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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 9, 2017
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Regulatory
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Next steps in normalizing Iowa's NF regulatory climate
(NF)

IHCA has implemented advocacy efforts to address serious regulatory concerns by meeting with Governor Branstad, DIA and DHS leadership, the CMS Regional Office, and Iowa’s state and federal elected officials. Now YOUR help is needed in our next steps... Read More »

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New Home Health Medicare and Medicaid CoP finalized
(HHA)

The new Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies were posting in Federal Register today. Read More »

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Webinar on new HCBS guidance
(AL, HCBS)

Webinar will present promising practices for HCBS delivery for settings supporting individuals living with dementia, with a special focus on strategies for addressing wandering or exit-seeking behaviors. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Summary of CMS ODF on Home Health Fraud
(HHA)

NAHC provides a summary of the recent CMS Open Door Forum on health care fraud. 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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Quality
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Pilot study is seeking participants
(NF, HHA)

RTI International is seeking providers to participate in a pilot study to inform the development of a Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences (TOH) quality measure. 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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Influenza update
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Influenza vaccination key in long-term care facilities
(All)

An update from IDPH on influenza. Prevent the spread of influenza - get staff vaccinated and stay home if sick! Read More »

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Activity Services
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2017 National Health Care Events Calendar
(All)

Generate activity planning ideas with the 2017 National Health Care Events Calendar! 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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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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