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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 2, 2018
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Quality and Survey
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Silver award recipients set new achievement record
(NF, AL, RCF)

Congratulations to Iowa's newest Silver Award recipients! IHCA's 32 Bronze and 7 Silver Award recipients are the most for Iowa in each category since the program's inception. Read More »

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CMS proposes changes to Home Health Star Ratings
(HH)

CMS plans to remove the “Drug Education on All Medications Provided to Patient/Caregiver” from the HHQoPC Star Ratings and add the “Improvement in Management of Oral Medications” measure. Read More »
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DIA Survey and Life Safety Survey Results reports
(SNF/NF)

The May Survey Results Committee reports are now available for nursing facility members. Read More »
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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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Regulatory
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CMS update on Payroll-Based Journal
(SNF/NF)

Changes to the Payroll-Based Journal began July 1. Read More »

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GAO visits to skilled nursing facilities
(SNF/NF)

The GAO is conducting research on abuse in nursing homes. Providers are encouraged to participate. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Heightened CMS Medicaid oversight could lead to audits, red tape
(Medicaid providers)

In general, the initiative represents an effort to have a more consistent approach for all states. Read More »

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AHCA submits comments on FY 2019 SNF PPS proposed rule
(SNF)

AHCA submitted two comment letters emphasizing members' key concerns with the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Read More »
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Congress and White House unveil new Medicare benefits for chronically ill
(Medicare providers)

The changes hope to address long-term illnesses that can build on one another that are faced by an increasing number of aging Americans. Read More »
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Iowa's new Medicare cards being mailed
(Medicare providers)

Watch the mail for the new Medicare cards currently being sent in Iowa. Read More »

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IHCA's free webinar recording covers new cost report
(SNF)

The updated Cost Report Form has been released to be used with fiscal years ending in 2019. A recording of IHCA's free member webinar that walked through the form is available for members. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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NCAL brief features 3 states' innovative AL regulatory and quality programs
(AL)

The state and providers can embrace quality measurement and improvement through collaboration for assisted living. Read More »

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Order your NALW products today!
(AL, RCF)

Everyone loves balloons! See what NCAL has available from the NALW products at the AHCA/NCAL online bookstoreRead More »

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Association News
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Iowa Future Leader candidate announced
(NF, AL, RCF)

IHCA ICAL continues it's string of building national leaders in the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders program. Read More »

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Associate Members
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Grab one of our new PAC Golf Preferred Sponsorships
(Business Associate members)

All IHCA member vendors are invited to be a PAC Golf Outing Preferred Sponsor. 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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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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CNA Webinar—Ethics & Professionalism, August 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Webinar
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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), September 11-13, 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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Payment and Reimbursement
Assisted Living
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