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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 12, 2016
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Regulatory
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DIA reiterates policy on social media
(SNF)

DIA provides insight to IHCA member nursing facilities on federal surveyor oversight coming on photo and social media policy in S&C Letter: 16-33-NH.  Read More »

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Important HHVBP webinars
(HHA)

All Iowa home health agencies need to participate in these webinars on the mandatory pilot program that includes all Iowa HHAs. Read More »
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New CMS requirements for food, nutrition and dining
(SNF)

The LTC Survey Requirements for Participation are changing and SNFs' dietary services will be expected to be in compliance. Read More »
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Nurse's role in delegation vs. assignment
(AL, RCF)

This webinar will help explain the differences between assignment and delegation, and the responsibilities of the employer, nurse leader, delegating nurse, and delegatee in the process of delegation. Read More »
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Upcoming CMS events
(SNF)

Upcoming CMS webcasts and provider calls for nursing facilities. Read More »

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Check updated LEIE Database
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

Given the penalties and recent government warnings, long term care providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis. Here is an updated version... Read More »
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Reimbursement
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MDS 3.0 RAI Manual update included in upcoming education
(NF)

The updated version of the 3.0 RAI Manual is effective October 1. IHCA education this week and in November will include the updates. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Managed care call on Wednesday
(All)

The next IHCA Managed Care Call is Wednesday, September 14. Submit questions in advance to Brandon HagenRead More »

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Wednesday: SNF Quality Reporting Program webinar
(SNF)

Register for this important webinar on Wednesday about the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), effective October 1, 2016. Read More »

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Take the next step toward the Silver Award
(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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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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IHCA Convention
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Calling all members: Convention posters and photos
(All)

Make sure your residents and staff are part of the 2016 Convention slide show! The deadline for submitting photos is Thursday, September 15. Also, plan now to submit a poster for the Convention Contest! All member organizations - NF, AL, RCF, HHA and independent senior living communities - are invited to participate. Read More »

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PAC fundraiser: Join the fun!
(All)

Don't miss the fun! Get registered now for the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament, September 25. Bring your own foursome or we'll pair you up with one.  Read More »

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Association News
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Board elections now in progress
(All)

Online election of IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Boards of Directors officers and directors-at-large is now in progress. Each member organization's approved voting representative received an email from IHCA Election Center voter@associationelections.com. Online voting closes on September 21, 2016. 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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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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Silver Award Application Workday, October 6, West 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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, November 1, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, November 2, 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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