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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 22, 2018
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Workforce
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Legislation introduced to address CNA training lock outs
(SNF/NF)

The legislation amends rigid requirements that force SNFs to shut down their CNA training programs for infractions unrelated to care delivery. Read More »

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Recap of OSHA policy changes
(All)

Keep up with OSHA policy changes with this review from AHCA/NCAL. Read More »

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A file full of workforce resources
(All)

Your pleas for help with workforce issues are being heard. Here are a slew of resources from the State of Iowa, IHCA, and AHCA/NCAL. And this is just the start. Efforts are continuing to help the healthcare profession address workforce shortages and staff retention. Read More »

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Get your dementia in-service here!
(All)

Bring Teepa Snow's dementia education into your facility via webinar. Facilities that register receive links to both webinars enabling staff to watch at their convenience for the next six months. Read More »
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November Districts: Timely topics for both NFs and ALs
(SNF/NF, AL)

Also plan to attend the district meeting held in conjunction with the education.  Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Free webinar outlines benefits of RN Gero Nurse Prep
(NF, AL, RCF)

Learn about the positive impact competent gerontological nurses can have on key quality outcomes in your organization. This free webinar discusses how RN geriatric specialization training can make the difference! Read More »

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BCG Research: Annual customer satisfaction surveys
(SNF/NF, AL)

Let our preferred vendor help you get the most out of your customer satisfaction survey! See their new bundled options. Read More »

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CoreQ short stay survey results
(SNF/NF)

BCG Research offers an analysis of 3rd quarter patient satisfaction survey results. Read More »

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Intent to apply deadline soon for 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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Payment and Reimbursement
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CMS MAC Part B Therapy Audit Plan for code 97110
(Medicare providers)

The audit will include a review of medical necessity, correct billing of timed codes and all other therapy codes provided under same plan of care. Read More »
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Check updated LEIE database
(Medicare and Medicaid providers)

Long term service and support providers should check the LEIE on a regular basis. Here is an updated version... Read More »
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Reports: Medicare Advantage Plans improperly denying claims
(Medicare providers)

Because very few people appeal the claims denial, Medicare Advantage insurers are permitted to avoid payment. Appealing those denials might be a good idea, though, since...about 75 percent of appeals succeed at the first level of review. Read More »
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CMS publishes 2019 Medicare Advantage plan offerings
(Medicare providers)

The 2019 Medicare Advantage (MA) plan offerings and benefit designs were announced by CMS. 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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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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Resources
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Make every interaction count!
(AL)

Learn how everyone in your organization can take action and boost your program's reputation! Read More »
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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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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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Bronze Award Application Workshop, November 16, West Des Moines   
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Restorative Nursing Program, November 27, West Des Moines
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Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, November 29, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., West Des Moines
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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, December 6, 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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