IHCA ICAL Bulletin January 25, 2016
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Association News
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Our new logo brings provider members together
(All)

The Iowa Health Care Association is launching a new logo for IHCA, as well as, the Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) and Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) beginning in this month. Read More »
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IHCA public communication campaign launches
(All)

Two television ads are airing on stations across the state. The radio ads are being heard on AM and FM stations in every corner of the state. Read More »
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Payment
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Additional webinar session planned on new PASRR systems
(NF)

The response of PASRR providers has been so great that a new webinar session is being added to meet the training needs on the ServiceMatters and PathTracker Plus with Links to Payment, both of which go live February 1, 2016. Read More »

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Update: Submit family supplementation form ASAP
(NF)

Nursing facilities are asked to submit their completed nursing facility family supplementation form to IME as soon as possible. Read More »

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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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NF Analysis: Census, Occupancy & CMI
(NF)

Updated RUG distribution comparison report and CMI quarterly average case-mix index values from BCG Data. Read More »
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Dedicated phone line for billing agencies
(Medicaid providers)

IME announced a new dedicated phone line for billing agencies to use when following up on claims. Read More »

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HHVBP webinars begin this week
(HHA)

HHVBP Model webinars begin this week for all Iowa home health agencies. Participation in this pilot program is mandatory. Get registered for the pilot program and plan to participate in the webinars. Read More »

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F2F template comment period ends Wednesday
(HHA)

The second public comment period opportunity for the F2F template closes on January 27. Read More »
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HCBS waiver statewide transition plan
(HCBS providers)

The statewide settings transition plan (STP) will be available for public review from February 1, 2016, through March 2, 2016. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Proposed RCF regulation change
(RCF)

RCF members are asked to share any concerns with the proposed rule change with IHCA before our meeting with DIA. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Senate committee seeks update on managed care
(All)

Senate Human Resources Committee will hear an update on Medicaid privatization. Read More »
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Managed care prior-authorization process
(All)

IME offers clarification of the prior-authorization process for IA Health Link. Read More »

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MCO provider training presentations
(All)

Share these training slides with billing, claim and utilization management staff. Read More »

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Workforce
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Webinar series focused on caregiver recruitment
(All)

Beginning this week, IHCA is hosting a 3-part webinar series on workforce development that will help your organization's efforts to recruit health care assistants. Learn more about this series that begins January 26. Read More »

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Quality
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Dementia care tools for providers
(NF, RCF, AL)

CMS and Telligen recently released tools can help providers with antipsychotic drug reduction efforts. 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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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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Data-Driven CNA Recruitment—Tips to Get More Aide Applications, January 26, 2:00-3:00, webinar
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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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Data-Driven CNA Recruitment—Increasing Interview Show-Ups, February 9, 2:00-3:00, webinar
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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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LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program, Part 1: March 9-10, Part 2: April 20-21, West Des Moines   
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Data-Driven CNA Recruitment—90-Day Caregiver Onboarding Best Practices, March 15, 2:00-3:00, webinar
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CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, March 22-23, 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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