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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 28, 2016
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Regulatory
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Resources for implementing mandatory PBJ
(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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Survey exit conference procedures
(All Medicare & Medicaid providers)

CMS memo clarifies surveyor procedures for conducting the exit conference in the review of compliance with Medicare or Medicaid Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage, and Requirements for Participation. Read More »
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Participation in HHVBP program is mandatory
(HHA)

All home health agencies should plan to attend the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference on April 27. Participation in the HHVBP program is required for all home health agencies. 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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Payment
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Medicaid re-enrollment policies and procedures
(Medicaid providers)

All Medicaid providers must complete their Medicaid enrollment or re-enrollment so payment (including from MCOs) is not delayed. Read More »
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CMS updates Dual Eligibles' resources
(All)

Here is the latest, updated materials from CMS on Dual Eligibles' and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary rules. Read More »

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Managed Care
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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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Quality Improvement
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Framework for successful clinical outcomes
(NF)

New clinical outcomes tool from AHCA offers framework for successful organizational and clinical outcomes. Read More »
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Quality improvement newsletter from AHCA/NCAL
(NF, RCF, AL)

This quality newsletter from AHCA/NCAL offers great info and resources. Read More »

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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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Legislature and State
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Short week for legislature
(All)

If attending Spring Quarterly, be sure to invite your state legislators to the IHCA Members' Legislative Reception. 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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NCAL Awards now open for nominations
(AL, RCF)

Check out the NCAL 2016 Awards Program nomination process! Read More »
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Association News
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Learn about running for the AHCA or NCAL Board
(NF, RCF, AL)

If you are considering running for an AHCA or NCAL board position, participate in this upcoming webinar. 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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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, Noah's Event Center, 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 Conference, June 9, West Des Moines
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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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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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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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