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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 8, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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Surveyors will use draft Interpretive Guidance
(HH)

Since the final HH CoP Interpretive Guidance will not be issued before the January 13, 2018 effective date, surveyors will use the draft Interpretive Guidance to start surveys under the new HHA CoPs. Read More »

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ICHC seeks DIA clarification before HH CoP surveys
(HH)

ICHC staff asked DIA for clarification on several areas to identify how Iowa surveyors will handle them under the new HH CoPs. Read More »

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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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Ombudsman announces region assignment changes
(SNF/NF)

The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman has made adjustments to region assignments. 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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Update to Part B therapy 'always therapy' code edits
(All)

CMS has deleted a procedure code used to track the Medicare Part B therapy caps, effective January 1. 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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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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CMS webinars on new Medicare cards
(Medicare providers)

CMS Kansas City Regional Office is holding New Medicare Card Webinars for providers. Read More »

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Legislative and Advocacy
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IHCA meets with leaders prior to session starting
(All)

IHCA prepared for legislative session with leadership meetings and identifying members' priorities. Read More »

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IHCA expands team at the Capitol
(All)

In a strategic expansion of its presence at the Capitol, IHCA has hired Cornerstone Government Affairs to join GovCom on an expanded IHCA lobby team. Read More »
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Association News
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Members represent Iowa on national-level committees
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA members and staff serve on AHCA and NCAL committees to ensure your voice is heard. Read More »
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Grow as an independent owner at March conference

AHCA/NCAL's popular annual event brings together independent owners and administrators from every corner of the country. Read More »
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Nursing
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Nursing CE rule changes took effect January 1
(All)

Board of Nursing announced new continuing education rules effective January 1. 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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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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Life Safety & Fire Safety Conference, February 26-27, Coralville
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Life Safety & Fire Safety Conference, February 28 - March 1, Jefferson
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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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