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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 20, 2017
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Advocacy
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IHCA needs your participation in AHCA's study
(SNF/NF)

IHCA needs its nursing facility members' participation in AHCA's facility margin study. The information will help our regulatory and reimbursement legislative goals move forward. It is vitally important that our member NFs complete the survey. Read More »

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The final week of Legislative Forums is ahead. 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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Access to FFS rate info and LTC compilation reports
(SNF/NF)

IME announces that nursing facility Medicaid FFS rate information reports, including case-mix data, will be available on its nursing facility rates webpage quarterly. Read More »

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Medicare Part B therapy cap threshold set
(SNF)

Be sure to share these therapy cap value updates with therapy and billing staff. Read More »
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Get a snapshot of your Medicare Part A services
(SNF/NF)

The SNF PUF gives summarized information on Medicare Part A SNF PPS services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  Read More »
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SNF QRP Help Desk Q&A document
(SNF)

Get your SNF Quality Reporting Program questions answered here! Read More »

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QMB and coinsurance issue
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

CMS has issued corrective guidance to providers, states and plans on problematic changes associated with Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs). Read More »
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MedPAC discusses a new HH payment model
(HH)

A unified post acute care prospective payment system (PAC PPS) has been under discussion for a few years and is intended to bring parity to payments in this sector of healthcare. Read More »
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House proposal for rural add-on extension, payment modifications
(HH)

This agreement includes a five-year straight extension of the Home Health rural add-on. Read More »
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HCBS Provider Self-Assessment ICAL assistance
(AL)

The Medicaid provider quality management self-assessment form must be completed and submitted by December 1. ICAL can help! Read More »

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More on transition from AmeriHealth Caritas
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter officially announces transition to UnitedHealthcare Plan for AmeriHealth Caritas members. Read More »

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UnityPoint Health potentially leaving Amerigroup network
(Medicaid providers)

UnityPoint Health continues discussions with Amerigroup in hopes of reaching an agreement by the end of the year. Read More »
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IHCA discussions lead to Part B Recovery Project cancellation
(SNF/NF)

AmeriHealth Caritas confirmed today that they are cancelling all three recovery projects related to therapy in nursing facilities. Read More »
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Regulatory and Survey
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CMS relents on "cocktail dose" drug administration
(SNF/NF)

CMS has changed course on problematic guidance on medication administration.  Read More »

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Resident interview questions - QIS survey vs. new survey
(SNF/NF)

Interview questions for residents and resident representatives and probes for resident observations and limited record reviews that will be completed as part of the Initial Pool process on Day 1 of each survey conducted beginning November 28, 2017. Read More »

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Effective date unchanged for the HH COPs
(HH)

CMS said that for the first year following the effective date they will not impose Civil Monetary Penalties on any re-certification survey unless there is an Immediate Jeopardy situation. 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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Association News
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Book rooms early: IHCA 2018 convention room block open
(All)

The Des Moines Downtown Marriott room block is now open for reservations for the 2108 IHCA Convention and Trade Show. Read More »

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Participate in the Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Study
(AL)

ICAL member assisted living providers are asked to complete the study's questionnaire by December 4.  Read More »
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Activity Services
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AHCA announces 2018 NSNCW theme
(SNF/NF)

National Nursing Home Week has a new identity - National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW). Check out the 2018 theme! 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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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, Des Moines
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AANAC-Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 23-25, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, February 1-15, Online & Classroom, 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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