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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 20, 2018
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Workforce
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Workforce Symposium: LTSS hiring and retention issues
(All)

Don't miss our Workforce Symposium to learn successful hiring and retention strategies and how to approach workforce planning issues specifically to meet your organization's needs. Read More »

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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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National News
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AHCA summary of president's FY2019 budget proposal
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

The proposal also includes an array of new program integrity provisions with provider implications. Read More »
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NAHC: Three threats in the President's FY2019 budget
(HH)

According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, in this year’s budget, three specific threats were posed to the home health industry: repeal of the affordable care act, implementation of a unified post-acute care prospective payment system (PAC-PPS), and a shift to the home health groupings model. 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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DHS announces the reopening of MCO choice
(Medicaid providers)

Amerigroup is now at the capacity to begin accepting new IA Health Link members. DHS is ending the temporary suspension of the Managed Care Organization (MCO) choice. Read More »

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Role changes for Community Based Case Manager
(Medicaid providers)

Each member will continue to be assigned to an Amerigroup CBCM; however, the CBCM will no longer be completing an annual level of care assessment. Read More »
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Medicare election of hospice benefits
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

Administrative rules allowing hospice agencies to use the Medicare election of hospice benefits as an alternative to using the election of Medicaid hospice benefits have been implemented. Read More »
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Therapy claims payment methodology
(Medicaid providers)

IHCA's reimbursement consultant offers analysis of the payment methodology DHS is using for therapy claims under Iowa Medicaid and the MCOs. Read More »
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Providing Medicaid outpatient therapy
(SNF)

Here is clarification on provider enrollment and outpatient therapy claims for SNFs providing outpatient therapy to Medicaid beneficiaries.  Read More »
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Marketing
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Cultivate strong AL customer service skills
(AL, RCF)

This guide provides insight into building partnerships between residents, families, staff, and the media to manage risk and avoid litigation. 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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Planning guide for National Skilled Nursing Care Week
(SNF/NF)

Materials for National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW)—formerly National Nursing Home Week—are now available. Administrators - please share this information with your Activity Services staff. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, April 17-18, 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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