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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 28, 2017
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IHCA announces selection of new President & CEO
(All)

New IHCA President and CEO, Brent Willett, will start on September 18. Current IHCA President and CEO Steve Ackerson will remain on staff as a consultant until December, when he will officially retire. Read More »
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IHCA, ICAL & ICHC elections and annual meeting
(All)

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

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Regulatory and Survey
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DIA enforcing door alarm in AL dementia units
(ALP/RCF)

DIA says it will cite ALP dementia units not having a separate door alarm. Read More »
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CMS quality and certification oversight reports website
(HHA, HH)

New website makes available on demand a wealth of provider-type survey and certification data. Read More »

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CMS releases new survey forms
(SNF/NF)

CMS has released new forms for the new long term care survey process starting on November 28, 2017. Read More »
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August NF survey trend report available
(SNF/NF)

Get the latest summary from the IHCA Nursing Facility Survey Committee on DIA survey and certification activity. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Emergency changes to SNF QRP deadlines
(SNF/NF)

The specific reports impacted are the Review and Correct Report and Confidential Feedback Report. Read More »

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Technical specs updated for SNF QRP measures
(SNF/NF)

Stay up to date on the new specifications for the CMS SNF Quality Reporting Program. Read More »

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Resources to help prevent Part A SNF PPS denials
(SNF/NF)

If your nursing facility is seeing Medicare Part A Prospective Payment System (PPS) payment denials, be sure to share these resources with your billing staff. Read More »

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

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

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Cost reporting requirements and Medicaid FFS cost settlement
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter covers update and clarifications regarding Medicaid cost report submission requirements and usage. Read More »
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Updated UHC Provider Manual
(Medicaid providers)

UHC's updated Provider Manual is now posted online. Read More »

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2017 IME Annual Provider Training
(Medicaid providers)

Seating is limited in all locations so register now for the location and session that works best for you.  Read More »

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CMS proposes to remove or modify 35 OASIS items
(HHA)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has concerns with CMS proposed changes to the CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update proposed rule. Read More »
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HHA prior authorization reminders
(HHA)

UnitedHealthcare offers a document with tips and resources to help ensure the successful completion of prior authorizations. 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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CMS launches Jimmo settlement agreement webpage
(All)

See the new CMS Jimmo Settlement Agreement webpage for information on the settlement background, links to resources and frequently asked questions. Read More »

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Workforce
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Legislative changes to workers' comp law to reduce employer premiums
(All)

The Iowa Insurance Division has provided notice for a proposed workers’ compensation premium rate change for CY 2018. Read More »
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Electronic filing for OSHA Injury and Illness Reports
(NF, RCF, HHA)

Use the new OSHA electronic portal to file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses. OSHA is also in the process of extending the report due date from July 1, 2017, to December 1, 2017. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Let these resources start your Quality Award journey
(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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Come be all ears for great keynote speakers!
(All)

Put on your listening ears! The IHCA Convention will feature three excellent keynote speakers that you won't want to miss. 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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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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