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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 8, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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DIA using weekends to reduce survey cycle length
(SNF/NF)

DIA announces using weekends to conduct recertification surveys and complaint/incident investigations. Read More »

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Two additional remedies to enforce compliance
(SNF, ICF/ID)

CMS has approved a state plan amendment to add two additional remedies when NFs and ICF/IDs are not in compliance. IHCA provides further explanation on the remedies. Read More »

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Discount price on Infection Prevention and Control Officer Training
(SNF/NF)

AHCA/NCAL is offering $50 off the cost of IPCO training from October 7 to 15. Use the promo code CONV18 to receive the $50 discount. This self-study, online training program is a great tool to help skilled nursing facilities meet the CMS Requirements of Participation and avoid an F-880 citation. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Retroactive Eligibility is back! Thanks to all who helped!
(SNF)

DHS issued the Informational Letter reinstating 3-month retroactive Medicaid coverage effective for new Medicaid applications on or after July 1, 2018.  Read More »

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New MDS 3.0 version took effect October 1
(SNF)

With a new version of the MDS 3.0 now effective, don't miss out on this training opportunity! Read More »
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New form for those applying for Medicaid assistance
(All)

A new Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs form has been released by IME. The new form takes effect January 1, 2019. Read More »

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Become an expert on CMS SNF VBP program
(SNF)

IHCA has partnered with AHCA to offer the in-depth, online course, Understanding SNF VBP in Detail, providing training on the CMS SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) 10-year program launched October 1. Read More »

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Updated UHC advocate contacts
(HH)

United Healthcare of Iowa, has provided an updated advocate map for Iowa home health agencies. Read More »
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Assisted Living
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Great resource for OSHA, infection control and disaster planning standards
(AL, RCF, SH)

This toolkit will help your assisted living program or senior housing community improve safety and satisfaction with everything from establishing fall prevention programs to making sure your organization is prepared for worst-case scenarios. Read More »

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Participate in the Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Study
(AL)

ICAL members are asked to participate in the important annual survey of AL salarys and benefits. Read More »

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Life & Fire Safety
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Life safety survey report shows trends and focus
(SNF/NF)

Members should contact IHCA with citations questions so IHCA can ensure accurate and consistent interpretations are being used by all inspectors. Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness
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Proposed rule: Emergency preparedness compliance
(SNF, ICF/IID)

A CMS proposed rule aims to reduce Medicare and Medicaid compliance requirements for health care facilities. Comments on the proposed rule are due November 19. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Get with the National Quality Award Program!
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

Join the 177 IHCA members participating in the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program. Now is the time to submit your organization's Intent to Apply for the 2019 program. Learn more here... Read More »

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Assisted living LTC Trend Tracker how-to videos
(AL)

Assisted living providers can see what they've been missing by viewing these free videos on the LTC Trend Tracker tool. Read More »

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Compliance Considerations for Assisted Living webinar available on demand
(AL)

NCAL's overview of how health care compliance programs are relevant for assisted living communities is now available in the ahcancalED webinar archives...for FREE! Read More »
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Top-Line 3rd quarter publication now available

See how your organization's Trend Tracker data stacks up with the latest Top Line report. Read More »
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LGBT dignity and quality of life resources
(All)

While these fact sheets are geared toward nursing facilities, other long term services and supports providers will find them helpful. Read More »

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National News
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Bill addresses healthcare needs of ID/DD
(All)

This bipartisan legislation would designate people with intellectual and developmental disability as a Medically Underserved Population. 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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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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Teepa Snow Dementia Care Webinar Series, October 31, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar (recording available)
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SNF Medicare Review, November 1, Coralville
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, November 5-9, West Des Moines
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NW District Meeting & Education, November 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Storm Lake
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 8, West Des Moines
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NE District Meeting & Education, November 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Cedar Falls
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SE District Meeting & Education, November 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, November 15, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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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
Assisted Living
Life & Fire Safety
Emergency Preparedness
Quality Improvement
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