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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 9, 2018
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IHCA Foundation scholarship application now online
(All)

The IHCA Foundation Health Care Education Scholarship application is now available online. The scholarships are open to employees at IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organizations who are working toward nursing, healthcare administration or PT/OT degrees. Administrators and DONs: Please share this information with staff. Read More »

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AHCA's Awards Program - A nice pat on the back

Who at your organization deserves recognition for a job well done? Check out the 2018 AHCA Awards Program. Read More »

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Register now for AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Join colleagues from around the country for unbeatable networking, spectacular speakers, on-target education sessions, and a show-stopping Expo Hall filled with solutions to your toughest challenges - all in sunny, southern California! Read More »

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2018-2019 AHCA elections and solicitation for candidates
(SNF/NF)

The upcoming AHCA elections are for three officer positions (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer), one Not-for-Profit Representative, one Multi-Facility Representative and three At-Large Representatives. Make sure Iowa is represented - consider running for an AHCA board position. Read More »

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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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Regulatory and Survey
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Nurses board changing LPN supervisory requirement
(SNF/NF)

The Iowa Board of Nursing has proposed a new rule-making action regarding the LPN Supervisory Course under ARC 3660C. Read More »
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CMS S&C Memo - Future infection prevention training
(SNF/NF)

Providers are encouraged to act now on infection prevention specialist training available through AHCA. Read More »

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CMS issues kitchen exhaust inspection and citation guidance
(SNF/NF)

CMS Region 7 has provided guidance to fire and life safety inspectors for kitchen exhaust inspection timeframes and what inspectors will cite. Read More »
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Home health regulatory and legal issue trends
(HH)

ICHC home care provider members are encouraged to participate in the free webinar, Legal Update on Private Duty, on Thursday. Read More »
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PBJ Heads Up Report
(SNF/NF)

IHCA analyzed the Iowa data and created a PBJ Heads Up Report that our members can use to more easily review their center's data. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS issues provider enrollment updates and rural add-on tables
(HH)

CMS issues updates on two important topics for home care providers. Read More »
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Client participation for UHC HCBS waiver members
(HCBS providers)

UnitedHealthcare has an educational bulletin available on how client participation is applied for members. Read More »
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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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AHCA BPCI-Advanced webpage available
(SNF/NF)

AHCA's new resource includes links to a BPCI-Advanced Playbook and a webinar on BPCI-Advanced. 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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Emergency Preparedness
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Community Safety and Awareness training
(All)

Businesses, schools and churches will benefit from this free training on several topics including active shooter/armed intruder, bomb threats, suspicious packages, and white powder incidents. 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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Resources
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Protecting your tax-exempt status
(NF, AL, RCF)

Learn about strategies non-profit providers can adopt to protect their tax-exempt status. 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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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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NW District Meeting & Education, May 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
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SNF Medicare Review, May 9, 2018, West Des Moines
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NE District Meeting & Education, May 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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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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SE District Meeting & Education, May 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, May 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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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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