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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 2, 2017
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Make a difference - attend your Legislative Forum!
(All)

Tired of low reimbursement? Tired of excessive regulations? What can you do about it? Attend an IHCA Legislative Forum! See the schedule of upcoming forums, mark your calendar and make plans now to attend. Read More »

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AHCA and NCAL committee participation
(NF, AL, RCF)

Here's your opportunity to get involved on the national level. Any IHCA or ICAL member interested in submitting a nomination, should contact Cindy Baddeloo. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Update on elimination of Medicaid retro eligibility
(Medicaid providers)

Emergency rules were initially to go into effect October 1; however, the rules are still under consideration by CMS. Our webinar recording provides more details for providers. Read More »

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NAHC comments on HH PPS rate update and more
(HHA)

NAHC offered significant comments to CMS on payment system and services important to home health providers. Read More »

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CMS to revise medical review strategy
(HHA)

CMS has instructed the MAC to use a Targeted Probe and Educate strategy for medical review beginning October 1, 2017. Read More »
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Important legislation for home health moves forward
(HHA)

Home care and hospice won a double victory, when the United States Senate passed the CHRONIC Care Act and the RAISE Family Caregivers ActRead More »

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Updated Medicare Part A rates
(SNF/NF)

IHCA reimbursement consultant provides updated Medicare rate charts for 2018. Read More »

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CMS termination notices go 'virtual'
(All)

CMS is moving the notices of provider terminations online. Read More »
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Quarterly influenza virus vaccine code update
(All)

Effective for claims processed with dates of service on or after January 1, 2018, influenza virus vaccine code 90756 will be payable by Medicare. 
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Regulatory and Survey
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Update on PBJ electronic staffing submission
(NF)

CMS memo covers several items related to Electronic Staffing Submission - Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Public Use File. 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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September NF survey trend report available
(SNF/NF)

IHCA's September Nursing Facility Survey Trends Report gives a summary of DIA survey and certification activity, Read More »

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Clinical
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Update from IDPH
(All)

Iowa Department of Public Health provides an update on influenza and Rhinovirus. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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The Alverno is among the Gold Award elite!
(All)

Iowa is proud to recognize its first AHCA/NCAL National Quality Program Gold Award recipient! Read More »

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Submit Intent to Apply now for 2018 National Quality Award
(NF, AL, RCF)

Join the 145 IHCA and ICAL members moving forward with the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program! Read More »

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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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Report on minimum wage increases impact on AL
(AL, RCF)

The report includes the number of AL and CCRC workers who would be impacted by minimum wage increases and the average wage increases per worker, both nationally and in select states. 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 members are encouraged to participate in this survey. Read More »
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Resources
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DOJ webinar for faith communities on elder abuse prevention and intervention
(All)

This webinar will address challenges and lessons learned when engaging faith leaders to play a critical role in supporting older victims and preventing elder abuse. 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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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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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, November 28, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, November 29, 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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