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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 27, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Current status of rebase rates for NF and HH
(NF, HH)

IHCA's summary gives members a look at the current status of the recalculation and processing of rebased nursing facility and home health rates. Read More »

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CMS updates Medicare policy manuals impacting SNFs
(SNF/NF)

Some of the technical changes are related to recent regulatory revisions, and other changes containing substantive detail that could impact SNF clinical documentation and billing practices necessary to receive payment for SNF services. Read More »
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CMS posts compliance tips for SNF documentation
(SNF/NF)

The Medicare Learning Network Fact Sheet provides several tips and links to additional information to assist SNF providers in identifying documentation necessary to help prevent denials. Read More »
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CMS issues revised OASIS assessment tool
(HH)

The revised OASIS data set includes standardized assessment items and goals for mobility and self-care (listed as GG items), along with new standardized assessment items for falls. Read More »
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CMS instructs MACs on Rural Add-On adjustment
(HH)

Eligible claims with a “though” date on or after January 1, 2018, that were submitted prior the April 2 will be reprocessed to reflect the 3% add on. The MAC will initiate the adjustments and agencies will not need to take any action. Read More »
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New Medicare beneficiary card mailing begins in April
(All)

New Medicare cards are expected to be mailed to Iowa beneficiaries after June 2018. Make sure your billing system is updated in time! Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS Open Door Forum on IMPACT Act
(HH)

The IMPACT Act of 2014 requires home health agencies and other health care providers to report standardized patient assessment data in an effort to provide better and more affordable care.  Read More »
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Updated OIG Work Plan
(Medicaid providers)

Several new Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) work items are relevant to Medicaid SNF and home health providers. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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New Quality Initiative webinar - register now
(AL, RCF)

The webinar, The NCAL Quality Initiative 2018-2021, on April 10, will provide an overview of the new goal targets and review strategies and resources to help assisted living members achieve the NCAL Quality Initiative goals. 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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Association News
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IHCA members recognized among 100 Great Nurses
(All)

Congratulations to Julie Rossow of Woodward, Madrid Home for the Aging administrator and Briana Hilmer of Denver, atHome with Western Home senior director. Read More »

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Member conference calls - a wealth of information
(All)

Is your organization taking advantage of all the member conference calls offered by IHCA, ICAL and ICHC? It's part of your member benefits, so check out the schedule and make the most of these opportunities! 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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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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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 16, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, 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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