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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 17, 2017
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Healthcare Reform
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Grave concerns continue with Senate's Repeal and Replace efforts
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The latest version offers no changes for Medicaid funding. Members are asked to keep making their concerns known to Iowa's U.S. Senators via the Advocacy CenterRead More »

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NAHC tells Senate consequences of healthcare bill
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NAHC is speaking up on home health agencies' behalf about what Medicaid, Medicare cuts and an age tax would mean to care for Iowa's frail and elderly. Read More »

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Workforce Development
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CNA Training Program starts rollout!
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IHCA's blended online CNA Training Program, How to Be a Nurse Assistant, is rolling out in Iowa. The first class will be held at a test site beginning July 31. Read More »

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Get the word out about LTSS career opportunities
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Our workforce recruitment video is going statewide on the Future Ready Iowa website! Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS call on RoP guidance and survey topics
(NF)

Register in advance to participate in this important provider call on the new Requirements of Participation. Read More »

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CMS releases revised CMP policies and analytic tool
(NF)

On July 7, CMS release a S&C memo on the revised CMP Policies and Analytic Tool. AHCA followed up with a closer look in a memo to members. Read More »

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Reminder: New transfer/discharge notifications requirements
(NF)

Take advantage of these resources as you navigate the new transfer/discharge notifications 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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Be ready before Medicare issues new card numbers
(HHA)

NAHC offers insight into changes providers will need to make by April 2018 to accommodate the new Medicare card numbers. Read More »

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IME code requirements updated
(HHA)

IME has updated its splints and casts coding requirements for non-institutional providers, including home health agencies. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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New Life Safety requirements now in effect
(SNF/NF)

Several new requirements under the 2012 Life Safety Code took effect July 5. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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2nd quarter survey reports available
(NF, AL, RCF)

See a summary of results from the DIA and State Fire Marshal's offices' surveys. Read More »

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Gero Nurse Prep delivers RNs ready to succeed!
(All)

Maximize your nursing strength. Start by checking out the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course today! Read More »
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Tops in Survey
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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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Clinical
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Patient confusion: Shingles and chickenpox
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People diagnosed with shingles sometimes do not understand that they can transmit the virus and cause chickenpox in others. Health care providers, please make sure patients understand how the virus can spread and precautions to take. Read More »

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Awards
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IHCA Quality and Excellence Award nominations due August 11
(All)

The IHCA Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Award nominations are now being accepted. All provider types are invited to participate - nursing facilities, assisted living programs, home health agencies, residential care facilities and senior living communities. Read More »
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National News
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Wanted: Interesting AL programs in Iowa
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NCAL is looking for innovative, out-of-the-box ideas in assisted living programs. ICAL is asking for your help in identifying member assisted livings to share with NCAL to potentially feature nationally.  Read More »
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
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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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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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Bronze Award Application Workshop, September 7, 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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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 12, 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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Healthcare Reform
Workforce Development
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Life & Fire Safety
Quality and Survey
Clinical
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