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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 30, 2017
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Advocacy
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Your participation in Legislative Forums is critical!
(All)

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

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Regulatory
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The use of camera and video monitoring in facilities
(All)

IHCA’s legal consultant offers some guidance for providers on camera and video monitoring in facilities. Read More »

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Beware of water testing services solicitation
(SNF/NF)

Be advised that Legionella water testing services being offered to nursing facilities are not required, provided or endorsed by CMS. Read More »
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Policies, procedures and other RoP resources
(SNF/NF)

Looking for policy and procedure for RoP requirements? Be sure to tap into all the resources at ahcancalED in the RequiredED section for a great starting point. Read More »
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CMS releases draft of the HH CoP Interpretive Guidelines
(HH)

CMS has issued a draft version of the Home Health Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs) Interpretative Guidelines (IGs). Read More »
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CMS Targeted Probe and Educate - Questions answered!
(HH)

CMS is now refining the Probe and Educate strategy by moving to a more targeted one. Read More »
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Important survey for non-residential HCBS providers
(HH)

Non-residential and/or adult day services HCBS providers are asked to complete the online survey by Tuesday, October 31. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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AmeriHealth Caritas recoupment letters - Part B co-insurance
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

IHCA met with AmeriHealth Caritas, DHS and IME regarding recent dual-eligibiles' Part B co-insurance recoupment letters sent by AmeriHealth Caritas. Read More »

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Update on authorization and claim mismatch issue
(Medicaid providers)

Providers who have seen an increase in letter volume from Amerigroup should soon see a decrease in those letters. Read More »
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House letter calls for HHS, CMS to stop HHGM
(HH)

The Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), proposed as part of the home health prospective payment system (PPS) update, has met with outcry from providers, association groups and even federal and state lawmakers. 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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Draft bill to repeal Medicare Part B Therapy Caps
(NF, HH)

AHCA/NCAL is encouraged that the proposed policy appears to permanently resolve this long-standing problem. Read More »
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Veterans health care legislation introduced in House
(SNF/NF)

The bill ensures that nursing facilities can legally enter into Veterans Affairs (VA) Provider Agreements and be subject to the same rules and regulations as other Medicare or Medicaid providers. Read 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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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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Workforce
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President's executive order paves way for new health care plans
(All)

The executive order allows federal agencies to propose new guidance and reduce existing restrictions on so-called association health plans and on selling lower cost short-term insurance. 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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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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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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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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Health Care Assistants Education Conference, December 13, 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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