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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 13, 2016
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Education
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Regulatory and technology issues heat up at Summer Quarterly
(All)

Next week's Summer Quarterly Education Conference and Technology Fair, at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, brings together timely education topics and technology vendors. Register today! Read More »

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Medical Directors and Pharmacists Senior Care Conference
(NF - medical director, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, administrator, nurse leader)

This July conference brings together nursing facility administrators, nurses, medical directors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists to discuss ways to improve the quality of care for nursing facility residents. It's a great opportunity get your facility's health care leaders all on the same page! Read More »

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Webinar to explain Upper Payment Limit Supplemental Payment Program
(NF)

Nursing facility financial leaders - owners, executives, administrators - will want to participate in our Friday webinar on the Upper Payment Limit Supplemental Payment Program. Read More »

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Managed Care
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MCO member change deadline is Thusday
(Medicaid providers)

MCO changes must be made by June 16. Here are resources for people wanting to change their MCO. Read More »

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Letters clarify recent HCBS waiver changes and updates
(HCBS)

Informational Letter No. 1678-MC, Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Funding and Service Planning, is to clarify the changes that have occurred with the HCBS services. Also see additional letters related to HCBS. Read More »

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Watch for IHCA survey on managed care payment
(Medicaid providers)

IHCA is sending a survey to members to collect good and bad managed care payment experiences. Read More »

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Managed care conference call link and schedule
(All)

Our next Members Only managed care conference call is June 22 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 Regulatory
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Prepare now for PBJ starting July 1
(NF)

Is your nursing facility ready for the July 1 implementation of the CMS Mandatory Staffing Data Submission via the Payroll Based Journal system? If not, here is EVERYTHING you need to get started. Do not let your facility be found out of compliance come July 1! Read More »

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CMS issues plans for pre-claims review for home health agencies
(HHA)

Our home health agency members with agencies in Illinois, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts will want to check out these CMS resources on the 3-year Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services.
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Complete the MAC satisfaction survey
(HHA)

The MAC Satisfaction Indicator survey takes about 10-15 minutes and will measure your satisfaction as a Medicare provider with the performance of your MAC. Our HHA members are encouraged to participate! Read More »

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Quality
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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. Members can review the latest survey trends for NFs, ALs, HHAs and RCFs on our Members Only website. Read More »

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Are your Pneumococcal vaccination practices up to date?
(NF)

Centers that are not following current recommendations incorporated into the 2016 ACIP Adult Immunization Schedule have received deficiency citations, particularly those centers whose immunization policy references that they follow the latest ACIP guidelines. Read More »
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Resources
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Social media guidance provided by AHCA/NCAL
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL's social media guidance document offers critical information and a template social media policy to help providers ensure that social media is used correctly. Read More »

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Association News
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IHCA joins forces to participate in The Longest Day
(All)

IHCA and its divisions, ICAL and ICHC, are joining with AHCA and NCAL in participating in The Longest Day® to honor those who face Alzheimer’s with strength, heart and endurance. Board members are asked to wear purple to the June board meetings.
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Solicitation for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Board of Directors' candidates
(All)

The 2016-2017 election cycle has officially opened for Iowa Health Care Association members interested in running for a position on the IHCA Board of Directors, ICAL Board of Directors, or ICHC Board of Directors. Read More »

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National News
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Rural Health Care Access Legislation passes Congress; awaits President's signature
(NF)

New law will specify that SNFs be included as health care providers eligible to receive Rural Health Care Program support to expand and mitigate the high cost of broadband in rural areas and communities. Read More »

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Home care and hospice salary & benefits survey
(HHA, H)

Our members are encouraged to participate in these surveys led by HCS, the authoritative source for comprehensive marketplace data for home health and hospice agencies. 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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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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Nursing Facility Upper Payment Limit Program Review, June 17, 9-10 a.m., webinar
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference and Technology Fair, June 21, Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona
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NE District Meeting & Education, July 7, 9:00-noon, Cedar Falls
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SE District Meeting & Education, July 12, 10:00-1:00, West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, July 14, 9:30-12:30, Atlantic
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Medical Directors and Pharmacists Senior Care Conference, July 16-17, Arnolds Park
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NW District Meeting & Education, July 19, 10-noon, Storm Lake
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Special Morning Session - NW District Education, July 19, 10-noon, Storm Lake
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Special Afternoon Session - NW District Education, July 19, 1:00-3:00, Storm Lake
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2016 LTC Quality Symposium, July 27, West Des Moines
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Dementia Care Workshop, August 2, Coralville
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Dementia Care Workshop, August 3, Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 10, West Des Moines
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ICD-10 Coding for LTC Providers, August 18, West Des Moines
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The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, August 31-September 1, West Des Moines
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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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