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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 8, 2016
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Regulatory
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CMS memo on photos and recordings of residents
(NF)

All nursing facility owners and administrators should read the letter in its entirety and make sure their facility is in compliance. IHCA and AHCA offer resources that will help nursing facilities comply.  Read More »

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Stay on track! Begin submitting staffing data on PBJ
(SNF)

Nursing facility providers should start submitting staffing data prior to the November 14 deadline to get a sense of whether or not the data collected will accurately be accepted by PBJ. Read More »

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SNF Quality Reporting Program resources
(SNF/NF)

CMS has several resources to help nursing facilities prepare for the October 1 implementation of the SNF Quality Reporting Program. Read More »

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Helping residents vote: What LTC facilities can and cannot do
(All)

Individuals residing in long-term care facilities often encounter barriers when it comes to accessing and participating in the political process, with a frequent concern being, "How do I vote?" Read More »
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Payment
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CMS issues FY 2017 SNF PPS Final Rule
(SNF/NF)

AHCA/NCAL has reviewed the FY 2017 SNF PPS Final Rule and developed a detailed summary for our NF members. Read More »

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HCBS rate and rate floor changes
(HCBS)

IME announces changes to the upper limits and reimbursement rates for providers of HCBS waiver services. Read More »
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HCBS Waiver Slot attrition guidelines
(HCBS)

IME has updated the protocol for the attrition and reissue of HCBS slots. Read More »
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OIG Advisory approves SNF/Hospice arrangement
(NF)

Office of Inspector General (OIG) offers an opinion on supplemental payments by hospice to nursing facilities for room and board expenses of residents who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Read More »
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Managed Care
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Managed Care Ombudsman Program
(All)

The Managed Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights and needs of Medicaid managed care members who receive care in a health care facility or are enrolled in a home and community-based waiver program. Read More »
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IHCA managed care call: NFs at 11:30; HHAs at 12:00
(All)

Our next Members Only Managed Care conference call is August 10 at 11:30 a.m.  Nursing facility questions will be addressed at 11:30 and home health agency topics will be discussed starting at 12:00. Submit questions in advance to Brandon Hagen. Members also have access to recordings of the calls. Read More »

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State
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Governor's Award recipient is IHCA member
(All)

Congratulations to Atlantic Specialty Care in Atlantic on being announced a recipient of the 2016 Governor's Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities.  Read More »
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2016 call for centenarians
(All)

DoA needs your help in identifying centenarians for the 2016 Centenarian Recognition event. Read More »

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Quality
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Don't let the Quality Award Program leave you behind!
(NF, AL, RCF)

If you haven't done it yet, now is the time to start on your AHCA/NCAL Quality Award application for 2017. IHCA has 125 Bronze and 7 Silver Award recipients. Don't be left behind! Read More »

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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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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. Members can review the latest survey trends for NFs, ALs, HHAs and RCFs on our Members Only website. 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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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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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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AHCA/NCAL Convention
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Great opportunity for CARES dementia training
(NF, AL, RCF)

Learn how to implement the CARES online training program recommended by CMS and AHCA/NCAL and become eligible for individual Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification. 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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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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LTC Nurse and Leadership Program, October 26-December 7, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 7-11, 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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