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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees July 23, 2018
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Regulatory
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SNFs providing nursing coverage for ALs
(SNF/NF, AL)

DIA cautions that providers must always ensure that the nursing facility has adequate staff before responding to needs in the assisted living program. 
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HCBS settings: DHS review and inquiries
(AL, RCF)

DHS is beginning to follow up with providers regarding the new HCBS Waiver provider regulations. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS proposes changes to HHVBP Model
(HH)

CMS has proposed several policy changes that impact home health agencies. One key change is for the home health value based purchasing model. Read More »
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Summary of CMS forum on HH Payment Rule
(HH)

The CMS ODF call covered a number of provisions and matters of interest to home health providers. Read More »
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New Home Health Agency PEPPER available
(HH)

The Q4CY17 PEPPER for home health agencies has been released. A webinar is being held on July 25 to review the reports. Read More »

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Workforce
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Register now for health sciences employer focus groups
(All)

IHCA member providers of all types are encouraged to participate in workforce focus groups being held statewide. IHCA is one of the partners supporting this project. Read More »

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Nominate stand-out staff for the 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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15 IHCA Foundation scholarship recipients named!
(All)

Scholarships will help 15 member employees pursue degrees in health care. Read More »

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Association News
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Staff will be out of the office for Board retreat
(All)

The IHCA Office will be closed during the Board retreat on Thursday and Friday. Read More »

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How do you like to receive IHCA news? Let us know!
(All)

Please complete our members' communications survey by July 31. Read More »

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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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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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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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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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Resources
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Free webinar on dysphagia best practice
(SNF/NF)

This FREE webinar introduces a new best practice of a global standard used for individuals of all ages with dysphagia. Read More »

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LGBTQ Senior Summit on August 4
(All)

The 4th annual event offers workshops and networking opportunities to address the needs of older LGBTQ people in Iowa. Older LGBTQ Iowans and professionals who work with them are encouraged to attend. Read More »
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Great free resources available
(All)

Telligen, TRACIE and the Administration for Community Living have upcoming webinars and other resources that will be of interest to our members. 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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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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Workforce Management Series: Keeping the Staff You Have, September 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar
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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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