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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 16, 2016
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Managed Care
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Prior authorization changes made by UnitedHealthcare
(HHA)

ICHC was notified by UnitedHealthcare last week of changes being made to streamline their prior authorization processes for home health agencies. Read More »

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UHC clarifies claims and billing issues
(All)

IHCA discussed its members' billing and claims concerns with United Healthcare. Read More »

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UHC provides guide for finding benefits and status
(All)

MCOs have been asked to provide directions for finding the prior authorization case or reference number. IHCA has received instructions from UHC. Read More »

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AHC Iowa's prior authorization submissions training
(All)

Webinars on AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa's web-based service for submitting prior authorizations electronically. Read More »
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MCO grievance and complaint processes
(All)

DHS has outlined grievance and appeals processes for the IA HealthLink managed care program. Read More »
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Managed care conference call recording
(All)

Our next members-only managed care conference call is May 25 at 11:30.  Submit questions in advance to Brandon Hagen. Members also have access to recordings of the calls. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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60-day Overpayment Rule webinar
(NF)

AHCA is offering a free webinar on the Medicare 60-day Ovepayment Rule.  Read More »

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IME processing of Medicare crossover claims
(NF,ICF/ID, HHA)

IME clarifies claim submission expectations after a claim has been adjudicated by Medicare and Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to the IME for the Iowa Medicaid Fee-for-Service (FFS) population. Read More »
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Process of AI/AN race option member application
(Medicaid providers)

Medicaid members that are AI/AN, and have not chosen the AI/AN “Race Option” on their Medicaid application will automatically be enrolled with an MCO. Read More »
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Public comment period for OASIS-C2
(HHA)

Public comments on the OASIS-C2 data set are due by May 31. Here are links for reviewing and submitting comments. Read More »

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Action alert: Ask Iowa Congressmen to cosign letter by Wednesday
(HHA)

The deadline for signing the letter is Thursday, May 19, so please act now using NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to contact your member of the U.S. House and request that they sign on to the letter today. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS guidance on providing services to justice involved individuals
(NF, ICF/ID)

For SNFs/NFs, the memo emphasizes the importance of each facility ensuring the rights of all residents consistent with law and regulation. Read More »
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Check the LEIE database
(All)

Healthcare providers are required to check to ensure that excluded individuals are not working in their facilities or face significant fines. Read More »
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Quality
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CDC launches new hand hygiene campaign
(All)

The CDC has launched a new Clean Hands Count campaign  to encourage health care professionals, patients and their families to prevent the spread of infections by practicing good hand hygiene. Check out the resources.
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Dietary Services
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Wednesday: Free webinar on quality outcomes in dining
(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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Associate Member News
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Embracing technology for recruitment and retention
(All)

IHCA Associate Member, PointClickCare's, survey of senior living providers showed staff continuity, staff recruitment, and staff retention as the top areas of concern for their business. 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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Association News
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Association member survey starts today
(All)

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

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Deadline Friday for IHCA's NAHCA conference scholarship
(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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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 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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Education Calendar
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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  Registration Closed
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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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Summer Quarterly Education Conference and Technology Fair, June 21, Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona
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Dietary Managers Conference, June 15, West Des Moines
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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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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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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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