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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 19, 2017
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Requirements of Participation
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Training for RoP Infection Preventionist requirement
(NF)

AHCA is offering a important new resource to help meet the RoP new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement. Read More »

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Send comments to CMS on RoP implementation by June 26
(NF)

Providers and other stakeholders have until June 26 to provide CMS with input on implementation of the updated SNF Requirements of Participation. Read More »

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Make sure Activities and Social Services are ready for new RoP
(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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Regulatory
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CMS seeks input on reducing ACA regulatory burdens
(All)

CMS is seeking public input on how to create a more flexible, streamlined approach to the regulatory structure of the individual and small group markets. Comments are due by July 12, 2017. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Elimination of Medicaid retro-eligibility
(NF, HHA)

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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Updated Advance Beneficiary Notice
(NF, HHA)

Home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities are required to use the new ABN form as of June 21. Read More »

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Survey regarding Electronic Visit Verification
(AL, HHA)

Home health and assisted living providers need to complete this IME survey. Read More »

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Home Health Services Manual update
(HHA)

Iowa DHS released an update to the Home Health Services Manual. Read More »
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Medicare and Medicaid commissions release reports
(NF, HHA)

The reports include recommendations for Medicare Part B drug payments and a new unified payment system for post-acute care, and looks at state activities to ensure program integrity in Medicaid managed care.  Read More »

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UHC town hall in NW Iowa
(Medicaid providers)

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is hosting an educational town hall for providers of long term services and supports (LTSS) and home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver members in NW Iowa. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Part 3 in free EP webinar series
(NF)

This free AHCA webinar will cover the new emergency preparedness final rule impacting SNFs, NFs and ICFs/IDs. Read More »

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Resources for new emergency preparedness requirements
(NF, ICF/IID)

SNF and ICF/IID providers need to start preparing now to comply with the final rule by November 2017. Read More »

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Quality
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New project to improve NF resident medication safety
(NF)

A new Telligen QIN project, Project DAO (Diabetes, Anticoagulants and Opioids), will help reduce risks among NF residents and help staff hone their QAPI skills. Read More »

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Annual conference brings medical professionals together
(NF)

The popular LTC Medical Practitioners and Pharmacists Conference is back, July 20 & 21 in West Des Moines! You will hit a quality care grand slam when your medical professionals all get on the same page! Read More »
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Clinical
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Caring Together quarterly webinar
(NF, AL, RCF)

The webinar will discuss ways nurses can positively impact resident mental health in assisted living. Read More »
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CNA Training Program
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CNA Preceptor Train-The-Trainer Workshop
(All)

To serve as CNA trainer, Registered Nurses must take the CNA Preceptor Train-the-Trainer Workshop. To qualify for the workshop, the RN must have a minimum of two years of nursing experience with at least one year in a long term care setting. Read More »

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Rollout webinar recording and handout
(All)

To learn more about the CNA Training Program coming from IHCA, listen to the recording of the rollout webinar. Read More »
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Workforce
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Check out our workforce recruitment video!
(All)

If you haven't yet watched IHCA's new healthcare careers video, now is the time!! Don't miss out on using this valuable tool in your workforce recruitment efforts. Read More »

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State News
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New DHS director introduced
(All)

Governor Reynolds announced Jerry Foxhoven as the new director of the Iowa Department of Human Services. Read More »

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Visit with Sen. Ernst's staff
(All)

IHCA members are encouraged to attend Sen. Ernst's traveling office hours to share concerns Iowans have with Medicare and Medicaid funding for long term services and supports. 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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AARP releases updated LTSS scorecard
(All)

Iowa does well and not-so-well. See how we stack up to other states according to AARP. 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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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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CNA Preceptor Train-the-Trainer Workshop, June 26-27, West Des Moines
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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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Dementia Care Conference, August 1, Des Moines
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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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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 9, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
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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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