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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 6, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Policy issues continue; preliminary budget work underway
(All)

Our work on priorities continues as funnel week saw some bills die and some advance. Read More »

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Calls 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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Survey and certification regulation repercussions
(NF)

CALL TO ACTION: Share with your Iowa U.S. elected officials how survey and regulatory repercussions are limiting access to care for Iowa's elderly most in need of care. Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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New discharge notification requirements
(NF)

The OSTLCO offers insight into notice requirements for all discharges/transfers from a facility. What is the best way of reporting? Read More »

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Consumer info on new NF regulations
(NF)

The OSLTCO has provided consumers with resources giving a closer look at different aspects of the new nursing facility regulations. 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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Emergency Preparedness
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Reminder: New emergency preparedness regulations
(NF)

The new emergency preparedness regulations must be implemented by November 2017. IHCA is currently planning education to assist providers with the implementation. Read More »
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Quality
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Gero Nurse Prep on sale, save $100
(NF, AL, RCF)

Having an RN certified in gerontological nursing can improve your facility's outcomes. And now you can save $100 on the cost of the prep course!
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Activity Services
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Spring Quarterly: Activity services focus
(All)

Even if your activity services staff members are not among the free registration recipients, plan to have them attend the Spring Quarterly Education Conference with sessions specifically related to activity services. Read More »

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Decorate for NNHW
(NF)

Find NNHW posters and more at the AHCA online bookstore. Read More »

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Resources
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Report provides benchmarks for producing AL move-ins
(AL)

Where should you be focusing your customer marketing efforts? 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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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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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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Nursing Facility Compliance, March 17, 10:00-11:00 am, webinar
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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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Legislative Update
Calls to Action
Regulatory and Payment
Emergency Preparedness
Quality
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