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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 25, 2018
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Workforce
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Member's participation needed in short survey by Wednesday
(All)

IHCA is among the groups working to encourage students and job seekers to enter into the state’s booming health sciences industry. Members are asked to complete a brief survey by Wednesday, June 27 to help us collect information. Your participation is very important to the projects' success! 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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DHS proposes cap on Medicaid dental benefits
(All)

Providers are invited to comment on the DHS proposal to cap annual Medicaid dental benefits. Read More »

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Join IHCA's free webinar to walk through new cost report
(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 on Wednesday that will walk through the form. Read More »

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QR code raising Medicare card questions
(All)

Medicare patients may get a new card with a QR code on the back of the cards. These are legitimate (official) Medicare cards. Read More »
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UHC posts new case manager list
(Medicaid providers)

UHC has updated its list of community based case managers. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Exclusive workshop for Silver and Gold Award applications
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Stop talking about it and get started on your Silver or Gold National Quality Award. Our Application Workshop is just what you need to move your application forward. 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 by Saturday before the Nursing Home Compare is updated. Read More »

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Home health survey trends reports available
(HH)

See the latest in survey trends for home health agencies. Read More »
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CMS launches new data warehouses for providers
(SNF/NF, HH)

While CMS discusses PAC interoperability at length, they do not discuss making interoperability as a new Requirement of Participation as presented as an option in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RFI. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Free resources for health care disaster response
(All)

This website has thought of nearly everything. Start here for updating your disaster preparedness resources. Read More »

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National Assisted Living Week
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NCAL releases the NALW Planning Guide
(AL)

Let the planning begin for National Assisted Living Week, September 9-15! Share these planning resources with your organization's activity professionals!  Read More »

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Association News
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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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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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Workforce
Payment and Reimbursement
Quality and Survey
Emergency Preparedness
National Assisted Living Week
Association News
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