IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 1, 2016
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Activity Services
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Five free registrations for activity staff to Spring Quarterly
(All)

ICAP is giving away 5 free registrations for activity professionals to IHCA’s Spring Quarterly Education Conference.  Read More »

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Payment
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Additional webinar session on new PASRR systems on Feb. 2
(NF)

The response of PASRR providers has been so great that an additional webinar session is being added on February 2 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 to 2016 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule File
(NF)

CMS issued an Emergency Update to the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database. Change Request (CR) 9495 amends the earlier CMS generated payment files that were based on the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. Read More »

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Managed Care
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IHCA meets with DHS on managed care transition
(All)

IHCA staff continues to meet with DHS to monitor the managed care transition process. Read More »

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Wellcare reassignment mailing
(All)

Medicaid members previously assigned to WellCare are being reassigned to one of the three available MCOs. Read More »
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Who is excluded from enrolling in IA Health Link?
(All)

Most Iowans covered by Iowa Medicaid will be enrolled in IA Health Link. However, there are a few exceptions that providers need to be aware of. Read More »

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HCBS service plan extensions
(HCBS providers)

All applicable HCBS waiver service plans that include a service plan end date between March 1 and May 30, 2016, will be extended. Read More »
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HCBS Waiver Settings transition plan
(HCBS providers, RCF, AL, IL)

IHCA is reviewing and will submit comments to the State's statewide settings transition plan before it is sent to CMS. Read More »

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Changes to HCBS eligilbity criteria and process
(HCBS providers)

DHS communicated with IHCA regarding eligibility changes for HCBS waiver patients. Read More »
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Ownership and control disclosure requirements
(Medicaid providers)

Per the ACA, State Medicaid agencies are required to collect information on ownership and control from disclosing entities, fiscal agents, and managed care entities. Read More »

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Updates from the MCOs
(All)

Here's the latest in discussions with and training from the three Iowa MCOs. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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2015 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report released
(AL)

The 18th annual Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report has been published. Learn how to get your own copy. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Upcoming Telligen webinars
(NF, HHA)

Telligen is offering a number of webinars of interest to home health agencies and nursing facilities. Read More »

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Association News
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Share our message on your website and social media
(All)

Our members can share links to our Public Communication Campaign on their organization's 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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NE District Meeting and Education, February 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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NW District Meeting and Education, February 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Storm Lake  NEW DATE
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SE District Meeting and Education, February 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 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, 9:30 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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Home Health Care Conference, March 24, 2016, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education & Activity Professionals Conference, March 29-30, Embassy Suites, 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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