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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 27, 2017
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Managed Care
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IHCA stays on top of MCO and Managed Care changes
(Medicaid providers)

IHCA has been in ongoing contact with DHS, the MCOs and state legislators to ensure our members' and their residents' best interests are protected and that stakeholders have a good understanding of the impact on providers and the IA Health Link members we serve. Read More »
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Regulatory and Survey
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S&C memos delay enforcement of RoP provisions
(NF)

The memos indicate that CMS is delaying some enforcement provisions of the Phase 2 requirements, but will proceed with implementing the new survey process on November 28. Read More »
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New webinars for organization leaders on RoP regs
(SNF/NF)

The three-part webinar series on the new Requirements of Participation (RoP) taking effect this week is available for free for all skilled nursing facility CEOs and owners. Read More »
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IHCA represented on dementia task force
(ALL)

IHCA is taking an active role in writing the task force's report to legislators on options for coordinating state agencies and private entities to promote better access to dementia-specific care in residential and home and community-based settings. Read More »

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CMS issues instructions for Subunit conversion
(HHA)

Effective January 13, 2018, home health Subunit designations will be eliminated and all Subunits will either need to convert to a free standing agency or convert to a branch. CMS outlines the policy and process for home health agency Subunit transitions in a S&C memo. Read More »
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CMS home health and hospice Open Door Forum summary
(HH, H)

NAHC offers a summary of the CMS Open Door Forum held earlier this month. 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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Payment for outpatient rehab services
(SNF/NF)

Beginning February 1, NFs billing for rehabilitation services to non-residents will be paid on the fee schedule for rehabilitation agency services. 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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Advocacy
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Final week of Legislative Forums - 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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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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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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Association News
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Plan ahead for 2018 education
(All)

Get your IHCA, ICAL and ICHC education mapped out with our 2018 Education Schedule. Read More »
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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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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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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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