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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 5, 2017
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Convention
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Sunday pre-convention education session
(All)

Our bonus pre-convention education session on Sunday, September 24 at 3:30 is first-come, first-serve seating. Register your staff now for the 2017 Convention! Read More »
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Take a swing at IHPAC Golf Tournament
(All)

Sun and fun! A great way to kick off the IHCA Convention is by teeing off at the Iowa Health PAC Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 24. Sponsors and golfers get registered now! Bring your own foursome or make new friends by letting us pair you up with one. 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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Assessment Tool and State Operations Manual Revisions Call on Thursday
(SNF/NF)

Learn about the new CMS Facility Assessment Tool to help identify and develop the specific assessment of your facility. Read More »
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Dependent adult abuse mandatory reporter training
(All)

The Department on Aging will no longer be providing a curriculum. Mandatory reporters are still responsible for maintaining a five-year certificate of mandatory reporting with a curriculum approved through the Iowa Department of Public Health. Read More »

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Federal investigations into elder abuse
(SNF/NF)

OIG has determined that CMS has inadequate procedures to ensure that incidents of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries residing in SNFs are identified and reported. Read More »
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U.S. House takes aim at Medicare regulation relief
(SNF/NF)

The program will rely on stakeholders and aim to identify opportunities to reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. Read More »

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NAHC submits proposals to cut Medicare home health red tape
(HHA)

NAHC submitted seven proposals on how to reduce the regulatory and legislative burden and home health agencies to the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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CMS Emergency Preparedness rule reminders
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

Here are more resources to prepare for the new emergency preparedness requirements. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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RCF cost report requirement
(RCF)

Submit written comments on the proposed amendments to RCF reimbursement by September 5, 2017. Read More »
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Corrected claim modifiers required to avoid rejection
(Medicaid providers)

AmeriHealth Caritas is now requiring providers to add modifiers to corrected claims in order for them to be processed. Read More »
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ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure code updates
(Medicaid providers)

CMS published the final ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure code updates for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018. Be sure to share this with your billing staff. Read More »

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Increase in 52 modifier reduction
(Medicaid providers)

This modifier should only be used when there is no other CPT code that would better describe the reduced service/procedure. Read More »
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Out-of-network reimbursement for MCO claims
(Medicaid providers)

All claims for services provided to MCO-enrolled members must be submitted directly to the appropriate MCO, adhering to the MCO’s claims submission and timeliness guidelines. Read More »

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Clarification of HCBS assessment tools
(HCBS providers, HHA)

DHS will delay implementation of the standardized assessment tools until September 10, 2017. Read More »

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Medicaid pharmacy program changes
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter covers changes to the Preferred Drug List (PDL) effective October 1, 2017. Read More »

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CMS expands Targeted Probe and Educate Medical Review strategy
(SNF/NF)

CMS says they are cognizant of issues of provider burden associated with the traditional medical review process, and have been seeking ways to better target providers that require further education in order to reduce payment errors. Read More »
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CMS to begin Home Health targeted Probe and Educate program
(HHA)

The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) will begin a Home Health Targeted Probe and Educate after the completion of round two at the end of September 2017. 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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Quality Improvement
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Prepare now for flu season
(All)

Flu immunization season is here! It's time to work toward getting staff vaccinated. Read More »

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Win cash for your QI programs!
(All)

Two quality improvement awards programs are offering cash awards for winning submissions. 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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