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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 27, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Budget crisis requires cuts to HHS budget
(All)

The overall budget reduction for FY 18 of $320 million means widespread cuts across the State budget. IHCA staff and lobbyists continue to meet with legislative leaders on funding and other priorities. Read More »

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IHCA among advocates visiting D.C. to discuss Medicaid, survey issues
(NF, Medicaid providers)

Delegation addresses Medicaid funding, survey, and CMP concerns with Iowa's Members of Congress. Read More »

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Call to Action
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Contact legislators in support of tort reform!
(NF, AL, HHA)

PLEASE ACT NOW! HF 487 is scheduled to be voted on in the Iowa House of Representatives on Monday, March 27 or Tuesday, March 28. Read More »

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Members' Legislative Reception - Send your invites!
(All)

Those attending the IHCA Spring Quarterly Education Conference and Home Health Care Spring Conference, are invited to the IHCA Members’ Legislative Reception. Please take a moment to invite your State Legislators to attend as well! Read More »

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Regulatory and Payment
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Provider Agreement amendment
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter provides amendment to Provider Agreement. Read More »

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Key issues in CMS Open Door Forum
(HHA)

NAHC offers a summary of the key home health issues addressed during the March CMS Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum. Read More »

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Quality
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Civil money penalties' grant information
(NF)

The CMPQII grant application is open for submission of proposals. The deadline is April 30. Read More »
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State dementia training mandates with CARES courses
(NF, AL, RCF)

As an AHCA/NCAL member, you can receive a discount on the CARES dementia online training courses. It's an easy way to meet state requirements for dementia training in certain settings.  Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. Members can review the latest survey trends for NFs, ALs, HHAs and RCFs on our Members Only website. 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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National News
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Nursing home salary and benefits study
(NF)

To get the most out of it, you need to participate in the 2017 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits study. 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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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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Call to Action
Regulatory and Payment
Quality
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