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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 7, 2016
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Regulatory
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Court injunction delays CMS Arbitration Rule implementation
(NF)

The injunction will bar CMS from implementing the final rule that bans pre-arbitration agreements in skilled nursing and nursing facilities. Read More »
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Payroll Based Journal: Submit staffing data by November 14
(SNF)

Nursing facilities MUST be registered for PBJ and begin submitting data or have an agreement in place through a vendor for submission by November 14 to remain in compliance with the Requirements of Participation and avoid survey sanctions. Read More »
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Implementation of ACA Section 1557
(All)

DHS has outlined Communication and Operational requirements for ACA Section 1557. Read More »

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Guidance on access and cultural considerations
(Medicaid providers)

This IME letter outlines provisions of the CMS guidance on access and cultural considerations. Read More »

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Involuntary discharge notice: Make sure you're following the rules
(NF, AL)

Regulations require a facility to issue a 30-day involuntary discharge notice (or an emergency involuntary discharge/transfer notice in the case of legitimate emergency situations). Make sure your organization is following the proper procedure! Read More »

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AL recertification without a monitoring visit
(AL)

DIA provides clarification regarding recertification being issued prior to monitoring visits. Read More »

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CMS releases SNF inpatient compliance tips
(SNF)

New resource clarifies the distinction between skilled services Medicare payments and custodial services not paid by Medicare. Read More »
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Wednesday webinar on CMS food, nutrition and dining rule changes
(SNF)

All SNF dietary leaders need to participate in AHCA's webinar on the Requirements for Participation dietary services' changes. Read More »

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CMS training for new Requirements of Participation
(SNF)

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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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS to begin denying claims with no matching OASIS
(HHA)

A new CMS policy, effective April 17, 2017, automates the denial of home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) claims when the condition of payment for submitting patient assessment data has not been met. Read More »

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RCF rate and allowance amounts for 2017
(RCF)

IME has released the RCF maximum per diem rate increase and personal needs allowance decrease for 2017. Read More »
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Documentation submission process
(HHA, NF, RCF, HCBS Waiver)

The letter outlines the steps for using the Iowa Medicaid Portal Access system to upload documents for the new submission process. Read More »
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Electronic Visit Verification
(HHA and Waiver Providers)

Implementation of the Electronic Visit Verification program has been delayed until at least Fall 2017. Read More »
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Client participation refresher
(Medicaid providers)

Make sure staff, residents and families have a good understanding of "client participation" and what it means in their specific case. Read More »

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Monthly call to feature Ombudsman Office's managed care resources
(All)

The monthly IHCA Managed Care Conference Call on Wednesday will include an overview of the State Managed Care Ombudsman program and available resources. Call-in information is sent to members via email prior to the event. Read More »

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Prior authorization summary by plan
(Medicaid providers)

Here's a great prior authorization resource to keep on hand. Read More »

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Association News
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Here's why you should support your medical director's membership
(NF)

Give your medical director the resources to be your facility's post-acute and long term care clinical expert and advocate! Read More »
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Conference brings in AL leaders to cover today's hot topics
(AL)

AL owners, managers and nurse leaders - this conference is a "must attend" for you! Read More »

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2017 IHCA committees: Member recruitment
(All)

Volunteering to serve on an IHCA committee is your opportunity to get involved. All employees at IHCA member organizations are eligible to serve on any committee. Selections must be submitted by Thursday, December 1. Read More »
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Do this!
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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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Your participation is important!!
(NF multi-facility, AL)

Assisted living and multi-facility corporate long term care salary and benefits studies are in progress. Members are asked to participate. 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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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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LTC Nurse and Leadership Program, December 6-7, West Des Moines
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Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 14, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, West Des Moines
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Home Health Care Conference, December 14, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, West Des Moines
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Health Care Assistants Education Conference, December 14, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 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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