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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 13, 2018
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Quality and Survey
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The next phase of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Building on the progress of the profession over the last six years, the Quality Initiative will challenge member providers to achieve ambitious targets in key areas by March 2021. Read More »
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OIG reports on vulnerability of recertification survey lists
(HH)

The OIG report found that home health agency-supplied patient lists were missing Medicare beneficiaries, allowing them to be excluded from surveyor reviews. Read More »

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Gero Nursing Prep course now on sale!
(All)

Save $100 off the cost of the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course and help improve your RNs' gerontological nursing knowledge. 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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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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Payment and Reimbursement
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Part B therapy rates update, fees posted
(Medicare providers)

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes provisions positively impacting payment rates for Iowa providers for Medicare Part B procedures. Read More »

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Update on new MCO selection process
(Medicaid providers)

DHS has received two managed care organization bid proposals. Read More »

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Payroll Based Journal updates
(SNF/NF)

CMS has released the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data for the first, second, and third quarters of calendar year 2017 and is conducting audits of PBJ data. Read More »

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SNF VBP: Feedback Reports corrections due March 31
(SNF)

Providers have until March 31 to review their CMS Quarterly Confidential Feedback reports, identify any issues related to their SNF Readmission Measure rates and request corrections. 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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CMS slows pace for Resident Classification System
(SNF/NF)

CMS does not have a RCS proposed policy at this point, sense of when they might have a proposal, or a timeline for implementation. Read More »
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Resources
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Host the Everyone with Diabetes Counts class
(All)

Take this opportunity offered by Telligen to provide free diabetes self-management education in your community. 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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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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SNF Medicare Review, May 9, 2018, 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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