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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 10, 2018
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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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Having fun is part of the Convention deal!
(All)

There will be fun to be had at the IHCA Annual Convention from day one until the final speaker!  Read More »

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Make your organization part of the celebration!
(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 deadline for photos has been extended to September 21. Read More »

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IHCA, ICAL and ICHC board elections
(All)

Online electronic voting ballots were sent to member organizations on August 27. Voting closes September 25. Read More »

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Regulatory
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PBJ update: New report available
(SNF/NF)

This new report details the submitted staffing hours for select job title(s) during a specified period. Read More »
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AL compliance considerations webinar
(AL)

While AL providers may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid, it's vital to understand how fraud and abuse laws like the Anti-kickback Statute apply when referral and financial arrangements are in place with other Medicare providers, such as hospitals, hospices, home health agencies or therapists. NCAL's free webinar offers an explanation. Read More »
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Nursing facility involuntary discharge resources
(SNF/NF)

Consumer and provider resources on nursing facility involuntary discharge policies and procedures. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Changes in MFP funding effective October 1
(HCBS providers)

Iowa's Money Follows the Person (MFP) program funding will end December 31, 2019, unless additional federal funding is appropriated. Referrals to the MFP program will be accepted through October 1, 2018. Read More »

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News from IME
(SNF, HH, ICF, RCF)

Here are the most recent Information Letters from IME on pharmacy program changes and an updated guidance on the use of the “SC” modifier. Read More »
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Emergency Preparedness
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Keep emergency plans current for the most effectiveness
(All)

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, making it a good time to review and update your emergency plans and related documentation. Here are some resources that will help. Read More »

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Workforce
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Updated comparisons for cost wage and staffing data
(NF)

The updated report with comparisons for cost wage and staffing data are available to IHCA members. Read More »

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New DOL websites for employees and companies
(All)

These new resources give employers and employees easy access to workforce tools, information and support materials. Read More »

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Clinical
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Poor oral health's impact on older adults
(All)

The All 4 Oral Health Blog, gives a good look at the negative impacts that poor oral health has on physical and mental health in adults, aged 65 and older. Read More »
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Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes
(NF)

This training, focused on caring for residents with dementia and on preventing abuse, fills the need for nurse aides’ in-service training on these important topics. Read More »

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Quality and Survey
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Quality Award resource: Video series for each award level
(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. Everyone working toward a national Quality Award should take advantage of this excellent resource! Read More »

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Tops in Survey
(All)

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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Resources
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Voting resources for resident and tenants
(All)

Elections are being held in November. Access these resources to assist residents and tenants to ensure their voting rights are protected. Read More »

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AARP releases Across the States 2018 report
(NF)

The 2018 report includes state-specific data on populations and projections, population characteristics, private pay costs, and Medicaid spending on certain services and populations. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA statement on Congressional hearing
(SNF/NF)

AHCA CEO, Mark Parkinson, defends long term providers against further government oversight. 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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Education Calendar
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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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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Emergency Preparedness
Workforce
Clinical
Quality and Survey
Resources
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