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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 5, 2017
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Call to Action
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Senate healthcare plan drastically cuts Medicaid for long term services and supports
(All)

Every member, every employee, every family member needs to ACT NOW to protect our vulnerable frail and elderly! Read More »

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What the Senate plan means for home health
(HHA)

NAHC summarizes the projections for home health care under the Senate health care plan. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS revises format for HHA Plan of Correction
(HHA)

CMS has issued new guidance regarding the format of plans of correction (POC) for HHA survey deficiencies. Read More »
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June NF survey trend report available
(SNF/NF)

Here's a summary of the DIA survey and certification activity and a comparison of U.S. and Iowa Survey & Certification activity of nursing facilities. Read More »

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Requirements of Participation
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Help to navigate the transfer and discharge requirements
(SNF/NF)

A great tool, created by Care Providers of Minnesota, will help nursing facilities navigate the new nursing facility transfer and discharge requirements. Read More »

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CMS interpretive guidance and training
(SNF/NF)

CMS offers resources to prepare for the November 28 implementation of the new RoP Phase 2. Read More »

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Will your infection control program be compliant come November?
(NF)

New RoP written infection control program requirements are effective November 28. Read More »

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Facility assessment requirement: Start preparing!
(NF)

The CMS RoP facility assessment requirement is set for implementation on November 28, 2017. Check out the free AHCA webinar that can help you get started preparing. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Retroactive Medicaid coverage
(Medicaid providers)

State Information Letter outlines new Medicaid retroactive coverage. Read More »

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Managed Care
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New managed care resource guide
(Medicaid providers)

New guide for being your own best Medicaid advocate. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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Changes in Life Safety Code rules being enforced
(NF)

Make sure you are up to date on the Life Safety Code rules. Here are resources to help.  Read More »

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Health Information Technolgy
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Current international ransomware campaign alert
(All)

Keep this information to help protect your organization BEFORE ransomware hits your computers. Read More »

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Quality
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Trend Tracker: Your Top-Line Report now available
(SNF/NF)

Nursing facility LTC Trend Tracker users can now download their latest Your Top-Line publication that highlights metrics and graphics outlining their quality improvement progress. If your facility is not yet signed up for LTC Trend Tracker - now is the time to sign up for this FREE benefit of your membership. Read More »

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ALs: Set goals and track progress
(AL)

Watch your quality progress using LTC Trend Tracker for assisted living. Make the most of this FREE benefit. Read More »

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Study on risk of readmissions
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A new study looks at hospital readmissions among patients discharged to home health post-acute care. Read More »

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Still time to register: LTC Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference
(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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Association News
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Nominations close July 11: 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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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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Infection Control & Antibiotic Stewardship Workshop, August 29, West Des Moines   
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AANAC-Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), September 12-14, West Des Moines
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2017 IHCA Convention & Trade Show, September 25-27, 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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