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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 15, 2017
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Regulatory
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Memo clarifies SQC and transfer/discharge notifications
(NF)

CMS' S&C memo offers clarification on the notice requirements for transfers or discharges in nursing facilities. Read More »

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Message sent in error to SNFs submitting QRP data
(SNF/NF)

CMS issues a message regarding notices sent in error to SNFs who had submitted QRP data. Submission deadline extended to June 1. Read More »

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CMS delays compliance date for HCBS rule
(HCBS providers)

CMS extends transition period for compliance with Medicaid HCBS rule by three years. Read More »

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Challenging a federally-imposed CMP length
(NF)

CMS gives DIA specifics on the process to contest the length of a CMP.
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May 16 free facility assessment requirement webinar
(SNF)

AHCA's free webinar on Tuesday 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)

Long term service and support 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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Can an at-capacity NF provide emergency shelter?
(SNF/NF)

CMS and DIA clarify how NFs at capacity can provide temporary emergency shelter in a disaster situation. Read More »

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Health Information Technolgy
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Stay current on HIT efforts at Summer Quarterly
(All)

CMS reminds providers to stay current on efforts to mitigate cyber security attacks. Let us help at Summer Quarterly! Read More »

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Workforce
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Report: Home health employment expanding
(HHA)

Home health care services employee numbers grew over 115 percent between 2000 and 2016. 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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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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Are you sporting our new look?
(All)

Don't miss the opportunity to identify your organization as an IHCA, ICAL or ICHC member! It's another great way to make the most of your membership! Read More »

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National News
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Facility contacted about U.S. Census survey
(All)

Watch for correspondence from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. 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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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 16, West Des Moines
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MCO & Reimbursement Conference, May 17, West Des Moines  New location: Noah's Event Center 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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