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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 3, 2018
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Legislative News
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IHCA-backed POA abuse bill awaits Governor's signature
(All)

The bill automatically terminates a power of attorney for anyone with a founded dependent adult abuse case by DHS or a criminal conviction of dependent adult abuse, including financial exploitation. Read More »
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Regulatory and Survey
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802 Form vs. Matrix for Providers
(SNF/NF)

DIA provides guidance regarding the use of the discontinued 802 Form. Read More »

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Survey trend reports available
(SNF/NF, HH)

See what DIA is focusing on in its recent survey and certification activity. Read More »

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Policy briefs on HCBS settings rule
(AL)

Each brief provides background, available guidance from CMS, and examples of CMS-approved strategies to comply with the rule from states with approved transition plans. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS issues changes to SNF ABN
(SNF)

SNFs must use the revised SNF ABN to inform beneficiaries of their potential liability for Part A items or services that may be denied effective April 30, 2018. Read More »
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Updated Part B therapy claims processing instructions
(SNF)

The reprocessing of CY 2018 Medicare Part B claims will positively impact affected SNF providers. Read More »

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Statewide PASRR training planned
(NF)

Free PASRR training is planned in four Iowa locations during April. Sign up now!
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Amerigroup Iowa provider workshops scheduled
(Medicaid providers)

The Amerigroup Iowa Provider Solutions Team is conducting provider workshops around the state during the month of April. Read More »
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Low volume appeals initiative extended to June
(Medicare providers)

Appellants with either an odd or an even NPI, which meet the eligibility criteria, should submit an EOI between April 12, 2018 and June 8, 2018. Read More »
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Scammers already targeting new Medicare cards
(All)

The FTC warns beneficiaries to be aware of scammers contacting the elderly about the new Medicare cards and seeking critical personalized information. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Quality Initiative webinars
(SNF, AL)

AHCA/NCAL has quite a line up of free webinars to start your organization toward the new Quality Initiatives goals. Read More »

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Association News
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Webinar: Thinking about an AHCA or NCAL Board position?
(NF, AL, RCF)

Here's what you need to know if you are considering running for the AHCA Board of Governors or NCAL Board of Directors. Read More »
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Activity Services
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NSNCW is just about 5 weeks away
(SNF/NF)

Place your orders online now for promotional items including: t-shirts, posters, buttons, door clings and balloons and more! 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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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 REGISTRATION CLOSED
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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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Payment and Reimbursement
Quality Improvement
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