IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 4, 2016
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NPI enrollment now required for Medicaid Rx claims
(Medicaid providers)

Beginning today, all pharmacy claims submitted to the IME with a prescribing National Provider Identifier (NPI) that is not enrolled with the Iowa Medicaid program will be denied. Read More »
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DHS recalculating HCBS rates for AL
(AL, HCBS)

DHS is in the process of recalculating the HCBS weighted average rates for assisted living programs to include the client participation amounts. Read More »

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Nursing facility rate timeline released
(SNF)

DHS has released details on the nursing facility rate rebase timeline. Read More »

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HHVBP FAQs released by CMS
(HHA)

An FAQ has been released to answer questions on the HHVBP pilot program in which Iowa home health providers are required to participate. Read More »

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CMS releases OASIS C2 draft
(HHA)

CMS has issued a draft OASIS C2 scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2017. Read More »
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RCF personal needs allowance for 2016
(RCF)

Residential Care Facility (RCF) assistance recipients' personal needs allowance increase is announced. Read More »
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Managed Care
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Letter updates several managed care topics
(All)

IME issues a letter with updates on managed care details. Read More »
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Managed care LTSS visit verification
(All)

MCOs working on long term services and supports Electronic Visit Verification system. 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 is asked to send in questions now for the speakers to research. Read More »

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National News
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Issues on the horizon for providers
(NF, AL, RCF)

We strongly encourage our members to take a moment to watch the AHCA/NCAL video, Issues on the Horizon for 2016, that outlines four issues providers can act on now, and includes some good news that will come our way in the New Year. Read More »

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Sen. Ernst joins others Iowans in cosponsoring home care act
(HHA)

Support grows for allowing non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services. 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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Association News
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Discounted hotel rates for members
(All)

Our members can utilize these hotel discounts whenever they need to stay in the Des Moines area. Read More »
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Direct lobbying expenses memo now available
(NF, AL, RCF)

The IHCA ICAL member memo, Direct Lobbying Expenses for 2015 and 2016, is now posted on the IHCA ICAL Members Only website. Share this information with Business Office and Tax Preparers 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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NW District Meeting and Education, February 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
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NE District Meeting and Education, February 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Meeting and Education, February 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Meeting and Education, February 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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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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Fall Prevention Workshop, February 25, 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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