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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 20, 2018
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference
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Great travel weather in sight for Spring Quarterly
(All)

Don't miss the great education at the Spring Quarterly Education Conference and an opportunity to visit with your state legislator. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Assisted Living Quality Initiative: The next phase
(AL, RCF)

For the next three years, the Quality Initiative for Assisted Living aims to continue enhancing communities’ organizational success and resident outcomes. Learn about resources available to help your program succeed! Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Home health cost report changes, including electronic signature checkbox
(HH)

Updates to Home Health Agency Cost Report, Form CMS-1728-94, add a checkbox allowing providers to elect and sign the Certification and Settlement Summary page of the Medicare cost report using an electronic signature. Read More »

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MedPAC calls for home health rate cut
(HH)

The MedPAC rate cut recommendation does not come as a surprise to NAHC and rarely reflects accurately of actions taken by Congress. Read More »

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Amerigroup offers insight into guidelines switch
(Medicaid providers)

Due to Anthem’s switch to Milliman, Amerigroup will not use InterQual guidelines for reviewing prior authorization requests for home health care and outpatient rehabilitation services. 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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MedPAC March 2018 payment report
(SNF)

Congress and CMS consider MedPAC's fiscal year recommendations, but are not required to act upon them. 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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LTC Medical Directors, Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference, June 1-2, 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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