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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 8, 2017
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Regulatory
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LTC Ombudsman transfer/discharge form available
(NF)

IHCA's legal team has developed a form for submitting transfer notifications to the State Ombudsman Office. Read More »

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Payroll-Based Journal update from CMS
(NF)

CMS' S&C letter provides an update on Payroll-Based Journal electronic staffing submission. Read More »
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When does 30-day count start for new staff training?
(AL)

DIA offers clarification for assisted living programs on definition of "hire date" verses "start date" for completing required new hire training. Read 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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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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Payment and Reimbursement
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AHCA provides insight into SNF PPS FY 2018
(NF)

AHCA offers a summary of the proposed Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) FY 2018 update. Read More »
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Provider enrollment renewal - final notice
(Medicaid providers)

Informational Letter No. 1787, Final Notice - Provider Enrollment Renewal, reminds providers that if they have not completed enrollment renewal by June 30, 2017, the IME and MCOs will terminate them as a Medicaid provider. Read More »

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Changes to the Adult Medicaid Dental Program
(Medicaid providers)

Effective July 1, 2017, all Iowa Medicaid adults will be combined into the Dental Wellness Plan (DWP). Read More »
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Hospitals required to inform Medicare patients of observation stay
(All)

Hospital notification requirement for observation care took effect March 8, 2017. Read More »

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Congress hears testimony on personal care fraud and abuse
(HHA)

NAHC provides insight into a recent hearing on waste, fraud and abuse in Medicaid's personal care services expenditures. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Billing usual and customary charges
(Medicare providers)

Providers should bill their usual and customary charge when submitting claims to the IME for Iowa Medicaid FFS members. Read More »
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Ombudsman issues 4th Qtr managed care report
(All)

The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman's 4th quarter managed care report gives insight into MCOs' performance and more. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Last chance for new emergency preparedness rules training
(NF, AL)

IHCA is holding the last of two Emergency Preparedness Trainings in Coralville on May 11. This is a must-attend for providers to be prepared for the CMS November 15 effective date. Read More »

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Training tomorrow on new home health EP rules
(HHA)

Home health agencies will not want to miss training tomorrow on the new Emergency Preparedness Rule preparation. Read More »
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Quality
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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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Workforce
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Projected impacts of Trump administration for employers
(All)

AHCA's workforce consultant summarizes how the priorities and actions of President Trump and his administration are affecting employers. Read More »
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Health Information Technolgy
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Iowa Health Information Network update
(All)

Hielix and the Koble Group (HKG) are partnering on the revitalization of the Iowa Health Information Network program. 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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National News
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What repeal and replace efforts mean to NF, AL & RCF
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL provides an overview of the House passage of the American Health Care Act. Read More »

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Where do home health services stand?
(HHA)

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) narrowly passed the House of Representatives last week. What does it mean for home health care providers? Read More »

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Survey submission deadline extended
(NF)

IHCA member nursing facilities are encouraged to participate in this important annual Nursing Home Salary & Benefits study. 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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Help to set up a guardianship or conservatorship
(All)

Here's a great resource for low-income people needing financial help to set up a guardianship or conservatorship in Iowa. Read More »

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Association News
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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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IHCA Caregivers' Quarterly spring issue
(All)

Be sure to share the latest issue of Caregivers' Quarterly with your direct care staff! Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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  Registration Closed
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Nursing Facility Compliance, May 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar
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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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Certified Dietary Mangers Exam Prep Workshop, June 13, West Des Moines
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Health Care Assistants Education Conference, June 20, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, West Des Moines
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 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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