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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 27, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Priorities introduced; First policy deadline is Friday
(All)

IHCA priorities to investigate individuals who are cheating our facilities and programs (HSB 148) and to ensure temp pool employees meet criminal background checks (HSB 147) were introduced last week. Read More »

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Call to Action
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Medicaid funding in jeopardy: Please contact your Members of Congress
(Medicaid providers and all members)

CALL TO ACTION: IHCA is asking every IHCA member to reach out to U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and their U.S. House Representative in opposition to proposed cuts to Medicaid funding for skilled nursing care.  Read More »

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Payment
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CMS plans relief for suspended home health claims
(HH)

NAHC has been in contact with CMS regarding the claims processing issue that has resulted in claims are being suspended for several reason codes. Read More »

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Pharmacy program changes
(Medicaid providers)

IME's letter outlines Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program changes effective April 1, 2017. Read More »

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CMS SNF VBP program call, March 15
(NF)

CMS will hold a call on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, on March 15. Register in advance to participate. Read More »
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CMS projects growth in home health spending
(HH)

NAHC offers analysis of estimates from the CMS Office of the Actuary on the national health care spending from 2016 to 2025. 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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Regulatory
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Payroll-Based Journal changes from CMS
(NF)

CMS announced two changes to the PBJ system that will make it easier for providers to successfully submit hire, termination and rehire information for employees. Read More »

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Deadlines this week for mandatory IRS forms
(All)

Mandatory forms required by the Affordable Care Act must be completed by large employers – employers with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents. Read More »

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National News
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CNN report on abuse in care facilities
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA and AHCA have tools for facilities to use for communications related to last week's CNN report on abuse in nursing facilities. 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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Association News
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The time has come: Marcia Hewitt retires
(All)

The time has come. Marcia Hewitt, IHCA Vice President, Member Services & Vendor Relations, is retiring and her last day is Wednesday, March 1. 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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Activity Services
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Enter by Friday: 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. Entries are due by Friday, March 3. Read More »

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Stock up on NNHW goodies early!
(NF)

Visit the AHCA online store to browse through all the NNHW products available to help your center celebrate the American spirit. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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