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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 5, 2017
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Quality
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Iowa adds 20 national Bronze award recipients!
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL announces 20 IHCA and ICAL member organizations are recipients of the 2017 National Quality Bronze Award! Read More »
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Tops in Survey
(NF, AL, RCF, HHA)

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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Regulatory
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HCBS transition implementation in Iowa
(HCBS providers)

IME provides update on HCBS transition period implementation in Iowa.
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Update on Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements
(NF)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to dismiss the pending preliminary injunction (PI) hearing in AHCA v Price which means nursing facilities may continue to use pre-dispute arbitration agreements until the litigation is decided on its merits at the district court.
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NAHC files comments on CMS Home Health CoP
(HHA)

NAHC's comments call for a delay in implementation of the HH CoP. Read More »

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Education on new Activities and Social Services RoP requirements
(SNF/NF)

These new RoP requirements and changes do not necessarily target these departments; however, it is clear that they are now—and will continue to be—a focus in surveys. Don't let these become a survey issue because your staff wasn't educated! Read More »
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New issue briefs: Federal nursing home regulations
(NF)

The SLTCO shares Justice in Aging issue briefs on the revised federal nursing facility regulations. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Elimination of Medicaid retro-eligibility
(All)

Our reimbursement consultant offers clarification on the new law eliminating the three-month retroactive Medicaid coverage benefit for people applying for Medicaid coverage. Read More »

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Upcoming FFS and MCO claim changes
(Medicaid providers)

Medicaid FFS and IA Health Link (MCO) claim changes will touch all Medicaid providers starting July 1, 2017. Read More »

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CMS preparing for new Medicare card numbers
(All)

CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards in April 2018 to meet the congressional deadline for replacing them by April 2019. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Emergency preparedness rules guidelines and survey procedures
(NF, HHA, ICF/IID)

An advanced copy of the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures, for the Nursing Facility Requirements of Participation and Home Health Conditions for Participation, is now available. Read More »

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State News
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Palmer retiring as head of DHS
(All)

The retirement of DHS Director Chuck Palmer has been announced. Read More »

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CMP grant program open for applications
(NF)

DHS has announced that the CMPQII grant application is now open for submission of proposals. Read More »
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Association News
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Solicitation for 2017-2018 IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Board candidates
(All)

The 2017-2018 election cycle has officially opened for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members in good standing who are interested in serving on their respective boards. Here is what you need to know... Read More »

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National News
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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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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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Dietary Managers' Conference, June 28, West Des Moines
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NW District Education, July 11, 10:00-noon, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, July 13, 10:00-noon, Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, July 18, 10:00-noon, West Liberty
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LTC Medical Practitoners' & Pharmacists' Conference, July 21-22, West Des Moines
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SW District Education, July 27, 10:30-12:30, Exira Care Center, Exira  NEW LOCATION
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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, Online & Classroom Course: August 1-November 16. Orientation Webinar: August 1, 12:00-1:00
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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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