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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 15, 2016
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Regulatory and Payment
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CMS releases final '60-day rule'
(NF, HHA)

AHCA/NCAL to provide member resources for implementing the recently released "60-day rule." Read More »

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User guide released for new PASRR systems
(NF)

PASRR providers should review the ServiceMatters and PathTracker Plus User Guide. Both systems went into effect on February 1. Read More »

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Medicare resources updated
(NF, HHA)

CMS has updated two provider education resources on remittance advice and the searchable physician fee schedule. Read More »

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CMS issues new condition code
(HHA)

New condition code 54 “No skilled HH visits in billing period” effective on July 1, 2016. Read More »
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Implementation of SIS for children
(HHA, ICD/ID)

There are now separate editions of the Supports Intensity Scale assessment for adults and children: the SIS-A and SIS-C. Read More »
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Managed Care
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Options for changing MCO selection or assignment
(All)

Medicaid members will receive Confirmation of Coverage letters over the next several weeks. Read More »

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Education
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Start your Spring Quarterly Education planning now!
(All)

Think Spring by registering for our Spring Quarterly Education Conference! Discounted rooms are available until February 29, so make your reservations now!! Read More »

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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. Entries are due by March 4. Read More »

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NW District rescheduled for February 29
(All)

The third time is the charm! The Northwest District Meeting and Education is rescheduled for Monday, February 29. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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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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Improve your organization's marketability!
(All)

The AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep program is the first step toward achieving the gold standard for demonstrating clinical excellence in geriatric patient care. Less than one percent of nurses have this prestigious credentialing, so investing in this program can give providers a competitive edge when negotiating with ACOs, MCOs and hospitals. Read More »

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New video on LTC Trend Tracker for AL
(AL)

Learn more about the benefits of using AHCA/NCAL's data collection tool, LTC Trend Tracker, that is FREE for all members. Read More »
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Association News
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NFs asked to provide medical consultant info
(NF)

As a service to our member nursing facilities, we will share nursing home quality improvement news and resources with medical directors and consulting pharmacists. Read More »

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Please complete IHCA Member Survey #1
(All)

This first-in-a-series survey will help IHCA collect member-specific information with the intent of building a information base that, in aggregate, will help IHCA define how it can best serve its membership. 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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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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NW District Meeting and Education, February 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Storm Lake  NEW DATE
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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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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 11-15, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 14, 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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