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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 29, 2016
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Convention
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A whole lot of education for everyone!
(All)

You'll have over 50 education breakout sessions to chose from at the 2016 IHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 26-28 in Des Moines. Round up your posse and get registered today! Read More »

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Friday is deadline for photo submissions
(All)

The convention slide show needs your organization's photos to be complete. Get them sent in by FRIDAY. All member organizations are invited to send photos that feature your seniors and/or staff. Read More »

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FORE!...a good cause!
(All)

Don't miss out on 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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Managed Care
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UHC nursing home paper claims
(SNF/NF)

Incorrect form completion is slowing down UHC nursing facility claims. Here's clarification to help. Read More »

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IME provides clarification on Field 18
(HHA)

New Diagnosis Code replaces Condition Codes previously used in Field 18. Read More »

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Managed care calls going to once a month
(All)

IHCA Managed Care Calls are going to once a month starting on September 14. Submit questions in advance to Brandon HagenRead More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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Reminder: Physicians must be enrolled in Medicaid Program
(SNF, HCBS, HHA)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires physicians or other eligible practitioners to be enrolled in the Medicaid program to order, prescribe and refer items or services for Medicaid recipients, even when they do not submit claims to Medicaid for making the referral or writing an order. Read More »
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Payroll-Based Journal: Have you registered and submitted data yet?
(SNF)

If you haven’t submitted any staffing or census data, begin the process or have an agreement in place through a vendor for submission.The November 14 compliance deadline is fast approaching! Read More »

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CMS Open Door Forum summary
(HHA)

CMS held a Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on August 23. NAHC has provided a call summary for home health and hospice providers. Read More »

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Register for DHS Annual Provider Training
(SNF, HCBS)

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

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Clinical
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CDC releases report on sepsis
(All)

The CDC's report on sepsis, a serious and often fatal clinical syndrome, offers resources for educating staff. Read More »

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Attention RNs in long term care and home health!
(NF, AL, HHA)

Having RNs on staff with a specialty certification benefits the organization, co-workers and, especially the residents and patients! Learn more about it... Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Don't let your Bronze Award status go dormant!
(NF, RCF, AL)

Bronze Award recipients from 2014 or before must submit a Silver application in the 2017 award cycle to maintain their Bronze status. Let our FREE Silver Award Application Workday help you get the process started. Read More »

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SNF Quality Reporting Program webinar
(SNF)

Register for this important webinar on the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), effective October 1, 2016. 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 quality measure development and how information from assessment instruments is used to calculate quality measures. Read More »
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Workforce
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Violence against homecare field staff
(HHA)

OSHA provides a "road map" for home health providers to follow in addressing the issue of violence against homecare staff members. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA/NCAL strikes agreement with Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
(NF, AL, RCF)

Member facilities can receive discount on Umbrella License through December 31. 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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Association News
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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 began last week. Each member organization's approved voting representative received an email from IHCA Election Center voter@associationelections.comRead More »
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National Assisted Living Week
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Dress up NALW!
(AL, RCF)

Get some fun NALW items before the big week arrives! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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QAPI Training Workshop, October 11, West 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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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 10, 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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Managed Care
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Clinical
Quality Improvement
Workforce
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Association News
National Assisted Living Week
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