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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 30, 2018
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Regulatory
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Your input needed on DPS background checks
(All)

Discussions have centered on developing a priority-based system, where providers pay an increased processing fee to help reduce response time. Tell us what you think. Read More »

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What NFs need to know about the PBJ Q3 data
(SNF/NF)

The Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data for the third quarter of the calendar year 2017 has been released by CMS. Read More »

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CMS issues policy clarification and updates to covered supplies
(HH)

CMS has issued new communications to its contractors that impact home health and hospice agencies. Read More »
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QRP submission deadline reminder
(SNF)

The Skilled Nursing Facility QRP deadline has been extended to May 15, 2018, for CY 2018 data. Read More »

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Creating your record retention policies
(All)

Here's some guidance for establishing your organization's record retention policies and procedures. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Good news! LUPA rate recalculation
(HH)

Our efforts paid off! DHS recalculated the rebased rates for July 1, 2017.  Read More »

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Results of program integrity reviews
(Medicaid providers)

The total amount of overpayment for the review will be based on the entire claim universe for the provider, rather than just the actual claims reviewed.  Read More »
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IME provides SoS differential update
(Medicaid providers)

The SoS differentials are being updated to reflect the CY 2018 Medicare differential percentages for applicable CPT/HCPCS codes. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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Assisted Living Survey Trends report available
(AL)

What is DIA focusing on in assisted living survey? See our 4th Quarter Survey Trends report to find out. 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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Advocacy
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IHCA Day on the Hill - make your reservation
(All)

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the IHCA Day on the Hill, February 21. Make your reservation now! Read More »

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CNA Training
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IHCA's work with agencies improves access to CNA instructors
(All)

IHCA received great news about the requirements for instructors for nurse aide training. Read More »

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Dining Services
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Survey hot topics with food, nutrition and dining
(SNF/NF)

Dining professionals will want to take advantage of this free webinar on the new RoPs related to food,nutrition and dining. Read More »

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Activity Services
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Win a free Spring Quarterly Education registration
(NF, AL, RCF)

Submit your entry for a free registration for an Activity Professional by March 2. Read More »

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National News
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RAISE Family Caregivers Act signed into law
(All)

The law will implement the federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s bipartisan recommendation that Congress require the development of a strategy to support family caregivers. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL supports waiving 3-day stay requirement
(SNF/NF)

AHCA/NCAL supports eliminating the three-day stay requirement and solving the related issue of observation stays. 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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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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Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, March 22, West Des Moines
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2018 Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 27-28, West Des Moines
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The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 4-5, 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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