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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 7, 2017
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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS issues FY 2018 SNF PPS Final Rule
(SNF)

CMS issued the final rule for FY 2018 Medicare payment rates and quality program provisions for SNFs. AHCA provides a summary and other resources for member SNFs. Read More »

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2018 HH payment rates, value-based purchasing and more
(HHA)

CMS released the CY 2018 Medicare Home Health payment rule and NAHC has offered a summary. Read More »

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RCF reimbursement and cost reports
(RCF)

IME letter covers the new RCF reimbursement rate and submission instructions for cost reports. Read More »

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Senate repeal and replace votes fail
(All)

Here are the latest summaries provided by AHCA/NCAL and NAHC, on the Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace efforts by the U.S. Senate. Read More »

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Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act introduced
(SNF, HCBS, HHA)

S. 1611 would ensure that extended care providers, including nursing center care, could legally enter into VA Provider Agreements, and would only be subject to the same rules and regulations as any other Medicare or Medicaid provider. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Non-compliance letters on SNF QRP
(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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SNF Quality Reporting Program update and opportunities for action
(SNF)

SNF providers should read AHCA's summary of the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) to ensure they have a good understanding of the QRP requirements. Read More »
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Determining need for CPR
(SNF/NF)

Make sure your facility is in compliance with CMS guidance clarifying the obligation to provide CPR if a resident chooses to be resuscitated. Read More »

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Home Health News
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Deadline for Home Care and Hospice Salary and Benefits Study extended
(HHA)

The Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) encourages its members to participate in this survey. It helps provide statistics that we can share with legislators in our advocacy efforts. Read More »
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Call for nominations for NAHC Board of Directors
(HHA)

Any NAHC member in good standing as of July 1, 2017, can run for election to the board or its nominating committee. ICHC encourages all interested and qualified parties to submit their nomination. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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Sprinkler/fire detector impairment notification differs for DIA, SFM
(NF, AL, RCF)

Notifications to DIA and the State Fire Marshal Office within their respective time frames will be enforced. Read More »
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Reducing Legionella risk in healthcare settings
(SNF/NF and ALL)

This S&C memo applies to long term care providers, hospitals, and critical access hospitals, and provides important general awareness for all healthcare organizations. Read More »

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Workforce
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Salary and Benefits reports available for purchase
(All)

The 2017-2018 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report, published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), are available at a discounted rate to AHCA and NCAL members.  Read More »

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Awards
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Quality & Excellence Award nominations due FRIDAY
(All)

The IHCA Quality Program Awards and Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports Award nominations are due by FRIDAY, AUGUST 11. 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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AHCA/NCAL Convention
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11th annual NCAL Day is a good bet
(AL, RCF)

NCAL Day offers a full slate of programming for assisted living professionals with CEUs, inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, priceless networking, and updates on all the most important topics in assisted living. Read More »

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National Assisted Living Week
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NALW 2017 Media Toolkit and more!
(AL, RCF)

Check out the NALW Media Toolkit for ideas on ways to spread the word about your community's NALW celebration! 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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Resources
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Wheelchair lift for sale
(All)

Need a wheelchair lift for a van? Check this out. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 9, West Des Moines
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Single Facility Conference, August 17, Des Moines
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Nursing Facility Compliance, August 25, webinar
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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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CNA Preceptor Train-the-Trainer Workshop, October 3-4, West 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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Payment and Reimbursement
Regulatory
Home Health News
Life & Fire Safety
Workforce
Awards
AHCA/NCAL Convention
National Assisted Living Week
National News
Resources
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