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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 29, 2016
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Legislature and State
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House's budget targets lower than Senate's
(All)

Budget work gets off to slow start; IHCA meets with leadership on members' budget concerns. Read More »
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Governor announces SIM Initiative communities
(All)

Six communities will engage in broad-based health care system and payment reforms. Read More »
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Managed Care
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Iowa's managed care program to start April 1
(All)

IME announced in Informational Letter No. 1624-MC that the IA Health Link managed care program will launch on April 1, 2016. Read More »
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Critical incident reporting in managed care
(All)

The MCOs have developed a single form for all HCBS providers and case managers to use when submitting a major incident. Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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Important HHVBP education for home health agencies
(HHA)

IHCA is teaming with NAHC to offer the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference on April 27 at the IHCA Education Center in West Des Moines. All home health agencies should plan to attend. Read More »

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CMS releases final 60-Day Rule
(NF, HHA)

CMS released the final version of a 2012 proposed rule that requires Medicare Parts A and B health care providers and suppliers to report and return overpayments. AHCA offers a summary of the final rule and a possible set of member action steps in preparation for complying with the rule. Read More »

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Get registered for mandatory PBJ staffing data collection
(NF)

Mandatory Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) effective date of July 1 is approaching fast. Get registered now to ensure your facility is prepared. Read More »

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SNF PEPPER target area change
(NF)

The next SNF PEPPER rollout in April 2016, will not include the Therapy RUGs category. Read More »
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Check the updated LEIE database!
(Medicaid providers)

Protect your organization from fines by checking the updated LEIE database. The monthly updated files and instructional videos can be found on the OIG website. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Important CMS Open Call Forum on QMs
(NF)

On Thursday, CMS will announce the addition of new quality measures (QMs) on Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System. Read More »

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Register for dementia care and QAPI provider call
(NF)

This upcoming provider call brings the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) together to discuss topics for providing quality dementia care. Read More »

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Last day for Gero Nurse Prep discount
(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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Emergency Preparedness
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New guide for home health and hospice
(HHA)

This new CDC emergency planning guide offers preparedness and response tools specifically for home health and hospice providers. Read More »

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Education
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Spring Quarterly and Activity Professional education
(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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Activity Services
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Entries due Friday for free Spring Quarterly registrations
(All)

ICAP is giving away 5 FREE registrations for activity professionals to IHCA’s Spring Quarterly Education Conference. Entries are due by Friday, March 4. Read More »

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NNHW Planning Guide and Product Catalog now online
(NF)

Attention activity professionals! Find great ideas for planning your 2016 National Nursing Home Week activities and events here! Read More »

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Association News
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Are you making the most of IHCA's communications and website?
(All)

See these tips to make sure you and your staff are getting the most out of your IHCA member benefits via our communications and website. Read More »

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Complete your facility's contact 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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LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program, Part 1: March 9-10, Part 2: April 20-21, West Des Moines  Registration Closed 
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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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, April 5, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, April 6, West 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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SNF Medicare Review, April 19, West Des Moines
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Professional LTC Nursing Seminar, April 27, Coralville
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Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference, April 27, West Des Moines
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Professional LTC Nursing Seminar, April 28, 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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