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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 27, 2016
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Regulatory and Payment
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CMS resources for PBJ launch on July 1
(NF)

The mandatory reporting period for CMS' new Payroll Based Journal staffing data system begins July 1. Here are resources offered by CMS for nursing facilities' success in preparing. Read More »

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Guidance and resources for LTC on civil rights regs
(NF)

This new guidance offers steps that long term care facilities can take to ensure the MDS is properly used to facilitate compliance and avoid discriminatory practices towards residents. Read More »
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SNF Quality Reporting Program reporting requirements
(NF)

Reporting requirements for the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) take effect October 1, 2016. This conference call on July 12 will review the requirements. Register in advance! Read More »

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Pre-claim review demonstration for home health
(HHA)

A second CMS Special Open Door Forum (ODF) on the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services is being held on Tuesday, June 28. This applies to home care providers who provide services in Illinois, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts. Read More »

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Observation stays addressed in NOTICE Act
(All)

AHCA/NCAL shared members' opinions on implementation of the NOTICE Act observation status requirements with CMS. Read More »

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Medicaid provider enrollment application fee
(Medicaid providers)

The IME requires an application fee for certain newly enrolling and re-enrolling providers effective August 1, 2016. Read More »
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Pharmacy program changes for Medicaid
(Medicaid providers)

Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program changes were announced in this Informational Letter. Read More »

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Managed Care
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IHCA managed care reimbursement survey - due Tuesday
(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. Deadline extended to Tuesday! Read More »

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Managed care call recording available
(All)

Our next Members Only Managed Care conference call is July 13 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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Who ISN'T converting to managed care?
(All)

IME director provides insight into which Iowa Medicaid members and services are excluded from managed care and remain covered through Iowa Medicaid Fee-for-Service (FFS). Read More »

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Baddeloo selected for MAAC managed care workgroup
(All)

The workgroup will take the lead on reviewing data and forming questions and recommendations for the MAAC Council. Read More »
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Workforce
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Supreme Court declines review of overtime lawsuit
(HHA)

NAHC's challenge to new DoL rules that provide home care aides and personal care attendants with rights to overtime pay was declined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More »

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Influenza update
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Recommendation against using live nasal spray flu vaccine
(All)

IDPH recommends that live attenuated influenza vaccine NOT be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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Don't let bed bugs feel at home
(All)

Keep and practice up-to-date bed bug prevention policies and procedures. Here are resources to help. Read More »

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Medical directors
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Association for medical directors on the horizon
(All)

The IHCA Board of Directors have as a priority to assist with restarting the AMDA chapter in Iowa. Learn more about how your medical director can benefit from this venture. Read More »

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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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Convention
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PAC Golf registration is in full swing!
(All)

It's golf season and you know what that means...The Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament is coming up, September 25. Sponsors and golfers can register now! Bring your own foursome or we'll pair you up with one.  Read More »

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Only 8 Trade Show booths left!
(Associate members & vendors)

Reserve your IHCA Trade Show booth now, or miss out altogether! 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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Assisted living news
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Resources to celebrate NALW
(AL, RCF)

The NALW Planning Guide and Product Catalog is now available at www.NALW.org. Please share this with your assisted living activity professionals! Read More »

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NCAL Day and much more for AL providers in Nashville
(AL, RCF)

NCAL Day at the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo adds AL emphasis for attendees. See all that Nashville holds in store for assisted living professionals! Read More »

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National News
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
(All)

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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2016 IHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 25-28, Marriott Hotel, 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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Regulatory and Payment
Managed Care
Workforce
Influenza update
Life & Fire Safety
Medical directors
Convention
Association News
Assisted living news
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