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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 10, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Two weeks of session remains; budget work begins
(All)

We anticipate budget action to pick up speed this week, but still have not seen the HHS budget bill. Read More »

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Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act
(HHA)

NAHC offers summary and insight into federal legislation for the home care community that would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to certify face-to-face encounters and order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.
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Emergency Preparedness
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Training on new emergency preparedness rules
(NF, AL)

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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Home health emergency preparedness training in May
(HHA)

Home health agencies will not want to miss the opportunity to begin important Emergency Preparedness Rule preparation. Read More »
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AHCA changes date of emergency preparedness webinar
(NF)

AHCA emergency preparedness webinar has been rescheduled to avoid conflict with the CMS emergency preparedness call scheduled at the same time. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Revised abuse policy available
(NF)

IHCA has updated the Abuse Prevention, Identification, Investigation and Reporting Policy to include the new degradation language that was signed into law and is effective immediately. Be sure to discard previous versions of the policy. Read More »

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Discharge and transfer notification requirements
(NF)

Don't forget that all discharges/transfers from a facility must now be reported to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS HHVBP webinars in May
(HHA)

CMS is hosting two learning events in May on the HHVBP. Read More »
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MAC announces pre-pay audits for rehab ultra high RUGs
(NF)

MAC will be conducting prepayment service specific complex medical reviews of inpatient SNF services for providers in the J5 Jurisdiction, which includes Iowa. Read More »

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CMS issues Medicare Advantage final announcement and call letter
(NF)

The announcement finalizes several payment and policy changes proposed in the 2018 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter for MA and Part D plans, and addresses stakeholder comments submitted in response to CMS' proposals. Read More »
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PA/LTC coding, reimbursement & documentation
(NF)

This updated guide is also now available in electronic format. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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Answers from the State Fire Marshal's Office

The State Fire Marshal's Office offers a Q&A in follow up to the Life and Fire Safety Conference. Read More »

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Quality
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Strategies for antipsychotic drug reduction
(NF, AL)

The latest installment of the 5-part webinar series on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative, focuses on approaches to reducing antipsychotic drug use. 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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IPALTC
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10 best and worst states for physicians
(All)

Where does Iowa rank in working environments for physicians? And how can you support your medical director? Read More »
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Scholarships
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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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Association News
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AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo registration open
(NF, AL, RCF)

Registration for the 68th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo in Las Vegas is now open. Read More »
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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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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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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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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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Home Health Emergency Preparedness Training, May 9, West Des Moines
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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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MCO & Reimbursement Conference, May 17, West Des Moines   
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NF QAPI 2017 Workshop, May 25, 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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Legislative Update
Emergency Preparedness
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Life & Fire Safety
Quality
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IPALTC
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