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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 28, 2016
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Regulatory - Workforce
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Federal court blocks Overtime Rule
(All)

The injunction blocks the DOL from enforcing its regulation set to begin December 1, 2016, that raised the salary level for white-collar employees to over $47,000 per year. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Updated Resident Rights, Abuse Policy and Occupancy Agreement
(NF)

Updated documents reflect the changes effective November 28 for revised CMS Requirements of Participation. Read More »

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OIG 2017 Work Plan for home health
(HHA)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to address two areas, one of them new, for home health. Read More »
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Critical incident reporting: New form and training
(HCBS providers)

A revised version of the Iowa Medicaid CIR form, 470-4698, for reporting critical incidents for people receiving HCBS Medicaid Waiver and the Habilitation services will become effective on January 1, 2017. Read More »
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Webinar on OCR Nondiscrimination Rule
(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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Staffing data on Nursing Home Compare, Dec. 1
(NF)

CMS will add a PBJ data submission indicator on Nursing Home Compare starting December 1. Has your data been submitted? Read More »

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2016 Provider Quality Management Self-Assessment
(HCBS providers)

Q & A offers help for providers when completing the 2016 Provider Quality Management Self-Assessment that is due December 1. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Retroactive nursing facility inflation rate adjustment
(NF)

The Medicaid SPA for the nursing facility rates inflation adjustment is expected to be approved by CMS in the next few weeks. Read More »
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Webinars: Medicaid NF Cost Report & IGT Program
(NF)

On December 1 and 2, at 10:00 a.m., IHCA is hosting free member webinars to discuss recent Medicaid program updates. Read More »
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Error in Telligen Quarterly CMI listing
(NF)

Nursing facilities are encouraged to double check their "resident counter" on the final page of the report. Read More »

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Notice of issue with submitted MDS 3.0 assessments
(NF)

An issue has been identified with MDS 3.0 assessment records submitted to the ASAP (Assessment Submission and Processing) system beginning October 1, 2016, through November 4, 2016. Read More »
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Medicaid supplementation submission requirement
(NF)

Nursing facilities must submit supplementation information annually to DHS by January 15 of each calendar year. This is to be submitted even if supplementation was not utilized during the preceding calendar year. Read More »
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CMS guidance on Medicaid Coordination of Benefits
(All)

This guidance may be useful to community-based organizations, states, aging service providers, and other stakeholders. Read More »
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Webinar: Future of Episodic Bundling: What Independent Owners Need to Know
(NF - Independent Owners)

The AHCA webinar on December 6 will discuss bundled payment models. Read More »

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New payment policies effective January 1
(HHA)

CMS plans to implement new payment policies to home health agencies effective January 1, 2017. Read More »
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New consolidated billing updates
(HHA)

CMS has issued the home health consolidated billing code lists annual updates. Read More »
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CMS Open Door Forum on home health
(HHA)

NAHC has provided a summary of the recent CMS ODF home health-related topics. Read More »

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2017 Medicare premiums and deductibles announced
(All)

The 2017 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles have been announced. Read More »

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Managed Care
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United Healthcare billing reminders
(All)

United Healthcare offers some helpful billing reminders for providers. Read More »

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Exception to policy information
(All)

United Healthcare offers insight into how it handles Exceptions to Policy. Read More »

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Member eligibility and waiver issues
(All)

United Healthcare offers direction on member eligibility issues. Read More »
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Association News
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Sign up now for 2017 IHCA committees!
(All)

Please complete the IHCA Committee Selection form to volunteer for the 2017 committees. 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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IHCA 2017 convention room block open
(All)

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

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Resources
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Want help with Broadband expansion expenses? Plan now for January 1 window
(NF)

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) can participate in the Rural Health Care Program (RHCP) to assist in payment for broadband expansion and expenses to facilitate and deliver health care services. Read More »
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New consumer resource: The Care Kit Builder
(All)

The Care Kit Builder, an interactive tool designed to help patients, residents and their families make a long term care plan, wherever they may be in the planning process. Read More »
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National News
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What will administration changes mean to home care?
(HHA, H)

NAHC continues its series of articles on how the Trump administration changes could specifically impact home care and hospice with articles focused on Medicaid and Obamacare.  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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AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit, March 6-8
(NF, AL, RCF)

The 2017 AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit is designed to give a fresh perspective and strategies for meeting quality challenges. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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 (Part 2)
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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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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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