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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 7, 2016
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Legislature and State
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Second policy deadline this week; budget work on hold
(All)

IHCA meets with lawmakers on members' funding priorities. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Summary of CMS Five-Star changes
(NF)

AHCA provides this summary and resources regarding the CMS Five-Star changes for nursing facilities announced last week. Read More »

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Staff abuse protocol interpretation revised
(NF)

IHCA has worked with DIA and CMS to revise the interpretation of staff abuse protocol. Read More »
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Revised Communication Sheet now available
(AL)

ICAL has updated a resource for meeting the assisted living regulatory requirements of a written communication system.  Read More »

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Payment
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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 issues Medicaid Face-to-Face rule
(HHA)

CMS issued a final rule that would require a face-to-face encounter for beneficiaries receiving Medicaid home health services, and provides other clarifications and enhancements to the Medicaid program. Read More »
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Maintaining access to PS&R data
(HHA)

To maintain access to Provider Statistical and Reimbursement (PS&R) data, providers must annually recertify their accounts in the Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system. Read More »
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Prepare now for PBJ staffing data collection
(NF)

Mandatory Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) effective date of July 1 is approaching fast. Learn more with these resources and get registered now to ensure your facility is prepared. Read More »

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CMS' proposed changes to Medicare provider enrollment
(Medicare providers)

Proposed rule would implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provider enrollment provisions. Read More »
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Managed Care
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MCO claims submissions: Start preparing now!
(All)

Providers should take steps now to have their managed care claims filing procedures in place before April 1. Read More »

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NEMT IA Health Link transition update
(Medicaid providers)

IME provides details for the transition of the non-emergency medical transportation services from the current broker to the MCOs for the IA Health Link managed care program. Read More »
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Medicaid e-News
(Medicaid providers)

IME's Medicaid newsletter is a great resource for staying up to date on the latest IA Health Link managed care news and tools for providers. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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Question on egress door alarms
(AL)

The State Fire Marshal's Office clarifies an egress door alarm question raised at last month's IHCA Life & Fire Safety Conferences. Read More »

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Education
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Spring Quarterly and Activity Professional education
(All)

Register now for the IHCA Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 28-29, that features education for Activity Services.  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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National News
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Nursing home salary and benefits study
(NF)

Nursing facilities are encouraged to participate in the annual Nursing Home Salary and Benefits study. Read More »

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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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Single Facility Conference, March 15, 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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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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