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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 6, 2018
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A record number of National Bronze Awards for Iowa!
(SNF/NF, AL)

Iowa's 32 organizations achieving the AHCA/NCAL National Quality 2018 Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award is the most ever in one year for IHCA and ICAL members! Read More »

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Members' voices heard at 2018 Congressional Briefing
(All)

IHCA staff and members met with Iowa's members of Congress at the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing. Read More »

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Run for an IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Board position
(All)

The 2018-2019 election cycle is open until July 10 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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No smoking policy takes effect July 1
(All)

"Healthy" is our goal for Iowa, starting with the IHCA Office and Education Center. Read More »

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Education
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Trending topics featured at Summer Quarterly, June 20
(All)

Our Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20 in Des Moines, is just around the corner. Get registered now so you don't miss out on these important training topics that will help bring your quality and reimbursement goals in line. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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President signs VA bill that gives Vets more care options
(All)

The VA Mission Act of 2018 authorizes VA provider agreements for extended care providers, including nursing centers and home and community-based services. Read More »
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Regulatory
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New toolkit: RoP Compliance and Ethics Program
(SNF/NF)

An effective compliance and ethics program requires advanced planning to get appropriate staff, training, and policies and procedures in place prior to the November 28, 2019 deadline. Don't put off your planning for Phase 3 implementation. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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IMPACT Act: FAQ call, June 21
(SNF/NF, HH)

CMS representatives will answer providers' questions on quality measures, standardized data elements, the CMS data element library, and future directions of the IMPACT Act. Read More »
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CMS webcast: Changes to Home Health Star Ratings
(HH)

CMS is proposing to remove from the QoPC Star Ratings the measure “Drug Education on All Medications Provided to Patient/Caregiver” and add “Improvement in Management of Oral Medications”. 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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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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Home Health Reimbursement Conference, July 31, 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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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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