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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 9, 2016
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Legislature and State
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Legislature adjourns, IHCA works to protect funding language
(All)

The Iowa General Assembly adjourned on April 29. The appropriations bills were the final order of business. Now we wait for the governor's signature. Read More »

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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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Regulatory and Payment
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Sample abuse policy, reporting flowchart available
(NF)

IHCA worked with DIA to develop tools to help administrators and DONs create an abuse reporting policy that meets both state and federal expectations. Read More »

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Regulations on beautician checks and trainings
(AL)

DIA provided the requested clarification on background checks and abuse and dementia training for beauticians in assisted living. Read More »

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Providers' help needed in F2F info gathering
(HHA)

NAHC needs input from providers on F2F encounter denials. Read More »

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Start now to prepare for RoP changes
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

The proposed Medicare and Medicaid Programs Requirements of Participation for nursing facilities include new infection controls activities and requirement of a trained infection prevention and control officer. Providers will want to get a head start on implementing these proposed changes expected to be finalized later this summer.   Read More »

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PASRR resource document
(NF)

PASRR providers will want to check out this updated resource document. Read More »

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New from IME
(HCBS and Medicaid providers)

The latest news from IME on HCBS service changes and Medicaid claims submission. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Update on service plan extensions
(HCBS)

To assist members with the transition to managed care, all applicable HCBS waiver service plans that include a service plan end date between April 1, 2016, and June 30, 2016, will be extended. Read More »

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Managed care resources
(All)

Here are some updates and new resources for providers on IA Health Link managed care. Read More »

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Managed care conference call on Wednesday
(All)

Our next members-only managed care conference call is Wednesday at 11:30. Get the most up-to-date information from MCOs. Submit questions in advance to brandon@iowahealthcare.orgRead More »

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Provider input important at managed care public meetings
(All)

Providers are encouraged to attend IA Health Link managed care public comment meetings held monthly across the state. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Article series on AHCA framework for successful clinical outcomes
(NF)

This series of articles direct clinical leaders through the Building Prevention Into Every Day Practice: Framework for Successful Clinical Outcomes Series. Read More »

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Start preparing now for new quality measures
(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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Dementia health complications: Monitoring and intervening
(All)

The onset of dementia can cause the human body to become more susceptible to health problems. Here's a staff training resource to help identify and minimize health complications. Read More »

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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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Workforce
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Guidance on when sleep time can be excluded from hours worked
(HHA)

NAHC offers analysis of the Exclusion of Sleep Time from Hours Worked by Domestic Service Employees guidance offered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. Read More »

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Dietary Services
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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 on May 18 will show how your dining program can become more resident centered. Read More »

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Association News
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Association member satisfaction survey
(All)

IHCA is conducting a member customer satisfaction survey. Watch your email for more information. Read More »

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ECSI vendor offers satisfaction survey tool - CoreQ
(All)

Learn more about the satisfaction survey options that ESCI Preferred Vendor, BCG Research, has to offer IHCA member organizations. Read More »

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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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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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Education for everyone at national convention
(NF, AL, RCF)

Find education specific to your goals at the AHCA/NCAL 67th Annual Convention & Expo, in Nashville on October 16-19. 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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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 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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Medical Directors and Pharmacists Senior Care Conference, July 16-17, Arnolds Park
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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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Legislature and State
Regulatory and Payment
Managed Care
Quality Improvement
Workforce
Dietary Services
Association News
National Nursing Home Week
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