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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 20, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Bad News for State Budget
(All)

In response to news that projected revenues are down by $130M, IHCA staff and lobbyists followed up with key lawmakers last week to reiterate how critical rebasing and other funding priorities are to avoiding access to care problems and potential facility closings and bankruptcies. Read More »

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Call to Action
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Take action now on funding and regulatory concerns!
(NF, AL, RCF)

Your action NOW on two items will help pave the way for our message with Iowa's U.S. elected officials on Wednesday. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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IME outlines PERM program requirements for providers
(Medicaid providers)

Iowa is participating in the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Payment Error Rate Measurement program. Medical records request letters will be sent to Iowa Medicaid enrolled providers beginning in May 2017. Read More »
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How to prevent physician certification denials
(SNF)

Submitting a complete certification is key to eliminating denials for SNF care. CMS offers some pointers. Read More »

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Access your agency's PEPPER
(HHA)

PEPPER summarizes an HHA's claims data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Read More »

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Managed Care
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UnitedHealthcare to hold town hall for providers
(NF, HH)

UHC holding town hall for LTSS and HCBS providers on April 18 in West Des Moines. Be sure to register in advance. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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Follow up to Life & Fire Safety Conference
(NF, AL, RCF)

Here's a follow up with resources and answers to questions raised at the IHCA Life & Fire Safety Conference. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Webinar: Part 2 of new emergency preparedness requirements
(NF, RCF)

Don't miss part 2 of the AHCA webinar series on the emergency preparedness regulations effective November 2017. Don't wait to begin preparing! Read More »

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Quality
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AHRQ toolkit available to reduce CAUTI
(All)

The toolkit is organized into three main sections that your facility can use to implement an improvement project to reduce CAUTI and other HAIs. Read More »
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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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Association News
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Scholarship applications now available; due June 5
(All)

The IHCA Foundation Health Care Education Scholarship application is now available and must be submitted to IHCA by June 5, 2017. The application is available in MS Word and Fillable PDF formats. Please share with all employees! 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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Resources
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Help with Broadband expansion costs
(NF)

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) wishing participate in the Rural Health Care Program (RHCP) to assist in payment for broadband expansion and expenses to facilitate and deliver health care services, should have filing completed by April 30. Read More »

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AoA 2016 Profile of Older Americans
(All)

The 2016 Profile of Older Americans is a very useful statistical summary that includes both narrative and statistical charts. It is available for free online. 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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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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LTC Nurse & Administrator Leadership Program, April 19-20, 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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In This Issue
Legislative Update
Call to Action
Payment and Reimbursement
Managed Care
Life & Fire Safety
Emergency Preparedness
Quality
Education
Association News
Resources
National News
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