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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 3, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Claims with service dates after November 30
(Medicaid providers)

AmeriHealth Caritas offers this clarification on how to submit claims for facility admissions on or before November 30, 2017, that extend past that date. Read More »
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UHC prior-authorization for HCBS waiver
(Medicaid providers)

UnitedHealthcare outlines the process and authorization verification for HCBS Waiver Services for Iowans who have transitioned from AmeriHealth Caritas. Read More »

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Provider enrollment with remaining MCOs
(Medicaid providers)

To remain in-network with either MCO, providers need to complete each of the remaining MCO’s contracting and credentialing process Read More »

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Annual Medicaid supplementation submission due January 15
(Medicaid providers)

Here's a link to the required Nursing Facility Supplementation Payment Report form and where to send it. Read More »

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Part B Therapy Caps update
(SNF/NF)

AHCA has positioned us closer than ever to getting therapy cap relief. Read More »

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CMS offering new low volume appeals settlement option
(SNF)

CMS is hosting a conference call on a new low volume appeals settlement option for providers with appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and the Medicare Appeals Council. Read More »

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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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2018 rates for Private Duty Nursing and Personal Care Services
(HH)

IME announces the Medicaid FFS maximum rates updated effective January 1, 2018. Read More »
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Attention myCGS users
(HH)

CGS will begin requiring account recertification be completed every 90 days as of February 1, 2018. Read More »

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Targeted Probe and Educate process and resources
(HH)

CMS issued a Change Request implementing the Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE) process, effective October 1, 2017. Read More »
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Regulatory and Survey
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Water safety and reducing the risk of Legionella
(NF, AL, RCF)

CMS expects Medicare-certified healthcare facilities to have water management policies and procedures to reduce the risk of growth and spread of Legionella and other opportunistic pathogens in building water systems. This webinar on January 31 will provide the information you need! Read More »
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IHCA makes survey trends available to members
(All)

Don't miss the valuable information available in our survey and life safety trends reports. Read More »

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Elevate care with Dementia Specialist credentialing
(All)

The CARES® Online Dementia Training Program offers specialized training and credentialing for staff to help meet the Phase II NF comprehensive facility assessments. Read More »

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National News
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Steil to represent HH members at national level
(HH)

Joanie Steil, ICHC Board Chair, has been selected to join the NAHC strategic planning team. Read More »
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IHCA and AHCA help secure important issues in tax overhaul
(All)

IHCA joined AHCA in lobbying Iowa's members of Congress on the importance of including private activity bonds and the medical expense deduction. Read More »
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Your national association at work for you
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Watching the AHCA/NCAL annual report video is well worth your time. See for yourself what your dues have made possible at the national 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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Association News
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Direct Lobbying Expenses 2017-2018 memo 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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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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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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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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MDS 3.0 Update Class, February 6, West Des Moines
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NW District Meeting & Education, February 6, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Storm Lake   
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NE District Meeting & Education, February 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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Comprehensive Dementia Care Course, February 13, West Des Moines
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SE District Meeting & Education, February 13, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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Fall Prevention Workshop, February 20, West Des Moines   
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RoP Phase II - Survey Update, February 21, 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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