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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 20, 2017
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Prepare now to lower rehospitalization rates
(NF)

A low rehospitalization rate will be key to your facility's success under the new CMS VBP program. Read More »

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LUPA rate update from IME
(HHA)

IME has announced the Medicaid LUPA reimbursement rates effective June 30, 2016. Read More »
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GAO reports on Medicaid LTSS
(HHA)

Two reports signal continued interest in strengthening CMS and state oversight of home and community-based services, particularly for personal care services. Read More »
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Managed Care
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MCO annual enrollment period opens
(Medicaid providers)

The MCO annual enrollment period allows people participating in the IA Health Link program to change their MCO selection without “good cause”. Read More »
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New provider advocates named for 10 counties
(HCBS)

New provider advocates for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan HCBS waiver have been named in several counties. Read More »

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Regulatory
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HHCoP comparison guide now available
(HHA)

This resource, prepared by NAHC, compares the current Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs) to the revised HHCoPs effective July 13. Read More »

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HIPAA
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HIPAA compliance reminder
(All)

A Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance reminder on breach reporting. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Collective bargaining changes passed; first funnel deadline approaches
(All)

IHCA's focus continues on advancing policy legislation to investigate individuals cheating facilities and programs and ensure temp employees meet background checks. Read More »

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Association News
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Our message is taking to the airwaves!
(All)

IHCA's public relations campaign focuses on workforce recruitment and encourages people to visit their local nursing facility or assisted living program to learn about career opportunities. 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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Webinar: Thinking about an AHCA or NCAL Board position?
(NF, AL, RCF)

Wondering what it takes to be on the AHCA or NCAL Board of Directors? This webinar will explain what you need to know. Read More »

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NNHW
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Planning guide and products now available
(NF)

Let the planning begin! The NNHW Planning Guide and Product Catalog are now online. Be sure to get your products ordered early...as they will go fast! 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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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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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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2017 Home Health Care Spring Conference, March 28-29, Altoona
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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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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 10-14, West Des Moines

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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 13, West Des Moines

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Blueprint for Home Health OASIS Accuracy, April 25-26, 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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