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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 11, 2017
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Winter Quarterly & HCA Conference
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Weather clear ahead for conferences this week
(All)

No travel worries for Wednesday's Winter Quarterly Education Conference and Health Care Assistants' Education Conference. You can register online until 1 p.m. on Tuesday and walk-ins are welcome! Bring a car load of staff. Don't miss out...register todayRead More »

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Quality Improvement
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Members receive Quality Initiative recognition
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA ICAL is proud to recognize the 64 member nursing facilities and 7 member assisted living programs that are being honored through the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program.  Read More »
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Join the 158 IHCA & ICAL members on the Quality Award Program journey
(NF, AL, RCF)

Start your quality improvement journey today with the 2018 National Quality Award Program! Applications and payments for 2018 must be submitted via the online portal by February 1, 2018. Read More »

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Performance excellence: How a small NF achieved the Gold Award
(NF, AL, RCF)

Think the National Quality Award Program is too much for your small, rural facility to take on? Well, watch this webinar series and think again! Read More »

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Your Top-Line coming to Trend Tracker users
(NF, AL, RCF)

Attention LTC Trend Tracker users! The latest Your Top-Line publication is coming to your email inbox this week. Read More »
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The time for private duty home care accreditation is now
(HH)

Industry growth has led to calls for more oversight and regulation, and more and more states are considering legislation to make accreditation for private duty home care agencies mandatory. Beat the mandates and stand out from your competition by becoming an accredited private duty home care agency now! 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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CGS providers asked to test CBRs
(HH)

CGS is asking for feedback from home health providers on a comparative billing report (CBR) feature that has been added to myCGSRead More »

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Regulatory
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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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Association News
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NFs: Please complete AHCA survey by Friday
(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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Home health spending slowed in 2016
(HH)

Home health care accounts for three percent of the health care spending and while overall home health spending rose in 2016, the pace slowed to a four percent increase. Learn more in NAHC's analysis of this CMS report. 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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Resources
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Holiday sale at the AHCA/NCAL Bookstore
(NF, AL, RCF)

Save 15 percent until December 31. Here's how... Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Winter Quarterly & HCA Conference
Quality Improvement
Payment and Reimbursement
Regulatory
Association News
National News
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