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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 15, 2016
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Payment and Regulatory
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Release of HCBS Waiver slots
(HCBS providers)

DHS announced additional HCBS waiver slots in an effort to reduce the HCBS waiver waiting lists. Read More »
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Hospice services reimbursement
(SNF, H)

Iowa's MCOs provide resources to help with submitting claims properly for reimbursement for hospice services. Read More »

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IHCA managed care call, August 24
(All)

Our next Members Only Managed Care conference call is August 24 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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CMS memo on immediate imposition of federal remedies
(NF)

A CMS memo, S&C: 16-31-NH, gives advance guidance relating to revisions in SOM Chapter 7 regarding policies on the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies (previously referred to as Opportunity to Correct or No Opportunity to Correct). Read More »

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RCF med aide requirements changing
(RCF)

A rule revision is effective September 7 for residential care facility certified medication aide requirements. Read More »

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DHS Annual Provider Training scheduled
(SNF, HCBS)

The DHS 2016 Annual Provider Training will focus on the transition to managed care. All SNF and HCBS providers should plan to attend. Read More »

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Informational Letters to include 'applies to' indicator
(All)

IME is adding an ‘applies to’ indicator to its Informational Letters.
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Quality Improvement
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New data used in latest Five-Star rating release
(NF)

AHCA offers analysis and resources for understanding how the new CMS Five-Star data affects your Nursing Home Compare quality rating. Read More »

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Report highlights AL quality measures and instruments
(AL)

Assisted livings can use the report as a resource to identify measures and instruments to assist in quality improvement efforts. Read More »
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CMS Data Elements and Measure Development Call - August 31
NF

Learn from CMS how data elements are used in measure development and how information from assessment instruments is used to calculate quality measures. 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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Move forward with AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program!
(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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Workforce
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Building a strong and stable home care workforce
(HHA)

CMS releases guidance encouraging State Medicaid programs to strengthen and stabilize the home care workforce. Read More »
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Resources
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Want to say 'no' to Pokemon Go?
(All)

It is possible to have your location removed from the Pokemon Go game. Here's how... Read More »
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Education
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Important changes on two upcoming IHCA education events
(All)

Please note these changes to the MDS 3.0 Update class and Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer program. Read More »

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Convention
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Keynotes will take the stage!
(All)

The 2016 IHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 26-28 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, will feature three stellar keynote speakers to share messages on building your quality brand! Read More »
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Stake your place in the sun!
(All)

Don't miss out on the fun in the sun at the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament, 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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IHCA, ICAL and ICHC elections and annual meeting
(All)

Online election of IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Boards of Directors officers and directors-at-large begins August 22. Each member organization's approved voting representative will received an email from IHCA Election Center voter@associationelections.comRead More »
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National Assisted Living Week
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Make the most of NALW resources!
(AL)

As National Assisted Living Week approaches, now is the time to begin planning outreach to your local press and sharing the great events you have planned for your community! Be sure to make the most of tools available from NCAL! 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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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  SESSION CLOSED 
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MDS 3.0 Update Class, September 14, West Des Moines NEW SESSION ADDED  
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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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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 13, West Des Moines  DATE CHANGED
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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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