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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 8, 2018
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Life & Fire Safety
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Updates in surge protector policy
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

Iowa's new health care surge protector policy has a couple changes you should know about. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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IHCA meets with DHS to address payment concerns
(All)

A number of issues were addressed that are of concern to our nursing facilities, home health and assisted living member providers. Read More »

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IHCA meets with IME on new NF cost report
(SNF/NF)

The final version is not expected before the end of June; however, a draft version is available for providers' review. Read More »
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New from IME
(HCBS providers)

IME plans to complete HCBS Waiver and Habilitation services assessments at the next annual member service plan renewal date. Read More »
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CMS guidance on new Medicare Advantage plan benefits
(HH)

The Medicare Advantage plans will be permitted to provide more targeted benefits to certain enrollees beginning in 2019. Read More »
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AHCA/NCAL comments to protect members' interests
(SNF/NF)

CMS is completing refinements to proposed measures in the FY 2020 SNF PPS payment rulemaking. AHCA submitted comments. Read More »

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Iowa Medicaid e-News
(Medicaid providers)

Subscribe to the Iowa Medicaid e-News publication. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Join the Leadership Academy success story!
(All)

IHCA's Leadership Academy is now accepting enrollees for it's next session. The program is designed to help leaders and their organizations achieve excellence. This program is offered exclusively for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members.
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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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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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Association News
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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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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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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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Resources
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2017 Profile of Older Americans - What does it tell us?
(All)

The Older Americans Profile is a useful statistical summary and resource on the changing demographics of the population age 65 and over. Read More »

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Geriatric Lecture Series
(All)

This free series is of particular value and importance to health practitioners who work with older adults. 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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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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LTC Dietary Conference, June 26, 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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Life & Fire Safety
Payment and Reimbursement
Quality Improvement
Scholarships & Awards
Association News
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