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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 20, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS update: Medicare SNF payment system & hospice rates
(SNF, H)

AHCA provides a summary of a recent CMS Medicaid update that highlighted upcoming changes that may impact nursing facilities. Read More »

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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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CMS Home Health QRP webinars on OASIS-D implementation
(HH)

Be sure to take advantage of these OASIS-D implementation resources now available. Read More »

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CMS issues second comment period on OASIS-D
(HH)

The second PRA notice is another opportunity for public comments on CMS’ burden estimate to implement the OASIS-D. Comments are due September 12. Read More »

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New from IME
(All)

Informational Letters released by IME affect each of our member provider types.
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Assisted Living
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ALMC 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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Clinical
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Patient testing for Legionellosis
(All)

Legionnaires’ disease kills one in four of those who get it from a healthcare facility. Be sure your organization is following recommendations to identify cases and potential sources of infection. Read More »

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Infection prevention wins - Tell your story
(SNF/NF)

Telligen is looking for success stories from providers with any recent infection prevention wins to share. Read More »
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Free webinar on dysphagia best practice on Wednesday
(SNF/NF)

Wednesday's 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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Quality Improvement
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Quality Award Criteria Video Series now available!
(NF, AL, RCF)

The AHCA/NCAL's Criteria Video Series for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are available on ahcancalED. They are updated each year to reflect changes in the award criteria. So, even if you've viewed them before, be sure to give them another look. Read More »

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Education
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Change in next week's Reducing Antipsychotic Drug Use class
(SNF/NF)

The Coralville session has been cancelled, but there is room for more at the West Des Moines offering! Don’t miss this opportunity to improve quality of care and reduce your risk for regulatory sanctions! Read More »

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National News
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AHCA expresses disappointment with proposed tax rule
(SNF/NF)

The Trump administration’s signature tax law excludes "specified service businesses" from a 20 percent deduction of "qualified business income”. 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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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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Open convention right with IH PAC Golf!
(All)

Meet new and old friends at the Iowa Health PAC Golf Outing, September 30 in West Des Moines. Sign up now! Read More »

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Top notch speakers highlight convention
(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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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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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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Education Calendar
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LTC Social Services Conference, August 28, West Des Moines
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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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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, October 16, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, October 17, West 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 Regulatory Nurse Class, November 8, 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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