target HCBS and healthcare professionals. Read More »

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OIG releases FY 2016 Work Plan
(NF, HHA, H, HCBS)

The OIG 2016 Work Plan describes new and on-going audits, evaluations and investigations relevant to nursing facilities, hospices, home health services and contractors and HCBS. Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!
(Medicaid providers)

Protect your organization from fines by checking the updated LEIE database. The monthly updated files and instructional videos can be found on the OIG website. Read More »
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Risk Management
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Risk management in assisted living and residential care
(AL, RCF)

Frivolous lawsuits against care providers only serve to distract from the important job of delivering quality care and services to Iowans. Read More »

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Fire and Life Safety
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Have questions about Life & Fire Safety? Submit them now!
(NF, AL)

Everyone planning to attend the IHCA Life & Fire Safety Conference are asked to send in questions now for the speakers to research. Read More »

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Association News
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Happy Holidays from IHCA ICAL ICHC
(All)

The IHCA office will close to observe Christmas and New Years. Read More »

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Watch for our new look
(All)

We will be launching new logos for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC in 2016!
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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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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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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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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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Life & Fire Safety Conference, February 15-16, Jefferson
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Life & Fire Safety Conference, February 17-18, Coralville
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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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Managed Care
Payment and Regulatory
Risk Management
Fire and Life Safety
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