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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 1, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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NF rates released by DHS
(SNF/NF)

DHS released the nursing facility quarterly case mix adjusted rates last week and provider letters are expected to be mailed this week. Read More »

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Summary of 2019 SNF PPS proposed rule
(SNF)

CMS issued the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system fiscal year 2019 proposed rule and pre-rule on a possible new payment system. AHCA offers a summary and recorded webinar for members. Read More »
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Update on DIA assisted living door alarm requirements
(AL)

ICAL worked with DIA to define a more tolerable interpretation and identify for ALs choices in how to be compliant with the new interpretation of the rule. Also see the FAQs that offer more clarification. Read More »

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Regulatory and Survey
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Missing MDS discharge submissions could be hurting your 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 Five-Star ratings now include PBJ data
(SNF/NF)

AHCA offers analysis and data on CMS adding PBJ staffing data to its nursing home Five-Star ratings. Read More »

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The latest IME letters

Here are the most recent Information Letters from IME on pharmacy program changes and HCBS Quality Assurance Oversight Reviews. Read More »
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Survey Results reports available
(SNF/NF, AL RCF)

Make the most of these great resources from the IHCA and ICAL Survey Results Committees! 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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SIM Unplugged: Effective Advanced Care Planning - IPOST
(All)

This YouTube video on using IPOST for effective advanced care planning is great resource for our members. Read More »

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Association News
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IHCA Member Survey responses now being collected
(All)

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

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Solicitation for 2018-2019 IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Board candidates
(All)

The 2018-2019 election cycle has officially opened for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members in good standing who are interested in serving on their respective boards. Here is what you need to know... Read More »
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AHCA & NCAL Annual Reports available to members
(NF, AL, RCF)

What have AHCA and NCAL been busy with? See the annual reports released by each. 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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Participate in the Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Study
(SNF/NF)

Your participation in the annual Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Study is important! Read More »

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Scholarships & Awards
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IHCA Foundation scholarship applications due May 31
(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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Activity Services - NALW
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'Capture the Moment' is theme for NALW 2018
(AL, RCF, SH)

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will be celebrated September 9-15, 2018, with the theme Capture the Moment. Please share this information with activity professionals.  Read More »

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National News
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CBO projects strong growth in home health spending
(HH)

The CBO estimates federal spending on home health rising $1.4 billion per year for the next ten years, reaching $32 billion from the current $18 billion in federal spending by 2028. 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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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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