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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 18, 2017
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National News
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Tax reform update: Private activity bonds appear safe
(All)

Changes to two priority issues for the long term and post-acute care (LT/PAC) profession will likely be excluded from a final House-Senate tax reform bill that Republican lawmakers hope to send for President Trump’s signature this week.
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Congress faces tight schedule on year-end priorities
(All)

Congress has only a few days to come up with solutions to many must-pass deals and 2017 priorities. Read More »
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ICHC and NAHC speaking out against proposed Medicare cuts
(HH)

Under consideration in Congress right now are severe cuts to Medicare home health payment rates and spending. 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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LUPA reimbursement rate rebase announced
(HH)

IME has announced the rebased LUPA rates effective July 1, 2017. Read More »
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Medicaid fraud and abuse prevention: Annual submission requirements
(Medicaid providers)

Informational Letter No. 1867-MC-FFS-D applies to providers or part of a provider entity, that receives payments of $5,000,000 or more from Iowa Medicaid in any federal fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). Read More »
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Workforce
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Updated comparisons for cost wage and staffing data
(NF)

BCG Research has released updated comparisons for cost wage and staffing data from Medicaid cost reports through June 30, 2017. Read More »
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National CE registry for administrators - Sign up for free
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

The system enables administrators to track both CEs approved by NAB’s National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) and non-NCERS approved CEs. It will be required for AHCA/NCAL education CEUs beginning April 1. Read More »

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Nominate your LTSS nurses by December 31!
(All)

Let's see how may IHCA ICAL and ICHC nurses we can get recognized! Nominate your nurse(s) for the 100 Great Iowa Nurses 2018 award at www.greatnurses.org by December 31. Read More »

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Quality
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Upcoming discussion on incentivizing consistent assignment
(SNF/NF)

Learn how state programs in Tennessee and Utah are leveraging their incentive programs to catalyze improvements in quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents. 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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Join 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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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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Iowa News
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Warning on home health care scam and thefts
(All)

ICHC members are encouraged to warn their home care patients of a scam being reported in northern Iowa. Such actions could easily spread to other parts of the state. Read More »

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Association News
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Direct Lobbying Expenses 2017 and 2018 - memo now available
(NF, AL, RCF)

Attention Business Office staff: The IHCA member memo, Direct Lobbying Expenses for 2017 and 2018, is now posted on the IHCA Members Only website. Read More »

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Member benefit: Hotel discounts updated
(All)

Check out our updated list of West Des Moines discounted hotel rates available for all IHCA members. Read More »
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Plan ahead for 2018 education
(All)

Map out your organization's 2018 education and CEU plan with the IHCA ICAL and ICHC 2018 Education ScheduleRead More »

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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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Happy Holidays from IHCA!
(All)

The IHCA office will close to observe Christmas and New Years. And the IHCA Bulletin is taking a vacation. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Fall Prevention Workshop, February 20, 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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