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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 27, 2018
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference
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This conference should not be missed!
(All)

Our Spring Quarterly features education for activity professionals and home health providers, but there is definitely plenty of education for all disciplines! Reserve your rooms at the Des Moines Embassy Suites by Monday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m. to get the IHCA rate. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Webinar introduces new CMS Resident Classification System
(SNF/NF)

Attention administrators, DONs, MDS coordinators and therapy staff. Get a jump start on the new CMS Resident Classification System. Read More »
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CMS launching option for electronic cost report submission
(SNF, HH)

CMS is expected to offer provider education about the new process associated with these changes some time in March or April. Read More »
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UHC HCBS waiver authorization extensions
(HCBS providers)

UHC is extending new members who were previously enrolled with AmeriHealth Caritas’ authorizations beyond February 28, 2018, to align with their service plan year. Read More »
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Medical policies and clinical utilization management guidelines
(Medicaid providers)

Amerigroup announces changes in its medical policies and clinical utilization management guidelines. Read More »
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Home Health
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Two CMS home health open door forums this week
(HH)

Home health providers will want to participate in these two open door forums. Read More »

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New NAHC president named
(HH)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of William A. Dombi as its new president. Read More »
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Assisted Living
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State of Seniors Housing Survey
(AL, RCF, SH)

NCAL needs ICAL members' participation in the 2018 State of Seniors Housing Survey so Iowa can be accurately represented in the State of Seniors Housing report. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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Survey trends reports available
(SNF/NF)

Here's your monthly summary of DIA survey and certification activity in Iowa's nursing facilities. Read More »
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Get your updated info from Trend Tracker
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Your organization's Trend Tracker data has been updated in Your Top-Line!  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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Workforce
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Hiring and employee retention - Focus in!
(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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Activity Services
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Last days to enter for free Spring Quarterly registration
(NF, AL, RCF)

Activity Professionals: Submit your entry for a free registration for the Spring Quarterly Activity Professional Conference by Friday! Read More »

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Brighten up your NSNCW with themed promotional items
(SNF/NF)

National Skilled Nursing Care Week promotional products are now available online. Order yours before they're gone! Read More »

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National News
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Proposed budget keys on Medicare/Medicaid program integrity
(HH, H)

The President’s budget includes a slate of Medicare and Medicaid program integrity proposals certain to affect the home health care community. 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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Resources
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Memory care education resources
(AL)

Take advantage of this discount on exceptional memory care staff training. Read More »

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Anti-bullying resource from NCAL
(All)

NCAL offers providers a free prevention and surveillance resource to help providers better understand bullying behaviors among certain residents in long term service and support settings. Read More »

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Follow CMS on Twitter!
(All)

Messages on Twitter will include updates to rules & regulations, MLN products, notices of upcoming National Provider Calls, new web postings, and more. Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, 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
Spring Quarterly Education Conference
Payment and Reimbursement
Home Health
Assisted Living
Quality and Survey
Workforce
Activity Services
National News
Resources
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