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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 17, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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DIA provides a resolution on door alarm requirements
(AL)

DIA has offered a compromise solution for ALP/D programs not wishing to install alarms on general population exit doors. Read More »

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Senior living answers for disasters, infections, and OSHA compliance
(AL, RCF, SH)

Check out this valuable resource for assisted living programs from NCAL. 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 ICF/IID memorandum on survey protocol
(ICF/IID)

CMS has revised the survey protocol in Part 1 of the Appendix J of the SOM for ICDs/IIDs. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS training on provider cost report electronic submission
(SNF/NF, HH)

The new portal will be available beginning May 1 for cost reporting periods ending on or after December 31, 2017. Read More »
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New LTC Trend Tracker SNF VBP Predictor Tool
(SNF/NF)

Data collected for the SNF VBP program will impact reimbursement for skilled nursing care centers beginning October 1, 2018. Use this new tool to plan for future Medicare Part A disbursement, quickly establish benchmarks and set targets to guide performance improvement. Read More »

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Statewide PASRR training planned
(SNF/NF)

Free PASRR training is planned in four Iowa locations during April. Sign up now!
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Letters issued on Medicaid claims and enrollment
(Medicaid providers)

IME recently release two Informational Letters directed at Medicaid providers. Read More »

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Clinical
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Recalled injectable drug products include pain meds
(All)

Premier Pharmacy Labs is notifying its distributors and customers by certified letter and is arranging for return/replacement of all recalled products. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Quality Initiative webinars
(SNF, AL)

Check out this line up of free webinars to start your organization toward the new AHCA/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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Workforce
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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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Association News
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Governor signs bill supporting association health plans
(All)

IHCA is exploring development of an employee health plan offering for member organizations to assist with staff retention and recruitment. Read More »
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AHCA and NCAL solicitation for board position candidates
(SNF/NF)

The 2018-2019 election cycle has officially opened for AHCA and NCAL members in good standing interested in running for an AHCA or NCAL Board of Directors position. Make sure Iowa is represented - consider running for an national board position. 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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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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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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Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference, May 31, 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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