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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 3, 2017
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Regulatory
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CMS proposes HHCoP delay to January 2018
(HH)

The CMS proposed rule would delay the effective date for the Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPS) from July 13, 2017, to January 13, 2018. Read More »

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Degradation as dependent adult abuse
(All)

Governor signs bill identifying personal degradation as form of dependent adult abuse. Read More »

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Survey trend reports for members
(NF, AL)

One of the best ways to prepare for surveys is to review the IHCA survey trend reports found at www.iowahealthcare.orgRead More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Training on new emergency preparedness rules
(All)

In the place of May District meetings, IHCA is holding Emergency Preparedness Training in Carroll and Coralville. This is a must-attend for providers to be prepared for the CMS November 15 effective date. Read More »

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CMS guidance on training and testing requirements
(NF, HHA)

CMS memos provider more information on the training and testing requirements and announce an upcoming provider call on April 27. Get registered before the call fills up! Read More »

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Payment
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Providers must act for Part B Therapy Fee Schedule pricing error correction
(NF)

With the CMS announcement of pricing errors, provider therapy and billing staff should review these procedure price corrections to evaluate the scope and amount of underpayments. Providers must bring any necessary claim corrections to the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) attention to correct claims already processed prior to April 1. Read More »

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Edit for claims and OASIS submission began April 1
(HHA)

Do avoid claim denials, home health agencies should ensure the OASIS assessment has completed processing and was successfully accepted into the QIES National Database prior to submitting the claim. Read More »

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CMS suspends pre-claim review project
(HHA)

CMS has suspended the sharply criticized Pre-Claim Review Demonstration program (PCRD). Read More »

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Quality
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Measuring compliance program effectiveness resource guide
(All)

This guidance provides ideas for measuring the effectiveness of various elements of a compliance program. The options are addressed to a wide range of organizations with diverse size, operational complexity, industry sectors, resources, and compliance programs. 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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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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Workforce
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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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Legislative Update
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Governor revises budget; recommends $2.5 million for NFs
(All)

Governor Branstad's revised FY 18 budget includes millions in reductions to hospital and others in HHS budget, but recommends a $2.5 million increase for nursing facilities—down from the original $7.6 million. Read More »

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Association News
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AHCA/NCAL elections and solicitation for candidates
(NF, AL, RCF)

Here's what you need to know if you are considering running for the AHCA Board of Governors or NCAL Board of Directors. Read More »

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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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What the health care repeal and replace failure means
(HHA)

While all the long-term ramifications of this development for home health care cannot be known at this time, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) did contain components NAHC is pleased did not become law. Read More »
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Your voices were heard!
(All)

Thank you to our members who sent emails urging Members of Congress to preserve Medicaid funding for America’s most vulnerable and frail populations. Your voices were heard! 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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Resources
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Medical equipment auction
(All)

An Omaha medical supply company auction may be of interest to our members. Online bidding ends Wednesday morning. This may be a great opportunity to get new equipment at great prices. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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  REGISTRATION CLOSED

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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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Emergency Preparedness Training, May 2, Carroll   
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 10, West Des Moines
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Emergency Preparedness Training, May 11, Coralville
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 16, West Des Moines
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Requirements of Participation for Activity and Social Services, June 22, Johnston
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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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