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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 25, 2016
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Payment and Regulatory
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Home health condition codes
(HHA)

Effective August 1, 2016, the IME UB-04 claim form instructions will change for Field No.18-28 related to the home health agency condition codes. The change, however, is generating more questions than answers...
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New PEPPER available for home health agencies
(HHA)

A new release of the HHA PEPPER, with statistics through December 2015, is now available. Read More »
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Register for July 28 HHA PEPPER webinar
(HHA)

This training session, on Thursday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m., for HHAs will review information on PEPPER, how you can obtain your PEPPER and use it to support auditing and monitoring efforts. Read More »

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HCBS assessment tool announced
(HCBS)

DHS announces standardized assessment tool for HCBS waiver. Read More »

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Sample AL and RCF abuse policy available
(AL, RCF)

ICAL has developed a sample abuse reporting policy to help AL and RCF managers and staff determine if and when to report abuse. Read More »
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Next IHCA managed care call on July 27
(All)

Our next Members Only Managed Care conference call is July 27 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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Quality
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5-Star preview reports now available
(NF)

On Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Central, AHCA will host an all-member webinar to walk through the new CMS Five-Star data changes and answer any questions. Also see these additional resources for members on the new Five-Star data. Read More »

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Workforce
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DMACC Med Aide class
(All)

This is the last chance to take DMACC's 50-hour Medication Aide course before a new longer, more costly course is launched. 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. Share this with all departments!  Read More »

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Make the most of resources available through NCAL
(AL, RCF)

Explore all the information, education and resources that NCAL has to offer our ICAL members! Read More »

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IHCA Convention
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2016 Poster Contest and Photo Submissions
(All)

All IHCA member organizations are invited to participate in the Poster Contest and Photo Submissions that feature your seniors and/or staff. Read More »
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Support IHPAC with fun in the sun!
(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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IHCA Convention, September 26-28
(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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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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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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