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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 24, 2016
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Regulatory and Reimbursement
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AHCA files court challenge to Arbitration Rule
(NF)

AHCA filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services challenging the legality of the new regulation prohibiting SNFs/NFs from entering into pre-dispute arbitration agreements with residents. Read More »

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NAHC submits comments on falls measure
(HHA)

NAHC has submitted comments on the proposed measure for Falls with Major Injury required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act. Read More »
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NCAL voices concerns about HCBS Final Rule implementation
(HCBS providers)

NCAL sent a letter to CMS about concerns on the implementation of the home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver final rule that excludes certain providers from being eligible to offer HCBS services. Read More »

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Sample abuse policy for ALPs, RCFs now available
(AL, RCF)

IHCA and ICAL have developed a sample policy to help managers and clinicians create an abuse reporting policy. Read More »

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Webinar on CMS expanding imposition of federal remedies
(NF)

IHCA will host a free webinar on Friday to discuss increases in G-level deficiencies with CMPs and denial of payment for new admissions. Read More »

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Important CMS developments in MLN Connects
(NF)

Last week's MLN Connection Provider eNews included several items of importance to nursing facility providers. Read More »
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Changes to Home Health Change of Care Notice
(HHA)

The revised Home Health Change of Care Notice is now available online. Read More »

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When to reach out to the MCO case manager
(All)

When does the MCO case manager need to be notified? Here's a list of typical situations that require contact with a the MCO case manager. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Trend Tracker expands AL measures
(AL)

NCAL has added four new assisted living measures to LTC Trend Tracker: hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotic medications, and occupancy rates. Read More »
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2016 Provider Quality Management Self-Assessment
(HCBS providers)

HCBS self-assessment process and requirements training and changes are outlined in IME letter. Read More »

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Home health QRP training
(HHA)

Learn about the Home Health (HH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) assessment-based data collection instructions and updates associated with the changes in the January 1, 2017, release. 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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Emergency Preparedness
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Resources for Emergency Preparedness requirements
(All)

These resources can help home health agencies, hospice, nursing facilities and residential care facilities develop documents mandated by the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. Read More »

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Education
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Conference keys on assisted living topics
(AL)

This conference - dedicated to assisted living - is a "must-attend" for AL owners, managers and nurse leaders! Read More »

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Medical Directors
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AMDA Society grows strong physicians
(NF)

How can your medical director benefit from membership in IPALTC and AMDA Society? Read this testimonial and share it with your medical director! Plus, find out how to save on the cost of membership. Read More »

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Association News
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Board leadership announced at state and national conventions
(All)

2016-2017 board members are announced by IHCA, ICAL, ICHC, AHCA and NCAL. Read More »

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National News
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Where the candidates stand on health care and long term care
(All)

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice's articles provide information on the health care and long-term care positions of the presidential candidates. 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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Education Calendar
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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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NW District Education, November 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Storm Lake
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 10, West Des Moines
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NE District Education, November 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, November 15, 10 a.m. to noon, West Liberty
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Assisted Living Managers Education Conference, November 16, West Des Moines
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SW District Education, November 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Atlantic
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Restorative Nursing Program, November 30, 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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