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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 4, 2016
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Payment and Regulatory
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DHS to update rebase days and rates
(NF)

At IHCA's request, DHS has reviewed the number of days used to calculate the nursing home rebase. As a result, new rates will be calculated! Read More »

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Prescription drug rule amended
(NF, ICF/ID)

Medicaid nonprescription drug costs in NF and ICF/ID facilities will be allowable on the Medicaid cost report and will be reimbursed through per diem calculations beginning July 1, 2017. See the IME letter for complete details. Read More »

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CMS Cycle 2 enrollment revalidation
(NF, HHA)

CMS process for Cycle 2 enrollment revalidation begins for providers and suppliers. Read More »
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PEPPER webinar in May
(NF)

The webinar will cover changes in the Q4FY15 PEPPER for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), long term (LT) acute care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). Read More »
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Mandatory Electronic Staffing Data Collection for NFs
(NF)

All nursing facilities must be prepared for the electronic staffing data submission beginning July 1. Are you prepared? If not, here is where to start... Read More »

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Managed Care
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IHCA resources to help with managed care launch
(All)

As IA Health Link launches, be sure to review our IHCA Bulletin - SPECIAL EDITION - Managed Care issued earlier today. IHCA is here to help with other resources as well! Read More »

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IHCA and MCOs conference calls
(All)

Mark your calendar now and plan to participate in the next two IHCA Managed Care Member Conference Calls. 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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Legislature
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Thank you for attending successful legislative reception
(All)

Over 350 IHCA members met with legislators to discuss ways to work together to provide quality care for Iowa's frail and elderly. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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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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Association News
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IHCA member conference calls
(NF, AL, RCF)

This month's member conference calls include learning opportunities for dining and activities services staff. Read More »

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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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NCAL elections and solicitation for candidates
(AL, RCF)

NCAL members interested in running for an NCAL Board position can now access candidacy materials. 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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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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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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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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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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