IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 11, 2016
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Payment and Regulatory
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July 1, 2015 rates released
(NF)

IHCA Reimbursement Consultant Jeff Steggerda provides the latest information on the progress of the July 1, 2105 rate release for nursing homes. Read More »
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Billing practices: Identifying fraud, waste and abuse
(HHA)

Learn how your home health agency can compare PEPPER data in an effort to identify risk for fraud, waste and abuse. Read More »

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Prior authorization for DMEPOS
(All)

This prior authorization process, which becomes effective February 29, 2016, will help ensure that certain DMEPOS items are provided consistent with Medicare coverage, coding, and payment rules. Read More »
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Habilitation incident reporting process
(HCBS providers)

Effective January 1, 2016, HCBS Habilitation providers, IHH and Case Managers will be required to submit all major (Critical) Incident reports previously submitted to Magellan of Iowa to the IME upon discovery of the incident. Read More »
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Managed Care
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IA Health Link toolkit updates
(All)

The IA Health Link Toolkits for stakeholders, providers and communications are full of useful resources for all Medicaid providers. Read More »

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Managed care provider training
(All)

Medicaid modernization provider training continues across the state. All providers should attend a training session to prepare for the March 1 program launch. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Why your discharge-to-community rate matters
(NF, AL)

CMS plans to add a Discharge to Community measure to its Nursing Home Compare and Five-Star Rating next year. LTC Trend Tracker, a free data management resource for AHCA and NCAL members, began offering a similar measure for its users last year. Get ahead of the game now by reviewing your data! 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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AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit registration deadline Tuesday
(NF, AL, RCF)

Start off the new year by attending the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit, February 9-11 in San Antonio Texas. The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Read More »
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Association News
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Meet IHCA's newest staff member
(All)

IHCA is pleased to introduce its new Vice President, Managed Care Programs & Reimbursement who will assist members with the ever-changing reimbursement models and payor systems. 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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State News
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Nominations sought for 2016 Governor's Award for Quality Care
(NF, RCF)

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. Residents and family members may nominate an Iowa-licensed long term care facility for the award. 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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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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