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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 16, 2018
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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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Convention 2018 - Rock'n Quality
(All)

Registration is now open for the 2018 IHCA Convention and Trade Show. The event is October 1-3 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. Read More »
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Convention contest and photo submission
(All)

All members are invited to participate in the 2018 Convention contest and to submit photos for the general session video! Here are the details you need to know... Read More »

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PAC golf - Fun and networking you don't want to miss!
(All)

Submit your foursome now for the always entertaining Iowa Health PAC Golf Outing. Also check out the new sponsorship opportunities! Read More »

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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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Regulatory
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SNF QRP & Hospice HQRP: Non-compliance letters
(SNF, Hospice)

Providers should check their CASPER files for an out-of-compliance notice from CMS. Read More »

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Proposed rule ends FLR requirement for rehab therapies
(Medicare providers)

The proposed rule includes significant outpatient therapy regulatory relief beginning January 1, 2019, by discontinuing the functional limitation reporting (FLR) requirement for Medicare Part B rehabilitation therapies. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Authorized representative for MCO appeals
(Medicaid providers)

DHS provides form for providers to obtain written consent from Medicaid members for filing a managed care appeal. Read More »

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FY 2019 NF PPS Pricer Update effective October 1
(SNF/NF)

These rate changes will be effective October 1, 2018. Billing staff should watch for further details from their MAC. Read More »
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Patient-Driven Payment Model webinar recording
(SNF/NF)

The recording of this webinar will be made available to AHCA/NCAL members for FREE at ahcancalEDRead More »

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Workforce
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Workforce webinar series begins July 18
(All)

Workforce issues got you down? Here's a great resource for attacking the problem! Our 3-part webinar series begins next week. Sign up now so you don't miss out. Read More »

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The 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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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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Awards
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Nominate stand-out staff for Excellence Awards
(All)

The 2018 IHCA awards program features the Excellence in Long Term Services and Supports Awards, recognizing some of the people who are outstanding examples of the long term services and supports profession. The deadline for submitting the online nomination form is August 17. Read More »

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Resources
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Cyber liability risks are real: AHCA/NCAL has answers
(NF, AL, RCF)

Don't leave your business be exposed to the threat of data breaches and cyber extortion. AHCA/NCAL offers a resource to help protect members. Read More »

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National News
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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 this Friday, July 20. Read More »

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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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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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LTC Social Services Conference, August 28, West Des Moines
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Reducing Antipsychotics in NFs - Coralville. August 29, Coralville
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Reducing Antipsychotics in NFs - West Des Moines, August 30, West Des Moines
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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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OASIS Blueprint for Accuracy, October 29-30, 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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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Workforce
Quality Improvement
Awards
Resources
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