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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 16, 2018
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Regulatory
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Reporting requirements for suspected abuse and neglect
(SNF/NF)

CMS provided clarification on the reporting requirements for suspected abuse and neglect and the submission of the facility’s formal written investigation of the allegation to the State Survey Agency. Read More »

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CMS offers clarification on bed rails
(SNF/NF)

At AHCA's request, CMS provided a document offering clarification on the Requirements of Participation related to the use of bed rails. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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DHS plan for HCBS settings final rule requirements
(HCBS providers)

DHS indicates it will conduct annual reviews of the HCBS Provider Self Assessments to ensure compliance with the new HCBS settings rules. Read More »

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NAHC submits comments on the OASIS-D burden
(HH)

The OASIS-D was being modified to include changes to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The OASIS-D changes were announced in the 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update Rule. Read More »
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Quality and Survey
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Review your latest trend tracker report
(SNF/NF, AL)

This quarter's LTC Trend Tracker Top-Line Publication includes new information explaining how the PBJ and staffing data changes impact their Five-Star rating. Read More »

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Resources to help in your survey prep
(SNF/NF)

Documents used in the new survey process are now available for providers to review and use in preparing for survey. 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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Education
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Cancelled: 2018 LTC Medical Directors and Pharmacists Conference
(SNF/NF)

A decline in enrollment has led to the cancelling of the event. 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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Scholarships & Awards
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May 31 deadline for scholarship applications
(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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National award programs now accepting nominations
(NF, AL, RCF, SL)

The deadline for all AHCA/NCAL awards program nominations is Friday, June 8, 2018. Learn more about ways to recognize your staff and volunteers at the national level. Read More »
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Association News
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Member Survey closes on Friday - respond now!
(All)

Complete our member survey by May 18 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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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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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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CANCELLED: 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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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, online and classroom, starting August 1, ending November 12, 2018
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Mastering the Art of Dementia Care, August 7, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 9, 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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Payment and Reimbursement
Quality and Survey
Education
Scholarships & Awards
Association News
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