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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 18, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Update on retroactive Medicaid coverage
(SNF)

DHS will begin taking steps to restore 90-day retroactive coverage for Iowa Medicaid skilled nursing facility benefits. Read More »
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Cost Report update released; training webinar planned
(SNF)

The updated Cost Report Form has been released to be used with fiscal years ending in 2019. Plan to participate in IHCA's free member webinar that will walk through the form. Read More »

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CMS updates PDPM tools to correct errors
(SNF)

CMS has updated several Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) tools to correct errors. Read More »
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CMS provides new guidance for CERT reviews
(HH)

The guidance instructs MACs on actions they may take when the CERT contractors have identified providers who have not responded to ADRs or need to submit more documentation. Read More »

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Regulatory
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AHCA responds to regulatory concerns from state AGs
(SNF/NF)

AHCA points out that the AG complaints are based on outdated facts and ignore the purpose of the regulatory changes, which is to improve the lives of SNF residents. Read More »
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ACA program integrity requirements for practitioners
(Medicaid providers)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires physicians or other eligible practitioners to enroll in the Medicaid program to order, prescribe, refer or recommend items or services for Medicaid beneficiaries; even when they do not submit claims to Medicaid. Read More »
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LPN rule changes effective June 13
(SNF/NF)

Changes have been made in relation to the new curriculum for the Supervisory Course for Iowa's Licensed Practical Nurses. Read More »

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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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Review your SNF Provider Review Report by June 30
(SNF)

Review your data before Nursing Home Compare is updated. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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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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Association News
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Limited Trade Show booths and sponsorships remain

JUST A FEW BOOTHS REMAIN! Associate members need to act now if they want a booth at the IHCA Trade Show or sponsorship at the IHCA Convention in October. See the brochure and contact Megan for more information. Read More »

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No smoking policy takes affect July 1
(All)

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

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AHCA/NCAL convention offers 20+ learning tracks
(SNF/NF, AL RCF)

With over 20 different tracks of learning, attendees are sure to get exactly what they need and will walk away with specific strategies to implement immediately. 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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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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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Des Moines
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LTC Dietary Conference, June 26, West Des Moines
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NW District Meeting & Education, July 10, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
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NE District Meeting & Education, July 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Meeting & Education, July 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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Workforce Management - webinar, July 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
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SW District Meeting & Education, July 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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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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Bronze Award Application Workshop, August 14, West Des Moines
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2018 IHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 30-October 3, 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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