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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 11, 2017
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Emergency Preparedness
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Review surveyor training on new rules
(NF, ICF/IID)

IHCA highly recommends that our member SNFs, ICF/IIDs go through the training to help prepare for the new regulations effective November 15, 2017. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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September Managed Care Call cancelled
(Medicaid providers)

The IHCA Managed Care Member Call on September 13 has been cancelled so MCOs and providers can attend the IME Annual Provider Training being offered in nine location statewide. Read More »

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Update on SNF Review and Correct Report issues
(SNF)

Here's an update from CMS on two problems identified with the SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports & Confidential Feedback Reports. Read More »

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First of several updates to Medicare Financial Management Manual
(SNF, HHA)

The updates relate to the limitation on recovery of certain overpayments. Providers should share this information with their billing staff. Read More »
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Change in Medicaid hospice payment rates
(H)

CMS memo announces annual change in hospice payment rates for FY 2018. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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LTC Trend Tracker Top-Line Publication on September 13!
(SNF, AL)

LTC Trend Tracker users will receive their latest Your Top-Line publication on September 13. The publication highlights metrics and graphics outlining their quality improvement progress. If your nursing facility or assisted living program is not yet signed up for LTC Trend Tracker - now is the time to sign up for this FREE benefit of your membership. Read More »
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Workforce
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AHCA/NCAL's Career Center joins 'Google for Jobs'
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA members looking to expand the reach of their job postings should take a close look at the AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Career Center that now connects with Google for Jobs. Also be sure to use the available discounts! Read More »

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AL salary and benefits study - participation now open
(AL)

Participation is now open for the Assisted Living Salary & Benefits study, conducted by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service. ICAL's AL members are encouraged to participate in this survey. Read More »
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Convention
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Get social at the evening entertainment
(All)

After education-filled days, the evenings at convention offer a variety of fun entertainment on Monday and Tuesday! Read More »

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Still time to sign up for 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 close Sept. 18
(All)

Online voting began Friday, August 25 and closes September 18. The IHCA, ICAL & ICHC annual meeting is moving to a new location. Read More »

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National News
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NY Times article on observation stays
(SNF/NF)

A recent New York Times article focused on patients impacted by the issue and a recent federal court decision, Alexander v. PriceRead More »

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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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For sale
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Used minibus for sale
(All)

Tour company has a good used minibus for sale. A great option for getting residents around town! Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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MDS Update, October 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Webinar
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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 12, West Des Moines
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DIA's NEW N.F. Survey Process, October 25, Iowa City
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DIA's NEW N.F. Survey Process, October 26, Jefferson
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, November 6-10, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living REGULATORY Nurse Class, November 9, 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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Emergency Preparedness
Payment and Reimbursement
Quality and Survey
Workforce
Convention
National News
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