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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 14, 2016
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Regulatory
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PBJ data submission message from CMS
(NF)

CMS addressed several technical questions related to the PBJ submission process which started November 14. Read More »
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OCR Nondiscrimination Rule: Requirements & Compliance
(NF, AL, RCF)

This final rule has largely flown under the radar since its publication, begging the question: Are you prepared to comply with the new requirements? This AHCA/NCAL webinar can help! Read More »
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OIG 2017 Work Plan released
(NF, HH)

See what OIG plans to focus its reviews and activities on for skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies in 2017. Read More »

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Payment and Managed Care
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Medicare Part B Therapy Cap Values for 2017
(NF, HH)

CMS announced the update to the annual per-beneficiary Medicare Part B outpatient therapy, PT and OT caps for CY 2017 Read More »

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CMS issues RFI on Medicaid HCBS
(HCBS providers)

CMS is seeking public input on reforms and policy options for home and community-based services (HCBS) Read More »

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Limitations of HCBS home delivered meals
(HCBS providers)

IME clarifies the home delivered meals Medicaid benefit for HCBS waivers and the codes for billing. Read More »
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Home health claim billing reminders
(HHA)

United Healthcare offers reminders for home health claims billing. Read More »

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ID waiver tiered-rate stakeholder group
(HCBS)

The Department of Human Services is working to move HCBS waiver services to a tiered-rate reimbursement methodology. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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CMS implementation plans for emergency preparedness rules
(NF, HH)

Here is information and links related to the implementation plan for the emergency preparedness regulation. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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CMS issues MDS Focused Survey summary
(NF)

CMS provides an overview of the FY 2015 MDS Focused Surveys results, including the types of deficiencies and errors identified. Read More »
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Quality Award Program Intent to Apply period closes on Thursday
(NF, AL, RCF)

While signing up during the Intent to Apply is not mandatory, it does benefit members by reducing their overall application fee and providing weekly tips on submitting a successful application. Read More »
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Quality Initiative Series webcast: Part 3
(NF, AL, RCF)

Learn what other NF and AL providers are doing to succeed in reducing unintended healthcare outcomes. Read More »
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Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide from AHRQ
(NF)

This guide is customizable to meet facilities' specific needs to improve antibiotic use and decrease harms caused by inappropriate prescribing. Read More »
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IPALTC
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Medical director: Expand your clinical expert's resources
(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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Music and Movie Licensing
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Motion Picture Licensing Corporation Umbrella License discount
(NF, AL, RCF)

Don't miss out on this introductory discount of almost 40 percent for qualifying AHCA/NCAL member facilities that secure an Umbrella License® before December 31, 2016. Read More »

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Call waiting music is music to BMI's ears
(NF, AL)

Call waiting music played over a phone system is a tip-off to music licensing staff that an organization is using copyrighted music and may not have a license to do so. Read More »

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Education
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Book rooms early: IHCA 2017 convention room block open
(All)

Make reservations now for the 2017 IHCA Convention and Trade Show. Read More »

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Wednesday - AL Conference covers the latest hot topics
(AL)

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

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Association News
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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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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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CDC launches 2016 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers
(AL, RCF)

If your residential care community is contacted, make your voice heard by participating in the study. 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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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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Quality and Survey
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