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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees August 27, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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2019 Final Rule: Payment Adjustments and SNF VBP
(SNF)

AHCA answers providers' questions about the order in which adjustments are made to payment rates and how the SNF VBP incentive payment multiplier is applied. Read More »
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CMS issues further clarification on provider MSP responsibilities
(Medicare providers)

Medicare-participating providers are required to determine whether Medicare is a primary or secondary payer for each admission, start of care or encounter with a beneficiary prior to submitting a bill. Read More »
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Medicare rates updated for 2019
(SNF)

Here are the updated Medicare SNF rates effective from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Read More »
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Reminder from IME on MDS Section Q referrals
(SNF/NF)

Is your facility following the correct procedures for MDS Section Q referrals? Time to double check. Read More »
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Webinars on MDS 3.0 Version 1.16.0
(SNF)

SNF providers need to be sure to review these webinar recordings if they were unable to participate in the initial airing. The changes go into effect October 1. Read More »
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Make LTC Trend Tracker work for your bottom line!
(SNF/NF, AL)

Find out how LTC Trend Tracker can help your organization harness the untapped power of the data you collect. Read More »

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Regulatory
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OIG work plan: CMS oversight of staffing levels
(SNF)

OIG's updated work plan includes a new nursing center staffing level review. AHCA is monitoring. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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IRS proposed tax rule is unclear for assisted living
(AL)

If left unchanged, the proposed tax rule leaves the status unclear for assisted living program owners to take full advantage of this year’s federal tax cuts. Read More »
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ALMC: Don't miss the upcoming Annual AL Conference

In this renewal year, you shouldn't miss the upcoming Assisted Living Managers ConferenceRead More »

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Home Health
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CMS ODF provides claims, payment and quality updates
(HH, H)

Home health claims and quality updates were featured in the most recent CMS Open Door Forum for home health and hospice providers. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Two IHCA members receive 2018 Governor's Awards for Quality Care
(All)

Congratulations to our member nursing facilities Mercy Living Center-North of Clinton and Oakview Home of Conrad! Read More »

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DIA Survey Results reports available
(SNF/NF)

The August Nursing Facility Survey Report from the IHCA Survey Results Sub-Committee is now available on the IHCA website. Read More »
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Workforce
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Paper offers workforce recruitment and retention ideas
(All)

With low unemployment rates nationwide, the IHCA Workforce Committee is working to provide resources for our members to recruit and retain staff. Here's a newly released paper full of resources to support your nurse hiring and retention practices. Read More »

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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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Relevant education for your whole staff!
(All)

The IHCA Convention and Trade Show features education tracks for assisted living, home health, nursing facility. There will be something for everyone on your staff with over 50 breakout session offerings. Read More »

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Start off convention in the swing of things!
(All)

The Iowa Health PAC Golf Outing, September 30 in West Des Moines, is a great way to unwind before the IHCA Convention kicks off. Sign up now! Read More »

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Starring YOUR staff and residents!
(All)

Show off your organizations', employees' and residents' pride on the big screen! Participate in the 2018 Convention contest and submit photos for the general session video! The September deadlines will be here before you know it. 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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Resources
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Free care coordination for Medicare patients
(AL, HH, SNF/NF)

When your tenants or patients need help with care coordination, here's a resource. Read More »
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Understand your organization's 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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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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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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Regulatory
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Home Health
Quality and Survey
Workforce
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