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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 12, 2016
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Regulatory
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The RoP training and resources you need!
(NF)

Training resources for the CMS new Requirements of Participation for nursing facilities are right at your fingertips! Here is a list of links that will help your staff meet the new RoPs. Plus, IHCA is offering another RoP training workshop in January. Get the details here! Read More »

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CMS memo clarifies no enforcement of ban on arbitration agreements
(NF)

The implementation date for halting pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing care centers has been temporarily delayed by court order. Nursing facilities should make available to surveyors the CMS letter, S&C: 17-12-NH, that suspends enforcement of the rule. Read More »

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Critical incident reporting: New form and training
(HCBS providers)

A revised version of the Iowa Medicaid critical incidents reporting form for people receiving HCBS Medicaid Waiver and the Habilitation services takes effect on January 1, 2017. IME is hosting a training webinar on December 13. Here is what providers need to know. Read More »

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults and Long Term Care
(All)

The federal nursing home regulations provide resident rights and facility requirements of particular importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals living in a LTC facility. Here are training and resources for educating your staff and meeting the regulation requirements. Read More »

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Exceptions to ineligibility for nurse aide training
(NF)

DIA has offered parameters for granting an exception for making the 75-hour nurse aide training course available. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Next managed care call on January 11
(All)

With the IHCA Winter Quarterly Conference on Wednesday, we will not be holding the IHCA Managed Care Conference Call that day. The next IHCA Managed Care Conference Call is scheduled forJanuary 11 at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Read More »

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Medicaid medical claims status: 30 percent denials
(All)

See the top 10 reasons for MCO claim denials and suspensions.
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Resources
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Webinar: Love, Affection, and Sexuality in Assisted Living
(AL)

Tuesday's webinar will address new strategies and techniques for providers in addressing sexual behavior among cognitively impaired residents in assisted living. Also see the resources available through the State Ombudsman's Office. Read More »

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I-Smile Silver: Improving oral health for older Iowans
(All)

Because oral health is a necessity for seniors' overall health, the Lifelong Smiles Coalition and the Iowa Department of Public Health have created a pilot project, I-Smile™ SilverRead More »
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Activity Services
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New Activity Professionals' Qualification Course
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA is pleased to announce the launch of its new DIA-approved, Activity Professionals' Qualification CourseRead 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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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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Happy Holidays from IHCA!

The IHCA office will close to observe Christmas and New Years. And the IHCA Bulletin is taking a vacation. Read More »

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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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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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Health Care Assistants 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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Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 14, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, West Des Moines  REGISTRATION CLOSED
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NF Requirements of Participation Workshop, January 25, West Des Moines
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AANAC-Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 31-February 2, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals' Qualification Course, February 1-April 28, West Des Moines (classroom and online)
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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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