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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 29, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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DHS takes next step in adding new MCO
(Medicaid providers)

The State's MCO selection process is moving forward. Read More »

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The latest IME letters
(HH)

Procedures are changing beginning July 1, 2018, for home health providers that use these HCBS claim forms. Read More »

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Standards for spousal impoverishment updated
(Medicaid providers)

CMS has released the 2018 Medicaid spousal impoverishment standards. Read More »

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Walk-ins welcome at Reimbursement Conference on Thursday
(SNF/NF)

We've moved the Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference to Noah's Event Center in West Des Moines to accommodate all members who want to attend. This conference will help facility leadership learn how to ensure their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement is being maximized. Read More »

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Prepare for the new payment model
(SNF/NF)

The new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Tool Kit will be launched at AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention in October. Don't miss out on this intensive training available for convention attendees. Read More »
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Life & Fire Safety
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Use of electronic cigarettes in nursing facilities
(SNF/NF)

DIA reviews the responsibility of facilities regarding electronic cigarettes. In light of the risks and accidents associated with them, federal organizations remind facilities to ensure they are overseeing the use of e-cigarettes and providing supervision to maintain an accident-free environment. Read More »

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CMS Region 7 offers LSC compliance tips
(SNF/NF)

This CMS document covers important ground in life and fire safety. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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DIA shares clostridium difficile infection prevention resources
(SNF/NF, adaptable for all)

DIA is among the state survey agencies distributing an infection prevention and control resource list including CDI prevention tools compiled with support from CDC and CMS. Providers will want to review and use these tools. 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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Association News
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Marian Home rallys around its administrator
(All)

When the going gets tough—Halverson Tough gets going! 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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Scholarships & Awards
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Thursday deadline for Foundation Scholarships
(All)

The IHCA Foundation Health Care Education Scholarship applications are due by Thursday, May 31. There is scholarship money available for 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 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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Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference, May 31, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Workshop, June 14, Des Moines
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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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Workforce Management - webinar, July 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, online and classroom, starting August 1, ending November 12, 2018
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LTC Quality Symposium, August 2, West Des Moines
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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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