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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 23, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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CMS releases revised HH CoP protocols
(HH)

The revised protocols incorporate the new standards and CoPs, assign new G tags to each of the standards, and reduce the pre-survey preparation time and the number of patient records required to be reviewed. Read More »
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Change in CMP and citation assessment
(SNF/NF)

IHCA legal consultant, Ken Watkins, received an updated clarification from CMS on G-level tags and CMPs. Read More »

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PBJ update - 2017 Q3 data release
(SNF)

AHCA offers insight and resources related to the upcoming 3rd Quarter PBJ data release. Read More »

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January survey trends available
(SNF/NF)

Check out the latest in nursing facility survey trends from the IHCA NF Survey Committee. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Payment delays announced by CMS
(Medicare providers)

CMS plans to delay payment of Medicare Part B Therapy Claims pending anticipated congressional therapy cap fix. Read More »
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Influenza Update
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Influenza guidance for LTSS providers
(All)

Make sure your influenza tracking documentation meets the new CMS requirements. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Submit National Quality Award application by Feb. 1
(SNF, AL)

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award submission deadline is fast approaching. Here is what you need to know. Read More »

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Resources
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New dementia resource guides for caregivers and family
(All)

Three new resource guides are designed to support providers and family members caring for older adults with dementia. 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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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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Regulatory and Survey
Payment and Reimbursement
Influenza Update
Quality Improvement
Resources
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