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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 14, 2018
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National News
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Congress permanently repeals Part B Therapy Caps
(All)

The budget deal pasted by Congress last week included a permanent repeal of the Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps. Read More »

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NAHC webinar: Impact of the New Budget on Home Care and Hospice
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ICHC members are invited to join NAHC on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Central for a discussion on the result of legislation signed into law by President Trump last week and how it will impact home health and hospice. Read More »

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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
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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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Advocacy
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Your voice will be heard at IHCA's Day on the Hill - Register now!
(All)

Our state legislators need to hear your voice! 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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Updated Medicare beneficiary notice requirements
(SNF)

IHCA's Reimbursement Consultant, Jim Wilkes, with BCG Data, offers additional information on the recent CMS update of the SNF ABN Notice.  Read More »
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Medically exempt application clarification
(Medicaid providers)

IME letter clarifies the completion and submission of the Medically Exempt Member Survey and the Medically Exempt Attestation and Referral Form. Read More »
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Final FY 2018 Fair Market Rents
(AL)

The 2018 estimates Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for Iowa and across the country are now available. Read More »

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Managed Care
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Health plans bidding on Iowa managed care contract
(Medicaid providers)

Two health insurers are considering a bid for the Iowa Medicaid managed care contract. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Assisted living regulatory resources
(AL)

Are you missing out on valuable resources that are available through your ICAL and NCAL memberships? Read More »

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Influenza Update
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Antiviral for influenza treatment and prophylaxis
(All)

Antiviral prophylaxis is recommended when an influenza outbreak is occurring among high risk individuals in an institutional setting, such as a long term care facility. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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Dementia care practice recommendations
(All)

Keep high quality dementia care a priority with these 10 articles that cover the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations Read More »

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Workforce
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Connecting with new SNF and DON leaders
(SNF/NF)

IHCA is committed to helping new SNF leaders and DONs be well equipped to meet the challenges of the profession. Learn how we can help... Read More »

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A successful new approach to training and hiring CNAs
(All)

Learn about the success an IHCA member has had with using CNAonline.com’s blended approach for CNA 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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Education Calendar
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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 Regulatory Nurse Class, April 12, 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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In This Issue
National News
Advocacy
Payment and Reimbursement
Managed Care
Regulatory
Influenza Update
Quality and Survey
Workforce
Dining Services
Activity Services
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