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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 14, 2016
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Legislature
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Budget work next on Legislature's agenda
(All)

Budget work begins as IHCA discusses members' funding priorities with lawmakers. 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 29-30, that features education for Activity Services.  Read More »

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Payment
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Vital for HHAs: Education on mandatory HHVBP
(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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Important home health agency and hospice reminders
(HHA, H)

Three deadlines hit this month that affect home health agencies and hospice providers. Read More »

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Update of SNF consolidated billing codes
(NF)

AHCA offers update on HCPCS codes for SNF consolidated billing enforcement. Read More »

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Clarification of attending physician requirement on claims
(NF, RCF)

This change was subsequently delayed, but will now be implemented effective for dates of service April 1, 2016, and after. Read More »
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Pharmacy program updates
(Medicaid providers)

Here are the latest Medicaid pharmacy program changes from IME. Read More »

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Managed Care
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MFP program will continue with managed care
(All)

The Money Follows the Person program will continue with the launch of managed care in Iowa. See this Informational Letter for details. Read More »

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Letter updates managed care PA process
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter updates the prior authorization (PA) process for the IA Health Link program and all other services that require a PA, including pharmacy drugs. Read More »
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Updates to MDS Section Q materials
(NF)

These fact sheets explain changes to the MDS Q Referral process. Read More »

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IHCA and MCOs conference calls
(All)

If you missed the March 9 managed care conference call, you can listen to the recording. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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IT Committee strives to help members achieve goals
(All)

Committee asks for help in defining IHCA members' IT education and funding needs. Read More »
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Disaster Preparedness
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Severe Weather Awareness Week
(All)

Is your organization ready for Severe Weather Awareness Week? Tornado season is approaching fast. Make sure your staff, residents, tenants and clients all know what to do! Read More »

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Clinical
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CDC progress against healthcare-associated infections
(All)

The CDC is urging U.S. health care partners to expand prevention efforts against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. See the tools the CDC has available to help providers. Read More »

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Activity Services
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ICAP awards 5 free education registrations
(All)

Congratulations to the five activity professionals selected to receive a free IHCA Spring Quarterly Education Conference registration from ICAP. Read More »
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Scholarships
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IHCA Foundation scholarships application available
(All)

The application period is now open for the IHCA Foundation Health Care Scholarships. Please share with all staff members! Read More »

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NURSE Corps scholarship program application
(All)

HRSA's 2016 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. 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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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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Assisted Living and RCF Nurses Conference, May 11, 2016, 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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