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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 21, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Conference will help get your reimbursement on track!
(SNF/NF)

Don't leave Medicare or Medicaid dollars unclaimed. Attend our Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference next week to get help in maximizing your facility's reimbursement. Read More »
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Clarification on implementing electronic visit verification
(SNF/NF, AL RCF, HH)

CMS sheds light on how different provider types are affected by the electronic visit verification implementation. Read More »

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The latest IME letters
(SNF/NF, HH, RCF, ICF/IID)

New prior authorization requirements announced for high-dose opioids. Read More »

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CMS Open Door Forum provides home health updates
(HH)

An overview of recent regulatory developments in home health covered the Quality Star Rating program, consumer assessment of HHCAHPS and claims processing. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Resources on the emergency preparedness core elements
(SNF/NF, HH)

Terrific emergency preparedness resources are collected for you to explore on this TRACIE webpage. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Longer visits linked to lower readmission rates
(HH)

The study makes clear that home health is a critical part of reducing hospital readmissions. Read More »
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Special insight into Trend Tracker for Independent Owners
(SNF/NF, AL)

Learn how independently owned nursing facilities can get the most out of LTC Trend Tracker. Read More »

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Educate staff on reducing elderspeak
(SNF/NF)

Free staff training to help reduce behavioral symptoms in dementia care 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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Scholarships & Awards
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Scholarship application deadline is next week
(All)

The IHCA Foundation Health Care Education Scholarship applications are due by May 31. 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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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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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
Emergency Preparedness
Quality and Survey
Association News
Scholarships & Awards
National News
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