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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 16, 2017
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Regulatory and Reimbursement
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NAHC summary of CMS Home Health CoPs final rule
(HHA)

NAHC has provided an overview summary of the CMS final rule Home Health Conditions of Participation. All provisions of the final rule are effective July 13. Read More »

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What does the new Home Health CoP mean to you?
(HHA)

The NAHC web event on January 25 will give HHA providers insight into the HHCoP changes, CMS’ rationale behind the changes, and details on agency compliance with the revised HHCoP. Start now to prepare for the July 13 implementation date. Read More »

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Two CMS calls for home health this week
(HHA)

Two CMS conference calls this week focus on important home health care topics. Read More »

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Important IHCA survey on NF regulatory concerns
(NF)

IHCA asks all nursing and rehab facility members to complete a short survey on regulatory and survey outcomes.  The information will help support our advocacy efforts to address serious regulatory concerns with Governor Branstad, DIA and DHS leadership, the CMS Regional Office, and Iowa’s state and federal elected officials. Read More »

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PBJ update from CMS
(NF)

Here's an error update for the PBJ Data Submission specs. Also, a reminder for the next PBJ submission dates. Read More »

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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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Managed Care
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Updates from AmeriHealth Caritas
(Medicaid providers)

Here are updates on prior authorization requests and ER visit reimbursement from AmeriHealth Caritas. Read More »

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Amerigroup's critical incident form update information
(Medicaid providers)

Amerigroup provides the update and training links for Critical Incident Form CIR 470-4698 (Rev. 1/17). Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Governor recommends partial rebase funding
(All)

The Iowa General Assembly kicked off the 2017 Legislative session on Monday, January 9. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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LTC Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool
(NF, RCF)

New infection control program assessment tool aligns with new CMS Requirements of Participation. Read More »

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The Quality Initiative web series
(NF, AL)

Check out AHCA/NCAL's 8-part webcast series on the Quality Initiative measures. The newest installment is airing January 25. 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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Resources
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Webinar on FCC Rural Health Care Program application process
(NF)

This January 17 webinar will explain how eligible rural non-profit SNFs can apply to participate in the Rural Health Care Program for assistance in payment for broadband expansion and expenses to facilitate and deliver health care services. Read More »
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Discount extended for Motion Picture Licensing Corporation Umbrella License
(NF, AL, RCF)

MPLC has extended the deadline to March 15, 2017, for the introductory discounted rate to obtain an umbrella license. Read More »
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National News
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Quality Summit and Independent Owners' Conference in March
(NF, AL, RCF)

Two great AHCA/NCAL conferences are being held back-to-back in March in Orlando, Florida. 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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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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NW District Meeting & Education, February 7, 9:00- 12:00, Storm Lake
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NE District Meeting & Education, February 9, 9:00- 12:00, Cedar Falls
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SE District Meeting & Education, February 14, 10:00-1:30, West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, February 16, 9:30- 12:30, Atlantic
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MDS 3.0 Update, February 16, West Des Moines
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Fall Prevention Workshop, February 22, West Des Moines
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Life Safety & Fire Safety Conference, February 27 & 28, Coralville
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Life Safety & Fire Safety Conference, March 1 & 2, Jefferson
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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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