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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 4, 2017
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Education Conferences
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Managed care, trending survey topics and direct care
(All)

Next week's Winter Quarterly Education Conference covers important topics for nursing facilities, assisted living programs and home health providers! Plus, the Health Care Assistants' Education Conference is offered at the same time. Bring a car load of staff. Don't miss out...register todayRead More »

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Association News
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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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National News
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IHCA working to protect private activity bonds
(All)

As movement continues on the proposed federal tax reform legislation, IHCA is reaching out to Iowa's U.S. elected officials to protect private activity bonds for our not-for-profit members. Here's how you can help...  Read More »

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Retroactive coverage elimination raises concern at federal level
(Medicaid providers)

IHCA's outcry over the elimination of retroactive Medicaid coverage for Iowa's frail and elderly is making waves at the federal level. 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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Managed Care
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Letters released on managed care MCO transition
(Medicaid providers)

Three important letters were released by IME in the past week. All are related to the managed care MCO transition. Read More »

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Complaint form for MCO Ombudsman Program
(Medicaid providers)

The ombudsman has a managed care complaint form that can be used by Medicaid members and their authorized representatives. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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2018 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule therapy file
(Medicare providers)

The 2018 therapy fees for each CPT/HCPCS Code in each geographic area are available to our members on the AHCA website. Read More »

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NF Analysis: Census, Occupancy & CMI
(NF)

IHCA's payment consultant offers analysis of the updated RUG distribution comparison report, CMI information from IME and Carewatch users' case mix comparison. Read More »
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Pharmacy changes effective January 1
(Medicaid providers)

Changes to Medicaid pharmacy program are outlined in this IME letter. Read More »
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Regulatory
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NAHC submits recommendations on HH CoP
(HH)

NAHC submitted 30 pages of comments and recommendations to CMS on the draft HH CoP Interpretive Guidelines. Read More »

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Electronically report injury, illness data by December 15
(NF, AL, RCF)

Certain employers are required to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations. Read More »

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Get your updated Long Term Care Survey manual
(SNF/NF)

Be sure you’re getting the most up to date and accurate information available. The only way is to get it at AHCA! Read More »
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Workforce
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Give your job listings national exposure: LTC Career Center
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL's LTC Career Center is always free for job seekers and averages more than 1,400 views a month. Check out the two discount offers to save on your national job postings. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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November NF survey trend report available
(SNF/NF)

IHCA's November Nursing Facility Survey Trends Report gives a summary of DIA survey and certification activity. 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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Excel in 2018: AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit
(NF, AL, RCF)

Keep your organization's drive for quality alive by attending the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit, March 12-14 in New Orleans, LA. Read More »

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The Value of Data in Quality Improvement
(NF, AL, RCF)

This webinar introduces the Five-Star Quality Measure Predictor Tool, available exclusively in LTC Trend Tracker. Providers are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable, free resource from AHCA/NCAL. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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