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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 15, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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HCBS self-asessment due by December 1
(HCBS providers)

The completed self-assessment and accompanying address collection tool must be received by the IME no later than December 1, 2018. Read More »
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CMS call and resources for EVV
(HH)

CMS Open Door Forum will focus on stakeholder feedback on Electronic Visit Verification. 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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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 provider training
(HCBS providers)

United Healthcare of Iowa, has provided an updated HCBS Provider Training Presentation. Read More »
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Medicaid priorities and initiatives for CMS
(Medicaid providers)

CMS Administrator Seema Verma offered insights into the agency's priority areas and initiatives. Read More »

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Regulatory and Survey
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Fact sheets to share with residents
(NF, AL)

The State Ombudsman shares fact sheets on resident and tenant rights in nursing facilities and assisted living. Read More »

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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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Workforce
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State taskforce launches healthcare careers promotional materials
(All)

IHCA joined with other stakeholders to develop promotional materials and career pathways on a wide range of career opportunities in Iowa’s critical health sciences industry. The resource is available for our members to use in their recruitment and retention efforts. Read More »

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Promote your jobs statewide with IHCA's campaign
(All)

The IHCA statewide workforce campaign directs job seekers to our website job posting page. Are your jobs included? Learn how you can connect with potential employees! Read More »

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Workforce resources for members
(NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL's new workforce recruitment and retention webpage offers free resources for members. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Perception vs. Reality: The Quality Award Program for ALs
(AL, RCF)

Assisted living providers often wonder why the National Quality Award Program should matter to them. Here is a great opportunity to learn why it is important for your assisted living program to accept the challenge. Read More »

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Webinar: How LTC Trend Tracker works for independent providers

Find out how LTC Trend Tracker can help independent providers harness the untapped power of the data they collect. Read More »

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Video on reducing hospital admissions features ICAL member
(NF, AL, RCF)

ICAL member, The Kensington, is featured in AHCA/NCAL video on Quality Initiatives. Read More »

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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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Association News
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Well represented at state and national levels
(All)

Boards of Directors elections were held at state and national conventions. 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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Resources
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Secure your Umbrella License for movies shown in group settings
(NF, AL, RCF)

If your organization currently shows movies or would like to start, be sure to secure a license to avoid copyright infringement penalties. 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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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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