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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 7, 2018
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Advocacy
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IHCA Day on the Hill, February 21 - Register now!
(All)

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

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Payment and Reimbursement
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LUPA rate rebase finalized
(HH)

IME released the rate sheet for the LUPA rebase effective July 1, 2017. Read More »

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Details on CMS Low Volume Appeals settlement
(SNF, HH)

A second provider call with an opportunity for questions and answers will be held February 13, 2018, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Central time. Read More »

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Newly revised SNFABN released by CMS
(SNF)

The revised SNFABN is accompanied by newly developed, concise and separate instructions for form completion. Read More »
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Managed Care
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IA Health Link members to regain choice
(Medicaid providers)

Amerigroup Iowa notified DHS that they have capacity to begin accepting new IA Health Link members. Read More »

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LTC admission process clarifications
(Medicaid providers)

Make sure you aren't missing steps in the admission or prior authorization processes. Read More »

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Out-of-network reimbursement for managed care claims
(Medicaid providers)

IME provides an update on claim submission and payment of out-of-network services provided to Iowa Medicaid MCO-enrolled members. Read More »

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Regulatory
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What are your thoughts on priority background checks?
(All)

IHCA is discussing with IPS the development of 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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PBJ deadline approaching - February 14
(SNF)

Be sure 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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DIA clarification on bed side rail gap remedies
(SNF/NF)

DIA responds to IHCA's question on bed rail gap solutions. Read More »

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Where to send non-involuntary discharge logs
(NF)

There has been a change in where nursing facilities' monthly non-involuntary discharge logs should be sent. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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AHCA announces new CoreQ web resource
(NF, AL, RCF)

You'll find great resources on a new website to help long term and post-acute care providers administer CoreQ.  Read More »

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Home health quality updates
(HH)

Here are details and webinar information on a Home Health and Correct Report correction. Read More »

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RCF Survey Trends report available
(RCF)

What is DIA focusing on in residential care facility surveys? 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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Influenza Update
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CDC clinician call: Influenza season update for clinicians
(All)

CDC's Clinician Outreach Call will address clinical issues for influenza patients, including those with severe disease, and provide the latest updates on the 2017-2018 influenza season. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Refining your Emergency Preparedness Plan
(All)

Learn valuable lessons from other states' providers who recently evacuated facilities during natural disaster events.  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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GAO report on Medicaid in assisted living
(AL)

The report acknowledges CMS’ progress to improve oversight of beneficiaries receiving HCBS waiver services, but concludes that more needs to be done. Read More »
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National article on antipsychotic use
(SNF/NF)

AHCA responds to AP story on antipsychotic use in nursing facilities. Read More »
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VA and CMS partnership on fraud, waste and abuse
(All)

The VA and CMS will share data, data analytics tools and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. 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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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 Certificate Program, April 9-13, 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
Managed Care
Regulatory
Quality and Survey
Influenza Update
Emergency Preparedness
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