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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 1, 2017
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Workforce
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Online CNA training is coming!
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DIA verbally approved IHCA ICAL's online CNA training program. We are now actively pursuing getting the program up and running in Iowa.
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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS issues proposed rule for SNF PPS FY 2018 update
(SNF)

AHCA has a webinar and summary of the CMS proposed rule for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 UpdateRead More »

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SNF QRP submission deadline is May 15
(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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NAHC walks through FY2018 Hospice Payment and Quality Reporting Requirements Rule
(H)

For insight into the proposed FY2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements, see the summary provided by NAHC. Read More »

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Regulatory
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New CMS Self-Referral Disclosure form
(All)

Use of the form for disclosing actual or potential violations of the physician self-referral law is mandatory effective June 1, 2017. 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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Check updated LEIE database
(All)

Given the penalties and recent government warnings, long term care providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis. Here is an updated version... Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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New emergency preparedness rules training
(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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New EP rules training for home health providers
(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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Compliance program effectiveness resource guide
(SNF/NF)

This guide gives healthcare providers a list of ideas for implementing a compliance program to best meet their organization's needs and requirements. Read More »
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LTCTT new feature for account administrators
(NF, AL)

AHCA NCAL is hosting a webinar on Thursday to walk through the new account administrators feature in LTC Trend Tracker that went live on April 26. 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 makes the most of this free webinar from AHCA to learn about the most current “best practice” recommendations related to nutrition, along with resources to assist at the facility level. Read More »

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Nursing
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IBON is seeking new board member
(All)

The Iowa Board of Nursing is accepting applications for an LPN seat on the board. Serving is a great way to make sure long term services and support providers' voices are heard by the IBON! Read More »

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Resources
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Take a tour of AHCA NCAL's education resources
(NF, AL, RCF)

Find out what you're missing in free resources from AHCA NCAL. On Thursday, May 4 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. Central, the free webinar, ahcancalED-Education at Your Fingertips – A Resource for Independent Owners and Not for Profits, will provide a tour of ahcancalED. Read More »

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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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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
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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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