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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 14, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Minimum wage and workers' comp addressed by Legislature
(All)

Priority bill on ensuring temp pool workers meet criminal background check requirements is ready for House debate. Read More »

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Repeal and replace bill advances; time to take action
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA offers insight into the Republican's bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and what it would mean to Medicaid funding. Your help is needed in speaking out! Read More »

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Calls to Action
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Send messages now to protect Medicaid funding
(Medicaid providers and all members)

CALL TO ACTION: Send your message NOW to U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and your U.S. House Representative in opposition to proposed cuts to Medicaid funding for skilled nursing care. Your voice will make a difference!! 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS updates Medicare Coverage Manual
(HH)

NAHC provides a summary of the CMS Change Request 9898, for home health providers. Read More »

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Third party liability reporting and access
(Medicaid providers)

IME addresses the reporting and access of third party liability for Medicaid program participants. 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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Webinar: SNF RUG utilization trends - Finding your data
(SNF)

AHCA's free webinar for members will help skilled nursing facility providers analyze the provider utilization patterns in the public use file recently released by CMS. Read More »

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Regulatory
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DOJ guidance evaluates corporate compliance programs
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

New DOJ guidance explains how corporate compliance programs are evaluated during a fraud investigation. 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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Quality
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Changes for KEPRO's Quality of Care Reviews
(Medicare providers)

KEPRO offers an update on the CMS Quality of Care reviews and an upcoming webinar on the BFCC-QIO program. Read More »

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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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Education
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Spring Quarterly: Something for everyone
(All)

While the Spring Quarterly Education Conference does feature education for activity directors, there are still plenty of important topics for administrators, AL directors, department heads, nurses and social services. Read More »

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ICHC's Spring Conference - 2 days of home health education
(HH)

The 2017 Home Health Care Spring Conference features a Home Health Value Based Purchasing 2.0 track. See what else waits in store for attendees! Read More »

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Resources
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Delivering music through Mood Media
(NF, AL, RCF)

Mood Media offers exclusive AHCA/NCAL member pricing on music, messaging, and scent services that will enhance the resident experience in any nursing facility or assisted living community. 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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National News
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OIG hotline number used in scam
(All)

The HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. Read More »
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GAO finds increase in EHR needed among providers
(All)

A GAO report finds that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services needs a comprehensive plan to increase EHR use among nursing homes, home health care and other post-acute care providers. 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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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 members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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