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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 2, 2016
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Managed Care
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Home health questions answered by MCO
(HHA)

United Health Care (UHC) offers responses to home health services providers' questions as a follow up to last week's managed care call. Read More »

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Your contacts at the MCOs
(All)

The MCOs have provided updated contact lists for their health care advocates/account executives/provider relations consultants. Read More »
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AmeriHealth Caritas' claims submission webinar
(Medicaid providers)

Following a discussion on claim submissions in the April 27 IHCA Managed Care Conference Call, AmeriHealth Caritas is hosting a webinar for IHCA members on Friday. Read More »
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IHCA's managed care conference calls
(All)

Our members are getting the most up-to-date information from MCOs on the IHCA Managed Care Conference Calls. Here are links to recent call recordings. Read More »

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Medicaid pharmacy program changes
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter provides an update of Medicaid pharmacy program changes.
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Payment and Regulatory
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Webinar on SNF PPS proposed rule is now available

In case you missed it, a recording is available of AHCA's webinar on the proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) fiscal year 2017 issued by CMS last week. Read More »

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IME clarifies claim submission and form completion
(Medicaid providers)

IME clarifies the claim submission methodology for providers and the IME claim form completion requirements. Read More »
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Visit DIA's provider webpage for updates
(All)

Check the DIA Health Facilities Division webpage often for updates for providers. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Providers asked to complete IPOST survey
(All)

Providers can help identify the trends for IPOST use and awareness, and barriers to its use. Read More »

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Update on new Nursing Home Compare QMs
(NF)

There are now 15 long-stay and nine short-stay quality measures on the Nursing Home Compare website. Nursing facilities should be taking steps to prepare for these upcoming changes. Read More »

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Free webinar for dining professionals
(NF)

Food, nutrition and dining are key aspects of providing person-centered care. This free AHCA webinar will show how your dining program can become more resident centered. Read More »

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State
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Iowa AG conducting survey on elder abuse
(All)

IHCA encourages its members to complete this survey in an effort to help ensure the needs of the seniors we care for are being addressed. Read More »

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National Nursing Home Week
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Radio ads to promote NNHW
(NF)

IHCA members' NNHW celebration is going statewide! Read More »

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Make the most of NNHW!
(NF)

National Nursing Home Week is next week! Make the most of all the resources available to you from AHCA. Read More »

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NAHCA Conference
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All member organizations are eligible for $300
(All)

Every IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organization can apply for a scholarship to the NAHCA National Conference in Des Moines, on June 1-2. Member organizations sending two or more health care assistants to the conference can save $300. It's easy to apply! The application deadline is extended to May 20. Read More »

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Scholarships
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The countdown is on for Foundation scholarship applications!
(All)

The deadline for IHCA Foundation Health Care Scholarship applications is May 31 . Please share with all staff members! Read More »

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National News
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Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act gains support
(HHA)

All but one member of Iowa's Congressional delegation have signed on in support of the bill that will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to “order” home health care services. Read More »

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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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Education Calendar
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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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Home Health Care Conference, June 14, West Des Moines
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Dietary Managers Conference, June 15, 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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Managed Care
Payment and Regulatory
Quality Improvement
State
National Nursing Home Week
NAHCA Conference
Scholarships
National News
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