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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 21, 2017
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Payment and Reimbursement
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DHS seeking elimination of retroactive eligibility
(Medicaid providers)

Providers need to voice opinions to CMS about potential elimination of Medicaid 90-day retroactive eligibility. Read More »

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Nursing facility rate rebase
(SNF/NF)

Here's an update from IME on the rebase for nursing facilities effective July 1, 2017. Read More »
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Update on SNF Value Based Purchasing
(SNF/NF)

CMS finalized some key components of the SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program, which impacts reimbursements starting next year. Read More »
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Updated Part B therapy coding scrutiny starts January
(SNF)

SNF billers for providers of Part B therapy services will want to review this guidance from CMS. Read More »
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CMS scales back mandatory bundles
(SNF/NF)

CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until October 15, 2017. Read More »

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AHCA hosts bundling webinar, August 29
(SNF/NF)

This webinar will offer an update on CMS’ various bundled payment programs. Read More »

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HHVBP payment adjustment and claim service codes
(HHA)

Iowa is among the nine states affected by CR 10167 that provides instructions on how adjustments will be applied to claims for the home health agencies participating in the Home Health Value Based Purchasing program. Read More »

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Recertify your FISS DDE User ID today
(HHA, HH)

Each year, Medicare providers are required to recertify their Fiscal Intermediary Standard System (FISS) Direct Data Entry (DDE) user access. Failure to recertify will result in the termination of FISS DDE/PPTN services.  Read More »
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UnitedHealthcare updated advocate contacts
(Medicaid providers)

Get your questions directed to the right person with the new HCBS Advocate Team contact map. Read More »

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News from IME
(NF, RCF, HHA)

Medicaid and fee-for-service providers need to review these three new IME Informational Letters. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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CMS launches Hospice COMPARE quality website
(All)

Last week, CMS launched the Hospice COMPARE website, giving patients, family members, health care providers and others access to an initial set of seven quality measures for hospice programs nationwide. Read More »

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

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