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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 18, 2017
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IHCA, ICAL & ICHC online elections close TODAY
(All)

Watch for an email from voter@associationelections.com with instructions to complete the online electronic balloting for the annual election of IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Board of Director Officers and Directors-at-Large which ends TODAY. If you are your organization's voting representative please vote today AND plan to attend the IHCA Annual Business meeting on Sept. 26.  Read More »

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IHCA welcomes Brent Willett as President and CEO
(All)

Today Brent Willett assumes the role of IHCA President and CEO. Members have plenty of upcoming opportunities to say hello. Read More »

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Member participation vital at our Legislative Forums
(All)

If you want your voices heard by our elected officials, an IHCA Legislative Forum is the place to be. We need your support! Read why your participation matters. See the schedule of upcoming forums, mark your calendar and make plans now to attend. Read More »

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Convention
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Early bird registration ends Tuesday
(All)

Early bird registration ends on Tuesday, September 19 for the 2017 IHCA Convention and Trade Show. Register by Tuesday before the $50 late fee goes into effect.  Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Webinar: Elimination of Medicaid retro eligibility
(Medicaid providers)

Don't be caught off guard! This webinar will help you be prepared for the exit of Medicaid retro eligibility slated to take effect October 1. Read More »

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Updated SNF Consolidated Billing HCPCS Code List
(SNF)

New code files will be posted by the first week in December. Be sure to share this information with your SNF billing staff. Read More »

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2017 IME Annual Provider Training and handouts
(Medicaid providers)

The Iowa DHS/IME 2017 Annual Provider Training continue throughout the state until the end of September. The handouts from the training are available on the Annual Provider Training 2017 webpage. Read More »
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Release of new Medicare cards and beneficiary ID
(All)

Starting in April 2018, CMS will begin issuing new identification cards replacing the current ID numbers with an 11-digit alpha-numeric code. Providers may need to make changes in their management system software. Read More »

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Regulatory and Survey
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Webinar on SNF RoP Phase 2 effective November 28
(SNF)

Even though this is being held during the IHCA convention, by registering, you will have on-demand access to the recording. When you return from convention, you and your staff can listen to the recording. Read More »
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Is your dining program ready for Phase 2 of the RoP?
(SNF)

This free AHCA webinar will help your dietary program prepare for the Phase 2 RoP requirements. Read More »

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ICHC Regulatory Update
(HHA)

The packet includes all the updated regulatory items for home health members in the last quarter. Read More »

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CMS website for survey and certification reports
(NF, HHA, ICF/IID, H)

IHCA recommends providers review the new website where CMS has posted results of survey and certification activity from the last 10 years. Read More »

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Clinical
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AL medication management webinar
(AL, RCF)

This webinar will cover topics on best practices for medication management in assisted living including the role of the AL nurse and consultant pharmacist for medication management. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Resources for responding to concerns following FL nursing home deaths
(All)

AHCA provides talking points and a family letter template in response to Florida nursing home deaths. Read More »

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Review surveyor training on new EP 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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Quality Improvement
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AHCA/NCAL announces 2018 Quality Initiative Recognition Program
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL is relaunching the Quality Initiative Recognition Program. Make sure your organization gets credit for making strides in quality improvement! Read More »

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Workforce
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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 members are encouraged to participate in this survey. 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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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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Certified Dietary Mangers Exam Prep Workshop, October 31, 9:00-noon, West Des Moines
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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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