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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 6, 2018
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Quality and Survey
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The most frequently cited F-tag and how you can fix it
(SNF/NF)

Since November 2017, more than one-third of surveys conducted nationwide have included a citation for F-880 Infection Prevention & Control.  Read More »

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Five-Star survey rating methodology change
(SNF/NF)

In the updated methodology, CMS will use the most recent two survey cycles in calculating the survey rating. Read More »
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Free tool to assist with NFs' Antibiotic Stewardship Program
(SNF/NF)

This toolkit can help providers reduce unnecessary prescribing for the three infections where antibiotics are most frequently prescribed in nursing homes 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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IME collecting identified outstanding overpayments
(Medicaid providers)

IME outlines the steps in the collection of identified outstanding overpayments that include turning the collection over to the Program Integrity Unit and suspending the provider from Medicaid participation. Read More »

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CMS hosting Low Volume Settlement call on March 13
(Medicare providers)

Before time runs out—Providers are encouraged to examine this as a potential option for appeals resolution. Read More »
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Webinar on 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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The latest IME letters
(Medicaid providers)

Here are the most recent Information Letters from IME on pharmacy program changes, emergent medical condition coverage and blood glucose monitor billing. 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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Home Health
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Summary of latest CMS open door forum
(HH, H)

Here's a summary of the February 28 open door forum for home care and hospice. Read More »

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ICHC Chair participates in NAHC 2.0 strategic planning
(HH, H)

The goal of this project is to design and develop the next generation of NAHC. Learn more about the progress being made. Read More »

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Workforce
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Symposium on workforce set for Thursday
(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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Spring Quarterly Education Conference
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Something for everyone - especially home health and activities
(All)

Our Spring Quarterly features education for activity professionals and home health providers, but there is definitely plenty of education for all disciplines!  Read More »

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Resources
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Share KEPRO's free patient navigation program
(All)

KEPRO’s free Patient Navigation program can help people with Medicare be a partner in and take control of their own health. Read More »

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Resources from the OSLTCO
(All)

Both providers and family members can benefit from these resources shared by the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman. Read More »

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National News
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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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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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Quality and Survey
Payment and Reimbursement
Assisted Living
Home Health
Workforce
Spring Quarterly Education Conference
Resources
National News
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