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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 11, 2016
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Regulatory
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AL rules revisions effective April 20
(AL)

Comprehensive revisions to Iowa Administrative Code Chapters 481-67General Provisions for Elder Group Homes, Assisted Living Programs, and Adult Day Services, and Chapter 69, Assisted Living Programs go into effect April 20Read More »

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How to succeed with Payroll Based Journal
(NF)

More resources - including a webinar - on the Payroll Based Journal for mandatory electronic staffing data submission beginning July 1 for nursing facilities. Are you prepared? If not, here is where to start... Read More »

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Eliminating duplicate home care approval requirements

A letter from ICHC asks IME to eliminate duplicate physician certification for home health services. Read More »
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Due diligence: The two most important words in contracting
(All)

Providers must always perform due diligence when contracting with goods and services providers to ensure they are reputable. Here are some resources to help... Read More »

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Check the updated LEIE database!
(All)

Protect your organization from fines by checking the updated LEIE database. The monthly updated files and instructional videos can be found on the OIG website. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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HHVBP help from CMS and ICHC
(HHA)

All home health agency members should participate in the upcoming CMS webcast and IHCA Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference. Participation in HHVBP is mandatory for Iowa home health agencies. Read More »

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HCBS Waiver and State Plan HCBS amendments
(HCBS providers)

The comment period is open for amendments to the 1915(c) HCBS Brain Injury, Children’s Mental Health, Elderly, Health and Disability, Intellectual Disability, Physical Disability and AIDS/HIV Waivers and the State Plan HCBS 1915(i) Habilitation services program. Read More »
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Managed Care
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Update on electronic billing
(All)

Letter offers clarification on electronic billing for managed care. Read More »

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IHCA MCO conference call on Wednesday
(All)

Our first IHCA Managed Care Member Conference Call of the month is on Wednesday. Mark your calendar now and plan to participate. Read More »

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IHCA resources to help with managed care launch
(All)

With the launch of Iowa's managed care program, IA Health Link, be sure to review our IHCA Bulletin - SPECIAL EDITION - Managed Care issued last week. IHCA is here to help with other resources as well! 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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Budget work underway as lawmakers attempt to complete work in next few weeks
(All)

Budget bills will begin moving this week. IHCA continues to meet with leadership on funding priorities. Read More »

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NAHCA
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Key to Quality Award nominations
(All)

Nominations for NAHCA Key to Quality Awards are due by Monday, April 11. 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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Association News
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First April member call on Friday
(NF, AL, RCF)

Our April member conference calls begin this Friday. Make sure you and your dining and activities services staff are planning to participate! Read More »

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Webinar on 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 webinar on Thursday. 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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AHCA elections and solicitation for candidates
(NF)

If you're interested in becoming more involved at the national level...running for the AHCA Board of Governors is a great place to start! 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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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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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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IHCA ICAL Leadership Academy, 4-part series: June 7-8, December 15, 2016 & June 8 2017, West Des Moines
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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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