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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 6, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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DHS proposed rules would expand care options for special populations
(SNF/NF)

If approved, a proposed rule published for notice in the August 1 Iowa Administrative Bulletin could benefit IHCA members. Read More »
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CMS issues Final SNF Payment Rule - AHCA offers resources
(SNF/NF)

CMS has finalized the payment rule effective October 1. AHCA offers comment to CMS and resources for providers. Read More »
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SNF Consolidated Billing Codes update fixes errors
(SNF/NF)

SNFs have the right to request a refund from providers and suppliers they may have paid separately due to these CMS errors. Read More »

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HHPPS proposed rule issued by CMS
(HH)

See the analysis provided by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice on the CMS 2019 proposed home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) rule. Read More »

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Electronic Visit Verification update from IME & NAHC
(HH)

IME and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice offer their updates on the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) changes. Read More »

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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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NF Analysis: Census, Occupancy & CMI
(SNF/NF)

Updated RUG distribution comparison report, CMI information, and case mix comparison is now available for our members. Read More »
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New IME Call Center hours
(Medicaid providers)

The IME Provider Services Call Center hours changed effective August 1. Read More »
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Regulatory and Survey
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DIA revises TB testing requirements
(SNF/NF, RCF, and AL recommended)

Updated Tuberculosis screening rules for nursing facilities and residential care facilities take effect next month. Assisted living providers are encouraged by ICAL to use these rules as a best practice. Read More »

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CMS update on PBJ Staffing Measures and Five-Star
(SNF/NF)

A large number of IHCA member facilities will see a change in their Nursing Home Compare rating due to updates based on PBJ data from January 1-March 31, 2018.  Read More »

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DIA Survey Results Report available
(SNF/NF)

The July Survey Results Committee reports are now available for nursing facility members. Read More »
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Assisted Living
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NCAL survey to help guide resource development
(AL, RCF)

ICAL assisted living and residential care facility members are asked to help with NCAL's research: take the survey. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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2019 Quality Award applications now available
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Tired of just scraping by on your annual survey? Step up your quality improvement game starting today! Join the 177 IHCA and ICAL members on this quality journey. Read More »

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Recognize staff with an Excellence Award nomination
(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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Understand your cyber liability risks
(All)

Cyber security is a real threat among providers. Learn how AHCA/NCAL endorsed provider, HealthCap, can help your organization navigate your cyber liability risks. Read More »

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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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Having fun is the only requirement - PAC Golf Outing
(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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Make your organization part of convention!
(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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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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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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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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Single Facility Conference, August 15, 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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MDS 3.0 Update, September 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m., webinar
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Assisted Living Managers Annual Conference, September 6, 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 Certificate Program, November 5-9, 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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