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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 1, 2016
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Regulatory and Payment
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Protect security of electronic medical records
(All)

Providers are advised to NOT give DIA surveyors (or anyone) remote access to facilities' electronic medical records. Read More »
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2016 Medicaid provider enrollment renewal
(Medicaid providers)

Provider enrollment renewal is a requirement for all providers (note the exceptions) in order to stay active in the Iowa Medicaid program and is required by the Affordable Care Act. Read More »
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Section GG: What's it all about?
(SNF)

Beginning October 1, skilled nursing centers will be required to complete MDS 3.0, Section GG on admission performance, discharge goals and discharge performance. Read More »
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CMS proposes more mandatory bundles
(SNF)

CMS is implementing three new mandatory bundled payment episodes and making refinements to the ongoing BPCI initiative models. Read More »
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Managed Care
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UnitedHealthcare LTSS rate update
(All)

UnitedHealthcare has provided an update on rates for nursing facilities, HCBS and home health agencies. Read More »
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Next IHCA managed care call on August 10
(All)

Our next Members Only Managed Care conference call is August 10 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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Providers will want to be in the room
(All)

IHCA members are encouraged to participate in this week's, Join the Conversation: Iowa Dialogue on Helping Older Adults Maintain the Highest Quality of Life Possible, on Thursday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Read More »
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Tools to help prepare for new 5-Star release
(NF)

Even though CMS has delayed the release of the new Five-Star rankings on its Nursing Home Compare (NHC) website, facilities still need to be prepared. Here are tools and resources from AHCA to help SNFs be ready for these changes to the Five-Star rating criteria. Read More »

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Use LTC Trend Tracker to help your organization succeed
(AL)

Use LTC Trend Tracker to see how your assisted living community compares to others. AHCA/NCAL oers the ONLY nationwide collection of quality metrics on assisted living. Read More »
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Disaster Preparedness
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Template to help with facility evacuation planning
(NF)

The final CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule being released this fall will require nursing facilities conduct either disaster drills or table top exercises with community stakeholder involvement. Here's a template to help with the process.  Read More »

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Helping elders through disasters and emergencies
(All)

This resource gives a comprehensive overview for people work in the field of aging, on disasters and emergencies, and their affect on the mental health and well-being of older persons. Read More »

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Influenza update
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Study to give free flu vaccine to nursing homes
(NF)

Participate in study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine on rates of hospitalization among long-term care residents, and receive free flu vaccine! Read More »
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Awards
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Share award nomination info with staff and residents
(All)

Let your staff and residents decide the programs and people to nominate! IHCA Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Award nominations are due August 10.  Read More »

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Convention
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Quality is our Brand - Join the roundup!
(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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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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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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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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SNF Medicare Review, October 12, Iowa City
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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
Quality
Disaster Preparedness
Influenza update
Awards
Convention
National News
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