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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 18, 2016
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Managed Care
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Confirming member eligibility and MCO assignment
(All)

Providers can confirm IA Health Link eligibility and MCO assignment for residents and clients a couple different ways. Read More »
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MDS 3.0 Section Q process updated for managed care
(NF)

Nursing facility providers need to review the update to the Section Q process provided by DHS with the launch of IA Health Link. Read More »

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MCOs and incident reports
(All)

MCOs provide clarification on submission of incident reports. Read More »
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Responses to home health members' MCO questions
(HHA)

United Healthcare has provided follow-up responses to IHCA home health agency members' questions. Read More »

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Managed care update
(All)

IHCA meets with DHS and MCOs to address members' questions following IA Health Link's April 1 launch. Read More »

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Webinar on electronic claims submission process
(All)

AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa is holding a webinar for providers on its electronic claims submission process. Read More »
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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 take effect April 20Read More »

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HIPAA
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New information on patients rights under HIPAA
(All)

New information and guidance, including a Q&A, have been released on patients' access to their protected health information. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Iowa's results in AL performance measures survey
(AL)

The NCAL 2015 Performance Measures Survey results give a good picture of how Iowa assisted living providers measure up and where they need to build strength.
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Legislature
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Budget work wrapping up; end of session is close
(All)

The budget bills work their way through committees and both chambers as the General Assembly looks to end session as soon as possible after April 19. Read More »

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Activity Services
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Celebrate what makes your facility great!
(NF)

Attention activity professionals! 2016 National Nursing Home Week is May 8-14. Get your activity and event ideas here! Read More »

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Plan to celebrate NALW September 11-17, 2016
(AL, RCF)

Assisted living programs and residential care facilities can now begin planning for National Assisted Living Week, September 11-17! Read More »

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Scholarships and Awards
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NAHCA Conference scholarship applications due soon
(All)

IHCA is 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! Applications are due April 29. 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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National News
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Support voiced for rural health care access
(All)

Good Samaritan Society and AHCA voice support of  the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015 on Capitol Hill. Read More »

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Grassley addresses NAHC March on Washington
(HHA, H)

Iowa Center for Home Care member, Tom Moreland, introduced Senator Grassley at the NAHC event in Washington D.C. 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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Association News
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Don't miss these April member calls
(NF, AL, RCF)

Member conference calls are coming up for nursing facility staff, dining services and activities services staff. Read More »

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AHCA and NCAL elections and solicitation for candidates
(NF, AL, RCF)

If you're interested in becoming more involved at the national level...running for the AHCA or NCAL Board of Governors is a great place to start! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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