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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 9, 2017
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Advocacy
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You can 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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Ascend & DHS offering free PASRR training
(NF)

Free training on PASRR and related topics will be offered around the state next week. Register in advance. Read More »

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Free webinar on InterQual Home Care Criteria
(HH)

This webinar will review the system that MCOs use to determine the appropriateness of initial and ongoing skilled home care services, hospice and palliative care needs for adult and pediatric patients. Home Care Criteria also include visit recommendations. Read More »
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IME on the proper use of the 'SC' modifier
(SNF, HH)

IME updates the procedure code set to ensure it accurately reflects whether it is also covered by Medicare. Read More »
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HCBS self-asessment due by December 1
(HCBS providers)

The completed self-assessment and accompanying address collection tool must be received by the IME no later than December 1, 2017. Read More »
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CMS Issues Final Rule Correction Notice - FY 2018 SNF PPS
(SNF/NF)

The FY 2018 SNF PPS - Final Rule Correction Notice corrects an array of calculation errors. Read More »
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CMS updates on SNF VBP
(SNF)

CMS finalized key components of the SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program that will impact reimbursements starting next year. Read More »
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Documentation is key to financial abuse cases
(All)

Cases of financial abuse/dependent adult abuse can be supported when authorities are provided with thorough documentation. Read More »

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Regulatory
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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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CMS issues physician clinical template for home health
(HH)

CMS posted a list of suggested clinical data elememnts it developed for an electronic template for physician documentation of the home health plan of care/certification. Read More »

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Direct Care Registry and CNAs
(All)

DIA offers insight and clarification on Iowa's Direct Care Registry for CNAs. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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New customizable tool for CMS EP requirements
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

This great new tool, available through the online AHCA/NCAL Bookstore, will help insure your compliance with new CMS emergency preparedness requirements effective November 15. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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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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Tops in Survey
(All)

Congratulations to IHCA members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. Members can review the latest survey trends for NFs, ALs, HHAs and RCFs on our Members Only website. Read More »
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Resources
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New anti-bullying resource from NCAL
(AL, RCF)

NCAL offers providers a free prevention and surveillance resource to help providers better understand bullying behaviors among certain residents in their communities. Read More »
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Association News
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Charge it! Credit card payment option coming
(All)

Starting next week, IHCA members will have the option to pay for education with a credit card. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA mounts campaign against unfunded mandate
(SNF/NF)

AHCA is urging Members of Congress to sign a letter asking CMS to revise a recent unfunded mandate. Read More »
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NCAL report: States make changes to AL regulations
(AL)

NCAL's report summarizes key selected state requirements for assisted living licensure or certification. It includes information on 20 categories, including which state agency licenses assisted living, as well as, recent legislative and regulatory activity. Read More »

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Two new OIG reports related to NFs
(SNF/NF)

Two OIG reports look at the onsite investigations of nursing facility complaints and the tracking and collection of Medicare overpayments. Read 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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Education Calendar
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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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Northwest District Education and Meeting, November 7, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
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Assisted Living REGULATORY Nurse Class, November 9, West Des Moines
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Northeast District Education and Meeting, November 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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Southeast District Education and Meeting, November 14, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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Southwest District Education and Meeting, November 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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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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