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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 4, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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CoPs' Interpretive Guidelines released
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CMS released the final advanced copy of the HHA Interpretive Guidelines that are effective immediately. Read More »

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IHCA is at the table on stakeholder advisory council
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IHCA will be represented on the MAAC Executive Council. Read More »

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Tops in Survey
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Congratulations to IHCA members receiving a deficiency-free DIA inspection. Members can review the latest survey trends for NFs, ALs, HHAs and RCFs on our Members Only website. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS issues instructions for the misuse of RAPs
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MAC’s monitoring activities should account for various situations where an HHA’s behavior indicates potential fraud, waste, or abuse. Read More »
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CMS incorporates Targeted Probe and Educate Guidelines into Medicare Program Integrity Manual
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The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are replacing the existing Progressive Corrective Action (PCA) medical review process with Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) beginning October 1, 2017. Read More »
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KEPRO introduces Patient Navigation Program
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KEPRO would like to partner with skilled nursing facilities to offer this free program to Medicare Fee-for-Service patients who are being discharged from a skilled nursing facility to home. Read More »
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Workforce
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Make the most of our Workforce Recruitment Campaign!
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The IHCA annual public relations campaign, focused on workforce recruitment and retention, targets potential employees. Learn how you can make the most of it for your organization. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Don't let oral health be the missing link in your care plans
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To be complete, your organization's quality care efforts should include a focus on oral health care. IHCA associate member, Mary Kelly, offers insight and resources on seniors' oral health care. Read More »

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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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IHCA, ICAL and ICHC annual meeting and elections
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Watch your inbox for voting instructions for the upcoming board elections. Read More »

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Starring YOUR staff and residents!
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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 deadline for photos has been extended to September 21. Read More »

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Relevant education for your whole staff!
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The IHCA Convention and Trade Show features education tracks for assisted living, home health and nursing facility care. 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!
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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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National News
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
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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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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 and Survey
Payment and Reimbursement
Workforce
Quality Improvement
IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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