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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 16, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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ICHC convinces DHS to recalculate LUPA rates
(HH)

The Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) determined that the updated rates result in an average decrease of about six percent across the state of Iowa. At ICHC's request, DHS is recalculating the rates. Read More »

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New CMS low volume appeals settlement option
(Medicare providers)

Medicare Part A and Part B providers are encouraged to examine low volume appeals as a potential option for appeals resolution. Read More »
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Medicaid guidance promoting work and community engagement
(Medicaid providers)

What are the implications for providers with the new CMS guidance reinforcing its commitment to supporting state demonstrations requiring able-bodied Medicaid recipients to participate in work or other community engagement? Read More »

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Medicaid eligibility and application resources from IHCA
(Medicaid providers)

IHCA has a number of resources to assist its members with the elimination of retroactive eligibility for Medicaid. Read More »

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Change in provider enrollment application fee
(Medicaid providers)

The application fee is required with initial applications for new enrollment, applications for a new practice location, and any re-enrollment. Read More »
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Iowa participation in PERM audits
(Medicaid providers)

Providers may be contacted by CMS national contractors who will collect medical records for PERM audits. Read More »
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UnityPoint stays in Amerigroup network
(Medicaid providers)

Amerigroup and UnityPoint Health have reached an agreement. Read More »
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Regulatory and Survey
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PBJ deadline approaching - February 14
(SNF)

Now is a good time to enter the data into the PBJ portal and run some validation checks to ensure the facility's data accuracy before the February 14 submission deadline. Read More »

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QRP Confidential Feedback Reports now available
(SNF)

Providers should request an updated version of the report to review the corrected MSPB measure calculation from the October 2017 SNF QRP. Read More »
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Influenza Update
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Influenza deaths continue to increase in Iowa
(All)

IDPH confirmed an additional eight influenza-related deaths in Iowa. Please remind staff and patients that it is not too late to get a flu shot. 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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LTC Nurse & Administrator Leadership Program, Part 1 March 6-7, Part 2 April 25-26, West Des Moines
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Workforce Symposium, March 8, 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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