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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 29, 2018
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Quality Improvement
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New SNF quality data on Nursing Home Compare
(SNF)

The data can demonstrate how a SNF’s performance on SNF QRP quality measures compares to those of other SNFs and to the national average. Read More »

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Here's the starting place for your Bronze Quality Award journey!
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

This is the final offering of the Bronze Quality Award Workshop for the 2019 award cycle. Don't miss this opportunity to get your quality journey started on the right track! 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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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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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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BCG Research: Annual customer satisfaction surveys
(SNF/NF, AL)

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

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Education
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Alzheimer's Association offers free dementia education and support
(SNF/NF)

Selected organizations receive 80 hours of technical dementia training at the bedside by a dementia expert. In 2018, 10 Iowa facilities participated in this program and were able to substantially decrease their use of antipsychotics, improve caregiver turnover, and reduce resident to resident and resident to staff interactions. 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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Regulatory and Survey
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CMS issues two Change Requests for medical review
(HH)

CMS Change Requests clarify which provider templates to use for face-to-face encounters and care plans and what is considered - and does not considered - one-on-one education. Read More »

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OSHA launches program targeting high injury and illness rates
(NF, AL, RCF)

OSHA is initiating the Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16) Program using injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for calendar year 2016. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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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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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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Booklet outlines items and services not covered by Medicare
(All)

This document would be a useful resource for SNF clinical staff and billing office. Read More »
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Resources
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A file full of workforce tools
(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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National News
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AHCA summarizes Kaiser annual 50-state Medicaid report
(Medicaid providers)

This summary of key findings pertaining to long term services and supports includes home- and community-based settings, managed care and workforce insights. 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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For Sale
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Used minibuses for sale
(All)

Tour company has good used minibuses for sale. A great option for getting residents around town! Read More »
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Education Calendar
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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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Winter Quarterly Education Conference Quarterly Conference, December 12, 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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