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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 21, 2016
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Legislature and State
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Budget work underway with one month remaining
(All)

House budget targets are slightly under projected revenues, but the Senate needs to reduce its budget targets by approximately $40 million. Read More »

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Information on CMP grants
(NF)

Learn how to submit a proposal for a CMP Quality Improvement Initiative Grant. Read More »

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Education
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Home Health Conference location change
(HHA)

Two important home health care events are coming up! The Home Health Care Conference on Thursday (with a new location) and the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference on April 27. All home health agencies should plan to attend. Read More »

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Next week is Spring Quarterly and Activity Professionals' Conference
(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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NEW resources on ahcancalED!
(NF)

AHCA’s new learning management system is a FREE member benefit designed for learning, inspiring and sharing. Read More »
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Regulatory and Payment
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Resources for implementing mandatory electronic staffing data collection
(NF)

ALL NURSING FACILITIES must be prepared to be compliant with the mandatory electronic staffing data collection through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) when the mandatory submission period begins July 1. Don't wait to get started. See these resources... Read More »

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New Five-Star QMs: What NFs need to know and do to prepare now
(NF)

On March 3, CMS announced the addition of new quality measures (QMs) to Nursing Home Compare (NHC) and the Five-Star Quality Rating System. Nursing facilities need to make preparations before the new QMs are implemented. Here's a step-by-step plan... Read More »
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OSHA log posting required now
(All)

A reminder from OSHA to post form with summary of job-related illnesses and injuries. Read More »

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CMS releases SNF utilization and payment data; announces RAC reviews
(NF)

CMS released a public data set that provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by SNFs. The SNF Utilization and Payment Public Use File contains information on two categories of RUGs for patients who receive a significant amount of therapy: Ultra-High (RU) and Very High (RV) Rehabilitation RUGs. This is important information for SNF providers! Read More »

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New PASRR systems FAQ document available
(NF)

An extensive FAQ has been released on the new PASRR ServiceMatters/PathTracker system. Read More »

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Medicare co-pay clarification
(Medicaid providers)

IME and ELVS launch a new system to help clarify Medicaid co-pays.
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Managed Care
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Medicare crossover claims for MCO-enrolled members
(Medicaid providers)

This letter gives the specifics of the three-month testing period for Medicare cross-over claims. Read More »

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IA Health Link 2016 public comment meetings
(All)

DHS is holding public comment meetings each month to gather input on the IA Health Link managed care program. Read More »
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Managed care program presented to Senate committee
(All)

Here are materials presented on the IA Health Link program to the Senate Human Resources Committee. Read More »

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Quality
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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. And be sure to review the latest survey trends from the IHCA Survey Sub-Committee on our Members Only website. Read More »

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Disaster Preparedness
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Time to review and update procedures
(All)

Severe Weather Awareness Week is a great time for long term services and supports providers to review the regulations for their provider type as well as refresh their emergency planning and disaster preparedness plans and procedures. Check out all these references and resources! Read More »

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Scholarships and Awards
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NAHCA Conference scholarships available
(All)

IHCA is again offering scholarships to member organizations sending two or more health care assistants to the NAHCA National Conference in Des Moines, on June 1-2. It's easy to apply! Don't miss this opportunity to save $300! Read More »

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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 conference call and fact sheet
(All)

HRSA is offering a technical assistance conference call for the 2016 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program. See these resources to learn if you qualify to apply for the program. Read More »

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NCAL Awards now open for nominations
(AL, RCF)

Check out the NCAL 2016 Awards Program nomination process! 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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Home Health Care Conference, March 24, 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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NW District Meeting & Education, May 3, Meeting @ 9:00, Education @ 10-12:00, Storm Lake
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NE District Meeting & Education, May 5, Meeting @ 9:00, Education @ 10-12:00, Cedar Falls
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Assisted Living and RCF Nurses Conference, May 11, West Des Moines
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SE District Meeting & Education, May 17, Education @ 10-12:00, Meeting/Lunch 12-1:00, West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, May 19, Meeting @ 9:30, Education @ 10:30-12:30, Atlantic
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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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Managed Care
Quality
Disaster Preparedness
Scholarships and Awards
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