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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 17, 2017
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Legislative Update
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Two big victories at the statehouse!
(All)

Your voices made all the difference is passage of two important pieces of legislation! Read More »

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Payment and Regulatory
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Due diligence needed for PASRR categorical exemptions
(NF)

Have a good understanding of service requirements before admitting Level II PASRR residents. Read More »

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Medicare SNF PPS post-pay audit
(SNF)

Strategic Health Solutions is conducting a CMS-directed post-pay audit of SNF PPS claims. Read More »

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Update: Civil money penalties' grants
(NF)

DHS has clarified that the CMPQII grant application is NOT yet open for submission of proposals. Read More »

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Free training for facility assessment requirement
(SNF)

AHCA's free webinar, Staff Competencies and the Facility Assessment for Independent Owners, will give SNF owners an overview of the new RoP facility assessment and staff competencies requirements. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Nursing facility quarterly rate adjustments
(NF)

Each MCO is handling quarterly rates adjustments a bit differently. Here is clarification from each MCO. Read More »

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AmeriHealth Caritas clarifies HH prior authorization issues
(HHA)

IHCA had a question and answer session on prior authorization with AmeriHealth Caritas representatives. See their responses. Read More »

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Reference guide for HCBS/LTSS resources
(All)

See UnitedHealthcare's online HCBS/LTSS Quick Reference Guide for providers. Read More »

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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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Quality
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NAHC Agency Accreditation Program is now open
(HHA)

NAHC and PDHCA have updated the accreditation program for home health agencies. Read More »
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Discount on CARES Online Dementia Training
(NF, AL)

AHCA/NCAL members get a 10 percent discount on the CARES training programs. Learn more about this excellent online dementia training and certification program for your staff. Read More »

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Health Information Technolgy
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DMACC now offering HIT training
(All)

DMACC introduces two new certificate programs focused on healthcare information technology. Read More »

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Association News
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Wednesday webinar: What it takes to serve on AHCA/NCAL boards
(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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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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Scholarships & Awards
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AHCA/NCAL award nominations now being accepted
(NF, AL, RCF)

The deadline for nominations in all categories of the AHCA/NCAL Awards Program is June 9, 2017. 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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National Assisted Living Week
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2017 theme: Family is Forever

NCAL has revealed the theme for the 2017 National Assisted Living Week®, September 10-16, 2017. Let the planning begin! Read More »
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National News
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Home care access improving, but inconsistent
(HHA)

Study shows that access to home care in the United States increased, but regional differences in availability were considerable. 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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For sale
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Used bus for sale
(All)

Laurens Care Center has a used bus for sale. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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In This Issue
Legislative Update
Payment and Regulatory
Managed Care
Emergency Preparedness
Quality
Health Information Technolgy
Association News
Scholarships & Awards
National Assisted Living Week
National News
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