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Regulatory
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RoP updated Abuse Policy document
(NF)

IHCA has revised the Abuse Prevention, Identification, Investigation and Reporting Policy (updated 12.21.2016) based on the latest RoP clarification from CMS. Read More »

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Record check evaluation processing
(All)

DHS has provided an update on the processing of record check evaluations. Read More »

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CMS FAQ addresses wandering/exiting behavior in HCBS settings
(HCBS providers)

CMS issued new guidance on how to adhere to the individualized nature of home and community-based services (HCBS) for individuals with dementia or other conditions with unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice form
(NF)

The MOON is a standardized notice to inform individuals that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital or critical access hospital. Read More »
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Improper outpatient therapy payment edits
(NF)

AHCA works with CMS to resolve errors in the edits that applied to the new physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) evaluation code combinations. Read More »

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CMS releases 2nd year of utilization and payment data
(HHA)

CMS posted the second annual release of the home health agency Public Use File (PUF) with data for 2014. Read More »
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Phase 2 of F2F Probe and Educate begins
(HHA)

Contractors plan to begin F2F Phase 2 in mid–late January 2017. The effected dates will be for episodes that start on or after October 1, 2016. Read More »
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Final FY 2017 Fair Market Rents
(AL)

Fair Market Rents for FY 2017 are now available. Read More »

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Block Grants and Per Capita Caps - what providers should know
(All)

NAHC has provided a closer look at block grants and per capita caps - an idea that could impact all long term services and supports providers in the not-so-distant future. Read More »
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Managed Care
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UHC Revised Critical Incident Reporting form and training
(HCBS providers)

United Healthcare has posted the new Critical Incident Reporting form and training for HCBS providers on its website. Read More »

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Clarification of client participation for HCBS and institutional settings
(HCBS providers)

UnitedHealthcare offers these guidelines for how they apply client participation to claims. Read More »
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Helping with changing primary care provider
(All)

When a resident/client wishes to change his or her Primary Care Provider, here are resources providers can offer to get it done. Read More »

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Next managed care call on January 11
(All)

The next IHCA Managed Care Conference Call is scheduled for January 11 at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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CMS memos address fire safety issues
(NF)

Two CMS Survey and Certification Memos address fire safety topics. Be sure to share this information nursing facility maintenance/environmental leadership.  Read More »

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Receptacle testing
(NF)

With the adoption of the new Life Safety Code 2012 Edition and its referenced codes along with the 2012 Edition of NFPA 99, there have been many new and changing inspection, testing and maintenance requirements. The IHCA Fire and Life Safety Subcommittee provides the following insight into receptacle testing as an example of one of the new requirements. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Home Campaign is rebranding
(NF)

Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Home Campaign has reinvented itself as the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement CampaignRead More »
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Home Health CAHPS updates
(HHA)

CMS announces Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) updates on star ratings, when the next preview reports will be available to view, vendor training, and the revised HHCAHPS Data Submission Manual. 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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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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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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ECSI News
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Announcing ECSI's newest preferred vendor - Prescription Cost Management!

ECSI - IHCA's group purchasing organization - is pleased to introduce and recommend its newest preferred vendor partner, Prescription Cost Management (PCM)! Read More »

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Association News
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Direct Lobbying Expenses 2016 and 2017 - memo now available

Attention Business Office staff: The IHCA member memo, Direct Lobbying Expenses for 2016 and 2017, is now posted on the IHCA Members Only website. 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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Plan ahead for 2017 education
(All)

Get your 2017 mapped out with IHCA, ICAL and ICHC education! 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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AHCA Independent Owner Leadership Conference: Surviving and thriving
(NF)

Independent owners and independent facility leaders are invited to the AHCA Independent Owner Leadership Conference, March 8-10, in Orlando, Florida. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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