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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 24, 2017
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Legislative Update
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HHS budget goes to Governor; $2.5 million for NF rebasing
(All)

With the end of the Legislative session, IHCA sees some victories among the extensive budget cuts statewide. Read More »

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Association News
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New workforce video resource for members!
(All)

The IHCA Workforce and Public Relations Committees unveil the new IHCA workforce recruitment video resource, IHCA Start a healthcare career now!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 CMS EP 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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Regulatory
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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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Updated PBJ manual available
(SNF)

CMS has posted an update of the Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) manual and a new FAQ. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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SNF QRP submission deadline approaching
(SNF)

The deadline is May 15 for SNF QRP 2016 4th Quarter (Oct.-Dec.) Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment data. Read More »

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SNF QRP quick reference guide
(SNF)

Here's your guide to the SNF Quality Reporting Program! Read More »

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CMS billing resources updated
(SNF)

See the CMS updates to these Medicare billing resources: SNF Billing Reference booklet, PEPPER data and Medicare Compliance Products fact sheet. Be sure to share this with your billing staff! Read More »

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Managed Care
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UHC provider manual update
(All)

Here's a provider manual update from United Healthcare. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Survey trend reports for members
(NF)

Check out the April Nursing Facility Survey Trends report posted by the IHCA Survey Committee. 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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Dietary Services
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Webinar on nutrition best practice standards
(NF, AL)

Make sure your Dietary staff is tuned into learn about the most current “best practice” recommendations related to nutrition, along with resources to assist in carrying out at the facility level. Read More »
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Resources
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Cross-Training: Abuse in Later Life
(All)

Our members are invited to this free training designed to strengthen collaboration among victim service providers. 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 News
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Sen. Grassley puts pressure on CMS
(All)

Sen. Grassley wants to know what CMS is doing to prevent Medicare Advantage (MA) plan risk score upcoding and to collect overcharges. 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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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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IHCA ICAL ICHC Leadership Academy, June 7-8, December 13, 2017 & June 5, 2018, West Des Moines
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Health Care Assistants Education Conference, June 20, 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
Association News
Emergency Preparedness
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Managed Care
Quality and Survey
Dietary Services
Resources
Scholarships & Awards
National News
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