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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 6, 2017
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Legislative Update
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IHCA presents to HHS Appropriations Committee
(All)

IHCA presented to the Joint Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, offering an overview of regulatory barriers and Medicaid losses that are creating significant challenges to providing quality care in long term care services in Iowa. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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Updated transfer/discharge reporting requirements
(NF)

IHCA met with DIA and the Ombudsman's Office to develop compliant reporting polices for resident transfer and discharge. Read More »

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Assessment tools for home care and HCBS
(HCBS, HHA)

DHS clarifies assessment tools approved for Home- and Community-Based Services. Read More »

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PASRR care planning addressed by IME
(NF)

IME letter offers clarification on PASRR care planning. Read More »
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Submit PBJ staffing data by February 14
(NF)

The deadline is next week for submitting October 1, 2016-December 31, 2016 staffing data. Read More »

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New LPN supervisory course launched
(NF)

The IBON has received approval for a new Supervisory Course for Iowa’s Licensed Practical Nurses course. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Clarification on backdating prior authorizations
(NF)

AmeriHealth Caritas has provided additional clarification on the backdating of prior authorizations. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Webinar this week on new requirements
(NF, ICF/IID)

AHCA is offering a 4-part webinar series on the new emergency preparedness final rule effect November 2017. Start preparing now by registering for the webinar. Read More »

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Recommendations for provider's cyber security
(All)

CMS reminds providers and suppliers to keep current with best practices for mitigation of cyber security attacks and outlines resources to assist facilities in reviewing cyber security and IT programs. Read More »
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Health Information Technolgy
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Secure electronic medical records to reduce legal risk
(All)

From litigation to audits, providers are regularly required to provide and attest to the accuracy of the medical records of their residents. AHCA's webinar will look at the challenges and opportunities in EHR technology. Read More »

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Quality
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LTC Trend Tracker webinar on Friday
(NF, AL, RCF)

Get to know what LTC Trend Tracker can do to further your nursing facility's or assisted living's pursuit of quality. Read More »

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Association News
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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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Get the latest education calendar
(All)

An updated version of our education calendar now available. Read More »
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Activity Services
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Enter the contest for FREE Spring Quarterly registration
(NF, AL, RCF)

Activity staff is invited to enter ICAP's contest for a free registration to the IHCA Spring Quarterly Conference.  Read More »

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Resources for improving relations with residents, families
(AL, RCF)

NCAL offers free resources for assisted living members to enhance their support of residents, families and potential customers. 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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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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AANAC-Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), February 28-March 1 & 2, West Des Moines  DATE CHANGE
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Life Safety & Fire Safety Conference, March 1 & 2, Jefferson
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Department Head Training - Recruiting and Retaining Staff, March 8, West Des Moines
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LTC Nurse & Administrator Leadership Program, March 15-16 and April 19-20, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 28-29, Altoona
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MDS 101-Introduction to MDS 3.0, April 5, West Des Moines
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MDS 201-Additional MDS 3.0 Training, April 6, 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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Legislative Update
Regulatory and Payment
Managed Care
Emergency Preparedness
Health Information Technolgy
Quality
Association News
Activity Services
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