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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 24, 2017
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Healthcare Reform
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Update on Senate repeal and replace bill
(All)

It is important to continue our outreach on Capitol Hill and educate House and Senate Republicans. AHCA has state-specific talking points for members to use in writing their emails. Read More »

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Continue advocacy efforts to protect home care from Medicaid cuts
(HHA)

Home care and hospice are not yet safe from the drastic Medicaid cuts in the BCRA and AHCA and the turmoil that would be caused by a straight repeal. NAHC urges all providers to do what has been working – go to our Legislative Action Center and tell Congress to reject Medicaid cuts and protect home care and hospice! Read More »

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Regulatory
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SNF Quality Reporting Program: Non-compliance letters
(SNF)

Affected SNF providers should act to resolve the issues covered in the non-compliance letters. Inaction will likely result in a loss of 2% in Medicare payments. Read More »
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OIG announces new areas of inquiry in home health, hospice
(HH)

In June and July, the OIG announced a number of new Work Plan items that are of interest to home care and hospice providers. Read More »

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CMS revises format for Plans of Correction
(SNF/NF, RCF, HHA)

CMS S&C Letter: 17-34-ALL, New Guidance for the Formatting of the Plans of Correction, addresses Plan of Correction formatting changes. Read More »

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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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NFs should not wait to train an infection preventionist
(NF)

AHCA's Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) online course will put your facility in a great position with the CMS RoP's new Infection Preventionist Specialized Training requirement. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Medicaid participation deadline is July 31
(Medicaid providers)

Thousands of providers have not yet completed the necessary Medicaid Enrollment Renewal that was to be done by June 30. All MCOs are required by August 1, 2017, to drop providers that have not completed Medicaid Enrollment Renewal by July 31, 2017. See Informational Letter No. 1787 for details. Read More »

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New home Health PEPPER released
(HHA)

A new release of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), with statistics through December 2016, is now available. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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Small O2 quantities exempt from one-hour firewall
(NF, ALP, RCF)

AHCA receives update from CMS on oxygen storage. Read More »

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Workforce Development
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CNA Training Program starts rollout!
(All)

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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Test drive the CARES Online Dementia Training and essentiALZ Certification
(All)

See for yourself—with a free test drive—what the HealthCare Interactive’s CARES® online dementia care training and the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® individual certification programs are all about. 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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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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Wanted: Interesting AL programs in Iowa
(AL)

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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Association News
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The Bulletin takes a break
(All)

Don't miss the Bulletin too much! It will be back in two weeks. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Life & Fire Safety
Workforce Development
Awards
National News
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