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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 24, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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Are missing MDS discharge submissions hurting your Five-Star rating?
(SNF)

See the resources and analysis available from AHCA and IHCA to make sure your PBJ data is accurate. Read More »

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CMS update on PBJ Staffing Measures and Five-Star
(SNF)

Here's a summary of the CMS memo, Transition to Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Staffing Measures on the Nursing Home Compare tool on Medicare.gov and the Five-Star Quality Rating SystemRead More »

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Iowa's medical cannabidiol rules and resources
(All)

Iowa has resources now available that provide information for health care practitioners, patients, and primary caregivers on the use of cannabidiol in Iowa. Read More »
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Updated OIG work plan
(SNF/NF)

OIG plans to work on Medicaid nursing home supplemental payments and issue a report next year. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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IHCA responds to proposed Medicaid fraud expansion
(All)

IHCA has submitted a comment letter to the Department of Inspections and Appeals opposing MFCU’s overreach. Read More »

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CMS clarifies SNF ambulance transportation billing
(SNF)

CMS clarifies coverage of an ambulance transport for a SNF resident in a stay not covered by Part A, but who has Part B benefits. Read More »

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IME letter on ER visits and emergency diagnosis codes
(Medicaid providers)

This letter clarifies diagnosis codes and process descriptions for fee-for-service and managed care claims. Read More »
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NF Analysis: Census, Occupancy & CMI
(SNF/NF)

Updated RUG distribution comparison report, CMI information, and case mix comparison is now available for our members. Also - learn how you can make the most of available reimbursement by attending the upcoming Nursing Facility Reimbursement ConferenceRead More »

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New OASIS FAQ posted
(HH)

These FAQs address changes to the one clinician rule, the regulation change that permits a timely ROC date to be based on a physician’s order, and several other issues. Read More »
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Guidance on penalty period start date for 1915(c) waiver
(AL, HH)

While IHCA has not heard of any Iowa provider members with concerns, this revised guidance will be of help to those who are working with a Medicaid applicant seeking eligibility for home and community-based services (HCBS) delivered under a 1915(c) waiver. Read More »
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CMS training on 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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Association News
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New workforce newsletter launched
(All)

IHCA's new quarterly publication includes the latest in news and resources for recruitment, retaining and training staff in all disciplines at your organization. Read More »
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IHCA Member Survey coming your way
(All)

Complete our member survey to offer feedback on your IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member experience. Read More »

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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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NCAL Awards Program nominations now open
(AL, RCF, SH)

Here's a great opportunity to recognize those who demonstrate outstanding service! 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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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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National News
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U.S. home health market saturation falls, but hospice on the rise
(HH, H)

CMS trend analysis and market saturation and utilization tool provides information and metrics on various health care services, including home health and hospice. Read More »

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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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Activity Professionals Workshop, June 14, Des Moines (See corrected date)
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, 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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