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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 9, 2018
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Regulatory
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CMS updates Legionella risk reduction requirements

CMS has released revised guidance that clarifies expectations for providers, accrediting organizations, and surveyors on requirements to reduce Legionella risk in health care center's water systems. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Concerns remain with CMS Home Health Proposed Rule
(HH)

The draft rule contains important proposals including the home infusion therapy benefit and claims processing standard improvements for reviewing Medicare benefit eligibility. Read More »

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CMS ODF on key home health and hospice issues
(HH, H)

Reimbursement and survey will be discussed as part of the Open Door Forum on Wednesday. Read More »
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IHCA participates in managed care work group
(Medicaid providers)

The Process Improvement Working Group gives an in-depth review of the current Medicaid processes and works together to provide solutions.  Read More »

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ER visits and emergency diagnosis codes
(Medicaid providers)

The letter outlines the steps to include when submitting a claim for an emergent service. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Workshop for Silver and Gold Award applications
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

With 32 Bronze and 7 Silver recipients this year, let's keep the momentum going! Get started on your Silver or Gold National Quality Award at our Silver and Gold Award Application WorkshopRead More »

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Take the 2018 Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Survey
(HH, H)

Data reported include salary, hourly and per visit rates. The results also include 19 fringe benefits, turnover rates, shift differentials, productivity data and more! ICHC encourages its members to complete the survey. Read More »

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National Assisted Living Week
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NALW 2018 media toolkit available
(AL, RCF)

The NALW Media Toolkit has great resources that include tips and tools to help spread the word about the celebration at your assisted living program. Read More »

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Convention and Trade Show
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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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Early bird rate deadline looms for national convention
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Don't put off registering for the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo any longer. The early bird discounted rate is only good until July 20. 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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Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Quality Improvement
National Assisted Living Week
Convention and Trade Show
National News
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