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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 5, 2016
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Managed Care
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IHCA meets with DHS & MCOs on members' concerns
(Medicaid providers)

Here is a summary of the discussion that IHCA staff members had with representatives of DHS and the MCOs regarding our nursing facility, assisted living and home health agency members' concerns with the managed care process. Read More »

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Extension announced for HCBS waiver service plans
(HCBS)

The extension for HCBS waiver service plans has been extended to July 31, 2016. Read More »

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Medicare crossover claims transition delayed
(NF, HHA)

The automated crossover process for Medicare crossover claims that was expected to transition to the MCOs by the end of June 2016, will now transition at a later date. Read More »

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Medical and Waiver transportation update
(Medicaid providers)

IME has provided addition information and clarification on NEMT and HCBS Waiver transportation for FFS and IA Health Link. Read More »

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ICF/ID monthly provider assessments
(ICF/ID)

Here are details on changes to provider assessments that are in process. IME will notify providers when new forms are ready. Read More »

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Reimbursement
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CMS issues proposed payment changes for Medicare HHA for 2017
(HHA)

NAHC provides an in-depth summary of the CMS proposed changes to home health prospective payment rates, including value base purchasing and other payment-related issues. Read More »

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Next IHCA managed care call on July 13
(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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Regulatory
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Mandatory Staffing Data on PBJ effective July 1
(NF)

The mandatory reporting period for CMS' new Payroll Based Journal staffing data system began July 1. This transition requires implementation time. Don't let your facility be found out of compliance! Here are resources offered by DIA, CMS, AHCA and IHCA for nursing facilities' success in preparing. 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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Guidance for LTC facilities on civil rights regulations
(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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CMS call on SNF QRP reporting requirements
(NF)

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

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Watch for new poster coming from State Ombudsman
(All)

New poster being issued by State Ombudsman's Office. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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CMS adopts 2012 Edition of NFPA, LSC and HCFC
(NF)

CMS memo outlines changes to survey and certification process under 2012 Life Safety Code and 2012 Health Care Facilities Code effective July 5. Read More »

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Workforce
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DOL revisions update overtime "white collar" exemptions
(All)

New regulations, effective December 1, 2016, revise the overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees, commonly known as the “white collar” exemptions. Read More »

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Wages and Staffing/Turnover data from BCG Data
(NF)

ECSI Preferred Vendor, BCG Data Services, offers these initial analytics on the periodic change in Wages and Staffing and Turnover for IHCA member nursing facilities. Read More »

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New resource for recruiting and retaining quality staff
(All)

These ideas for staff recruitment and retention can be considered and adapted by all long term care services and supports providers! Read More »

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Careers section expands with CNA and career development resources
(All)

Our website's Careers section at www.iowahealthcare.org has been expanded and improved! Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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New CDC online flu vaccination toolkit for NFs
(All)

Here are online resources to help launch a successful influenza vaccination program as part of your influenza infection prevention plan. Read More »
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Telligen offers NF quality certification course
(NF)

A new no-cost, online certification program will instruct up to 400 nursing home professionals in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) methods. Learn more and register! Read More »

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FREE web series on AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
(NF, AL)

AHCA/NCAL's new 8-part webcast series is designed to assist members with using the Quality Initiative to achieve quality success in these changing times. 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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IHCA Convention
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IHCA Convention registration is now open!
(All)

Registration is now open for the 2016 IHCA Convention and Trade Show. The event is September 26-28 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. Read More »
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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 a few 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 TODAY
(All)

The nomination period closes TODAY for the 2016-2017 election cycle 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 Assisted Living Week
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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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National News
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AHCA mid-year report
(NF)

AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson addresses the reimbursement successes and regulatory burdens raising concerns among nursing facility providers across the nation. Read More »

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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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Bronze Award Application Workshop, August 25, West Des Moines
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Social Services Conference, August 30, 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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AANAC-Resident Assesment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), September 6-8, West Des Moines
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MDS 3.0 Update Class, September 13, West Des Moines   
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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, September 14, 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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