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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 31, 2016
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Medicare final payment changes for 2017
(HHA)

The CY 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update final rule has been released by CMS. Read More »

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In-Home Related Care (IHHRC) and Iowa Medicaid
(AL - Medicaid, HHA)

The IHHRC program provides in-home skilled services and personal care services by non-licensed providers to members who qualify for the program. This letter offers insight into how it works with Iowa Medicaid. Read More »

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CMS explains Value Based Purchasing implementation
(NF)

CMS National Provider Call describes how the VBP program and implementation will affect SNF Medicare payments and much more... Read More »

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Statewide Alert Notification (SWAN) process change
(Medicaid providers)

DHS has made a policy change on how providers engaged in VBP Contracting, known as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), can continue to use SWAN alerts to improve health outcomes in our state. Read More »
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NF Analysis: Census, Occupancy & CMI
(NF)

Updated RUG distribution comparison report and CMI quarterly average case-mix index values from BCGmetrix. Read More »
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Social Security Number Removal Initiative Open Door Forum - November 1
(All)

CMS is hosting an open door forum on the transition from using Social Security numbers as Medicare identifiers. Read More »

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MACPAC publishes new demographic information
(All)

Here is where to go for demographic data and information on Medicaid and CHIP that can be difficult to find. Read More »

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Monthly managed care calls hosted by IHCA
(All)

IHCA Managed Care Conference Calls are now being held monthly. The next call is scheduled for November 9. Call-in information is sent to members via email prior to the event. Read More »

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DHS reporting on managed care
(All)

IHCA members will be represented on the DHS Medicaid workgroup. Read More »

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Regulatory
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New CMS requirements for food, nutrition and dining
(SNF)

AHCA's webinar next week will cover the LTC Survey Requirements for Participation changes for SNFs' dietary services. Read More »

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CMS training for new Requirements of Participation
(NF)

CMS training for LTC surveyors and providers will cover Phase 1 of the Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities effective starting November 28. Read More »
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AHCA continues actions against implementation of arbitration rule
(NF)

AHCA filed both a request for preliminary injunction and a supporting memo on the recent partial ban on arbitration in skilled nursing facilities. Read More »
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CMS rescinds SNF Benefit Policy Manual language
(NF)

CMS responds to AHCA's concerns voiced over new policy language. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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Changes related to Life Safety Code
(NF)

IHCA Life Safety Committee warns of new and changing inspection, testing and maintenance requirements with the Life Safety Code 2012 Edition adoption as well as its referenced codes and the 2012 Edition of NFPA 99. Read More »

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Workforce
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OSHA anti-retaliation provisions
(All)

OSHA's new anti-retaliation protection effective date is delayed until December. Read More »

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Updated OSHA Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs
(All)

The guidelines are not new mandates, but are recommended practices to prevent workplace injuries that can be implemented in any industry. 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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Quality Improvement
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Getting started with LTC Trend Tracker
(NF, AL, RCF)

Now is a great time to get started tracking important quality measures. If you haven't already registered to use the free tool, LTC Trend Tracker, don't put it off any longer! 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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Assisted living 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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Is your AL up to date on hospice care policies?
(AL)

The manual includes the End of Life and Caring for Bedridden Residents staff training DVDs. Read More »
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Do this!
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Participate in salary and benefits survey!
(NF, AL)

Assisted living and long term care salary and benefits studies are in progress. Members are asked to participate. Read More »
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Nominations open for 100 Great Iowa Nurses
(All)

100 Great Iowa Nurses - Help make sure our terrific long term services and supports nurses are well represented on the 2017 list. Submit your nominations by December 31! 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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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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