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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 13, 2017
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Payment and Reimbursement
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IHCA offers update on AmeriHealth Caritas transition
(Medicaid providers)

Our ongoing discussions with state and MCO officials are yielding answers to your questions on enrollment, prior authorization, billing and more. Read More »

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Check updated LEIE database
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

Long term service and support providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis. Here is an updated version... Read More »
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CMS SNF VBP call on November 16
(SNF)

Learn how the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program will affect Medicare’s payments to facilities beginning October 1, 2018. Read More »

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Conference call on Provider Quality Management Self-Assessment
(HCBS providers)

HCBS providers should not miss the ICAL conference call, Friday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m., on the 2017 Provider Quality Management Self-AssessmentRead More »

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Quality and Survey
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October NF survey trend report available
(NF)

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

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OIG report may spur state revisits
(SNF/NF)

The OIG released its third report in 2017 focused on revisit and the sixth report on this topic since 2015. 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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Need to complete satisfaction surveys? See BCG Research!
(SNF/NF)

ECSI preferred vendor, BCG Research is ready to do 2017 annual resident or staff surveys. Contact Lisa Jesse to learn how BCG can meet your survey needs. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Resources for new rule effective this week
(NF, ICF/IID)

The new Emergency Preparedness Final Rule takes effect on Wednesday. Here are a some great resources for facilities still working toward compliance. Read More »

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Advocacy
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Two weeks of Legislative Forums remain. Your attendance 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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Your study participation will help IHCA's advocacy efforts
(SNF/NF)

As part of your advocacy efforts, IHCA is asking for your participation in AHCA's facility margin study. The information will help our regulatory and reimbursement legislative goals move forward. Read More »

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Resources
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KEPRO Person and Family Engagement project
(All)

KEPRO offers resources for helping Medicare beneficiaries and families with communication and engagement on health care issues. Read More »

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Opioid Intervention & Quality Improvement Tool
(SNF/NF)

The Opioid Safety Toolkit from Telligen can help providers address opioid related issues and interventions. Read More »

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National News
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AHCA voices opposition to private activity bonds elimination
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL is speaking out against the elimination of private activity bonds in the tax proposal being considered in the House of Representatives. 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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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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Winter Quarterly Education Conference, December 13, 2017, 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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