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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 13, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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SNFs should check on newly posted CASPER reports
(SNF)

Skilled nursing facilities should view their SNF VBP Performance Score Reports now available in CASPER. Read More »

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DHS replacing Medicaid application form

Use the new form beginning December 1 to ensure the quick processing of Medicaid applications. Read More »

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Assistive devices and durable medical equipment guidance
(HH)

ICHC received some guidance from DIA on the surveying of DME for licensed home health agencies. Read More »

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HHPPS generates additional questions for CMS
(HH)

CMS issued its calendar year (CY) 2019 proposed home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) rule on Monday, July 2, 2018. CMS is seeking feedback on two Requests for Information (RFIs). Read More »
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Be ready for SC modifier changes
(Medicaid providers)

Changes to the "SC" modifier are coming September 1, 2018. To ensure accurate payment for Medicaid members who also have Medicare (primary) coverage, be sure to follow the guidance outlined in the letter. Read More »

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UHC has new LINK application for submitting claims
(HH)

United Healthcare launches new provider portal for home health agencies.
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CMS issues Medicare Shared Savings ACO proposed rule
(SNF/NF)

AHCA provides insight and and an explanation of key provisions of the proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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Webinar to introduce AL cost calculator
(AL)

NCAL's new, free member benefit will help assisted living providers put costs behind the care they provide. Register now and plan to participate in the introductory webinar on Wednesday, August 15. Read More »

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Assisted Living Management Certification renewal reminder
(AL)

Don't get caught short on CEUs to renew your Assisted Living Manager Certification! Get your 20 CEUs done with the help of these educations... Read More »

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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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Home Health
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The 2018 State of Connectivity survey
(HH)

ICHC members are asked to participate in this survey and corresponding in-depth interviews for a comprehensive industry-specific educational report exploring the use of technology enabled health information exchange. Read More »
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ECSI Group Purchasing
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ECSI announces new preferred vendor: Teladoc
(All)

Have a doctor on call at all times with our new ECSI preferred vendor, Teladoc. Learn how this service can meet the needs of your residents, tenants and employees. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Top-Line publication is now available
(SNF/NF, AL)

The latest Trend Tracker reports are available to view and and analyze,  Read More »

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Informational webinars on AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use
(SNF/NF)

A free, 12-month program will help skilled nursing facilities improve antibiotic prescribing. Read More »
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DIA Survey Results Report available
(AL)

The 2nd quarter 2018 Assisted Living Survey Report from the ICAL Survey Results Sub-Committee are now available on the IHCA website. Read More »
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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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IHCA Excellence Awards
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Deadline Friday for IHCA Excellence Award nominations
(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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Workforce
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Nurse turnover rates declined according to survey
(All)

HCS released information from 2018-2019 from Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report. Home health providers can still participate in their survey. Read More »

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Association News
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IHCA, ICAL and ICHC annual meeting and elections
(All)

Watch your inbox for voting instructions for the upcoming board elections. Read More »

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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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Keynote speakers to inspire and motivate
(All)

The Convention and Education Committee has pulled out all the stops to present three fantastic keynote speakers for the IHCA Convention and Trade Show general sessions! 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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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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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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Payment and Reimbursement
Assisted Living
Home Health
ECSI Group Purchasing
Quality and Survey
IHCA Excellence Awards
Workforce
Association News
IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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