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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 23, 2017
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Advocacy
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Updates to Legislative Forum schedule
(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. Please note two schedule changes this week. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Notice of 2 percent penalty - See Quality Indicator field
(SNF)

Medicare certified skilled nursing facility providers should be receiving a notice letter from WPSRead More »

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Update on Review and Correct & Confidential Feedback reports
(SNF/NF)

CMS provides an update on report modification and submission deadlines. Read More »

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SNF QRP Confidential Feedback reports available

SNF QRP Confidential Feedback Reports with claims-based IMPACT Act measures are now available via the CASPER Reporting System. Read More »
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Amerigroup authorization and claim mismatch issues
(HH)

Amerigroup provides a follow up on their home health authorization/claim mismatch issue. 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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HCBS self-assessment 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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Regulatory and Survey
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NFs should train an infection preventionist sooner - not later

AHCA's Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) online course will put your facility in a great position with the CMS RoP's new Infection Preventionist Specialized Training requirement. 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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New state ombudsman named
(All)

Cindy Pederson, JD, has accepted the position of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman effective immediately. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Quality comes with RN expertise and growth
(All)

Strengthen your organization's quality improvement efforts by having your RN become certified in gerontologial nursing by ANCC. Save on the Gero Nurse Prep Program through November 30. Read More »
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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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Emergency Preparedness
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Emergency preparedness requirements - AHCA webinar series Part IV
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

The final installment of AHCA's emergency preparedness webinar series is next month. Register now and view past webinars for free. Read More »

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Health Information Technology
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Watch for survey from Iowa Health Information Network
(All)

The IHIN is emailing a brief online survey to capture information from Iowa Medicaid providers. Watch your inbox for the email. Read More »

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Association News
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Charge it! Credit card payment option is here
(All)

IHCA members now 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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Nursing Facility Compliance, November 17, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Webinar
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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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Restorative Nursing Program, December 6, 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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This newsletter contains confidential information and is intended only for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC membership. Dissemination, distribution or copying the contents of this email beyond this group is strictly prohibited. 

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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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