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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 25, 2016
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Regulatory
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New psychosocial harm guidance on 14 F-tags
(NF)

New surveyor guidance adds the investigation of psychosocial harm to 14 new F-Tag classifications not previously included.  Read More »

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Webinar Friday on mandatory Payroll Based Journal
(NF)

Don't miss this AHCA webinar on the Payroll Based Journal for mandatory electronic staffing data submission that begins July 1 for nursing facilities. Are you prepared? If not, take in this webinar on Friday, April 29. Read More »

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Sexual consent policy and assessment tools
(NF)

IHCA offers tools for nursing facilities to put best practices in place for documenting resident sexual relationship consent. Read More »

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New AL policies, forms and assessment documents
(AL)

Here are resources to help ICAL assisted living members comply with the assisted living rules revisions that became effective on April 20. Read More »
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Respite care services is not a trial admission
(AL)

Misuse of respite care services admissions leads to noncompliance for assisted living providers. Read More »

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HCBS Waiver rule implementation guidance
(HCBS)

Guidance is provided on modifications to the HCBS requirement, acknowledging that providers serving individuals with dementia have to take safety concerns into account. Read More »
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Payment
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New SNF PEPPER now available
(NF)

The Q4FY15 release of the SNF PEPPER with statistics through September 2015 is now available! Read More »
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AHCA summarizes CMS proposed rule for SNF PPS
(NF)

CMS issued the proposed rule for the SNF prospective payment system fiscal year 2017 update. AHCA's summary offers highlights and a preliminary overview. Read More »
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Managed Care
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IHCA's managed care conference calls
(All)

The April 13 IHCA Managed Care Conference Call recording is now available. The next conference call is Wednesday. Call access information was emailed to members on Tuesday. Read More »

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MDS Section Q referral process
(NF)

IME letter provides details on MDS 3.0 Section Q with the launch of IA Health Link managed care program. Nursing facilities' MDS coordinators need this information. Read More »

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Webinar on electronic claims submission process
(All)

AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa is holding two webinar sessions this week on its electronic claims submission process. Read More »
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Legislature
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2016 session could end this week
(All)

The budget bills are working their way through committees and both chambers as the General Assembly looks to wind up its session later this week. Read More »

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Quality
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Five-Star Preview Reports now available
(NF)

This report includes a preview of data for each skilled nursing facility on the new quality measures that will be added to the Nursing Home Compare website on April 27, 2016. Providers should review their facility's report now! Read More »

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New NH Compare quality measures on CMS call on Thursday
(NF)

The CMS Open Door Forum call this Thursday, April 28 at 1 p.m. CT, will update long term and post-acute care providers on the six new Quality Measures (QMs) that will be published on the Nursing Home Compare website on Wednesday, April 27. Read More »
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Resources for medications and aging brain health
(All)

These resources on the effects of medications on the aging brain will make it easy to present this topic to your staff and out in the community. Read More »

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Study to give free flu vaccine to nursing homes
(NF)

From AHCA - Participate in study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine on rates of hospitalization among long-term care residents, and receive free flu vaccine! Read More »
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Activity Services
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Don't miss out on NNHW products!
(NF)

With 2016 National Nursing Home Week, May 8-14, fast approaching, be sure to get your NNHW products ordered as soon as possible! Read More »

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National News
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AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo heads to Music City, USA
(NF, AL, RCF)

Join the fun at the AHCA/NCAL 67th Annual Convention & Expo, in Nashville on October 16-19. 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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Scholarships and Awards
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NURSE Corps scholarship conference call
(All)

Applicants for NURSE Corps Scholarship can participate in this upcoming technical assistance call. Read More »

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NAHCA Conference scholarship applications due FRIDAY
(All)

This is the last week to submit an application for a scholarship to the NAHCA National Conference in Des Moines, on June 1-2. IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organizations sending two or more health care assistants to the conference can save $300. It's easy to apply! Applications are due Friday. 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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Education Calendar
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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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Summer Quarterly Education Conference and Technology Fair, June 21, Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona
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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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