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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 21, 2016
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Payment and Regulatory
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190 Iowa NFs face non-compliance on July 1
(NF)

In Iowa, 190 facilities will very likely to be out of compliance on July 1 when the CMS Mandatory Staffing Data Submission requirements go into effect. Read More »

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CMS migration to 2012 Life Safety Code
(NF)

The transition to the 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code is effective July 5 for nursing facilities. Read More »

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AHCA's comments on SNF PPS proposed rule
(NF)

AHCA submitted its comments to CMS on the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) Proposed Rule for fiscal year (FY) 2017. Read More »
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Managed Care
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IHCA managed care reimbursement survey
(All)

IHCA member providers are asked to provide positive and constructive comments managed care payment issues using in our survey: IHCA Managed Care Reimbursement Survey.   Read More »

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Managed care call on Wednesday at 11:30
(All)

Our next Members Only managed care conference call is Wednesday 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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Managed care considerations for smoking cessation
(All)

IME continues to require referral for counseling prior to obtaining medications to assist with smoking cessation for all Medicaid members. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Medical Directors and Pharmacists Senior Care Conference
(NF - medical director, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, administrator, nurse leader)

Don't miss this great opportunity to bring together nursing facility administrators, nurses, medical directors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists to discuss improving the quality of care for nursing facility residents. It's an quality improvement opportunity your facility should not miss! Read More »

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Special dementia training at AHCA/NCAL convention
(All)

Administrators, directors and nurses interested in quality dementia care should consider this special learning opportunity at the AHCA/NCAL Convention and ExpoRead More »
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Get a jump start on the 2017 National Quality Award Program
(NF, AL, RCF)

No need to wait around. Start taking steps toward your 2017 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award goals. Read More »

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Association News
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IHCA Quality and Excellence Award nominations due August 10
(All)

The IHCA Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Award nominations are now being accepted. New this year, all nominations will be submitted using an online application.  Read More »

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Board candidate nominations due by July 5
(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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Last chance for Trade Show booths
(Associate members & vendors)

Only eight booths remain for the IHCA Trade Show! Reserve yours today or miss out altogether. Read More »

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National News
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National research study on home care and hospice
(HHA, H)

Call for participation: Home health and hospice providers are encouraged to participate in the 2016 National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study. 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, 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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