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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 16, 2017
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Update on Medicaid retractive eligibility changes
(SNF/NF)

DHS needs CMS approval, and a decision is expected by the end of October. If approved, Iowa would become the first state in the nation to replace the 90-day retroactive eligibility coverage with 30-day retroactive eligibility coverage. Read More »
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Members of Congress asking CMS to not finalize proposed HHGM
(HH)

You can help!! Home health providers are asked to contact your members of Congress to tell CMS to withdraw the harmful HHGM proposal! Click here to email your elected officials. 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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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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Ascend & DHS offering free PASRR training
(NF)

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

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Regulatory
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NAHC calls on CMS to delay new HHCoP implementation
(HH)

NAHC's letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requests a delay in the implementation of the new Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoP) currently scheduled to take effect January 13, 2018. Read More »

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Baseline care plan tool
(SNF/NF)

Here's a tool to help providers meet the 48-hour baseline care plan requirement of the revised CMS Nursing Facility RoP. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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Spontaneous combustion fires on increase
(All)

A warning from the State Fire Marshal's Office on the drying of chemical and grease laden rags. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Resources for new emergency preparedness requirements
(SNF/NF)

Be ready for the November 15 deadline and your next survey. Here are three resources for nursing facilities that will help you meet the new emergency preparedness requirements. Read More »
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Home health emergency preparedness resources
(HH)

CMS has posted provider-accessible Basic Surveyor Training Course, and NAHC is offering a workbook and toolkit to help you prepare for compliance. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Webinar: Hospital Admissions in Long Stay Settings
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Hospitalizations pose significant risks for frail older adults. This FREE webinar from AHCA/NCAL will give your organization great insight into reducing hospitalizations. 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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My Personal Directions for Quality Living
(All)

This template helps individuals express their preferences for long term care, to help family members and facility staff better understand meet his/her requests and wishes. Read More »
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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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Association News
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Charge it! Credit card payment option coming
(All)

Starting later this 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, 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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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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Assisted Living Managers Annual Conference, November 21, 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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