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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 14, 2017
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Quality Improvement
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Haven't applied for the Bronze Award? These resources will get you started
(NF, AL, RCF)

Both AHCA/NCAL and IHCA ICAL have upcoming events that will pave the way for beginning your journey to the Quality Program's Bronze Award. Register and start your quality journey today! Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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New Home Health Payment Rule effective CY 2018
(HHA)

A NAHC conference call reviewing the new Home Health Payment Rule effective CY 2018. Read More »

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CMS corrects SNF Consolidated Billing 3-year error
(SNF)

CMS announces a coding error correction impacting certain claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2015, that Medicare mistakenly rejected prior to implementation of CR10163. CMS will not automatically reprocess, so providers' billing staff may need to take action. Read More »

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Managed care call recording available
(Medicaid providers)

The next IHCA Managed Care Call is Wednesday, September 13. If you missed the August call, the recording is now available. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Correctly submitting Critical Incident Reports
(HCBS)

Critical Incident Reports are not accepted if they are submitted by fax, email, or by uploading to the incorrect location in IMPA. Read More »
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CMS HH Open Door Forum summary
(HHA)

NAHC offers a summary of the issues discussed in the Open Door Forum. Read More »

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Check updated LEIE database
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

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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Interim SLTCO announced
(All)

Cindy Pederson has been named interim State Long-Term Care Ombudsman following the departure of the former SLTCO, Deanna Clingan-Fischer. Read More »
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Nursing
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Seeking nurses from various clinical settings
(All)

The Iowa Board of Nursing is seeking qualified nurses to participate in two upcoming National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) meetings in Chicago, Illinois. Read More »
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Advocacy
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While Congress is in recess...
(All)

IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members are encouraged to reach out and share concerns, or better yet, invite lawmakers to visit your facility or organization. Read More »

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Convention
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IHCA, ICAL & ICHC elections and annual meeting
(All)

Online voting begins August 25 and the IHCA, ICAL & ICHC annual meeting is moving to a new location. Read More »

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Convention 2017 - Join the tsunami of fun!
(All)

Registration is now open for the 2017 IHCA Convention and Trade Show. The event is September 25-27 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. Read More »
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2017 Convention lodging and parking
(All)

IHCA has you covered! Take advantage of our lodging room blocks and learn about convention parking. 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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Tunable LED lights
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA is seeking to identify nursing centers that have installed (or are planning to install) a specific kind of LED light. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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 Certificate Program, November 6-10, 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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