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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 5, 2016
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Regulatory and Payment
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New offering of CMS RoP training coming in January
(NF, AL, RCF)

The Winter Quarterly Education Conference has been closed, but the CMS Requirements of Participation (RoP) workshop will be offered again in January. Read More »

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Updated Abuse Policy document available
(NF)

IHCA has updated the Abuse Prevention, Identification, Investigation and Reporting Policy (Revised 11.28.2016) based on further clarification received from CMS on the Requirements of Participation. 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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Part B therapy code list for 2017

CMS list gives new additions and deletions from therapy code list.
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Spousal impoverishment standard
(NF)

The 2017 Spousal Impoverishment Standard gives the minimum and maximum amount of resources and income that can be protected for a spouse in the community in 2017. Read More »

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Webinar recordings: Medicaid NF Cost Report & IGT Program
(NF)

IHCA has recordings available from last week's Members Only webinars on recent Medicaid program updates. 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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Life & Fire Safety
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CMS emergency preparedness FAQs - Round two
(NF, HHA)

CMS’ Survey and Certification Group recently posted a new FAQ document for the emergency preparedness regulation. Read More »

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Workforce
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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 and Survey
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Get your resident surveys started with BCG
(NF)

It's resident survey time of year! Contact ECSI preferred provider, BCG Research to get your survey process started. Read More »

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Quality Award application and payment portals open
(NF, AL, RCF)

The application portal for the AHCA/NCAL 2017 Quality Award Program cycle is now open.  Read More »

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AL salary and benefits survey
(AL)

Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report completion deadline has been extended to December 12. 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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Association News
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Plan ahead for 2017 education
(All)

Get your 2017 mapped out with IHCA, ICAL and ICHC education! Read More »

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Having trouble receiving IHCA communications?
(All)

If you are experiencing problems receiving IHCA communications via email, take a look at these solutions. Read More »

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Important Resources
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Music and movie licensing - What you need to know
(NF, AL, RCF)

Here's the scoop on movie and music licensing. For example - if you have music when a phone call is on hold or if you show movies in a group setting...you need to read this! Read More »

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ACL updates states' Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs FAQs
(All)

ACL has published new FAQs as guidance for implementing the final regulations regarding states’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. 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, 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  REGISTRATION CLOSED
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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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