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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 5, 2018
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Regulatory and Survey
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Final rule released: CMS plan to modernize Medicare home health
(HH)

CMS made changes to improve access to solutions via remote patient monitoring technology, updated payments for home health care with a new case-mix system, begin the new home infusion therapy benefit, and reduce burden. Read More »
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NAHC reports on flaws in HH 2019 Final Rule
(HH)

The final rule contains a number of provisions NAHC objects to and will be fighting to change before the proposed rule is implemented in 2020. Read More »
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CMS delays publication of discharge planning rule
(HH)

CMS determined there are significant policy issues to be resolved to address the issues raised by public comments (including NAHC's) to the proposed rule and to ensure appropriate coordination with other government agencies. Read More »
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DAB decision provides guidance on consent to sexual relationships in persons with dementia
(SNF/NF)

The DAB held that the facility failed to protect each resident and ensure that each resident receives adequate supervision to prevent accidents, resulting in an IJ and $83,000 civil money penalty. Read More »

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Payment and Reimbursement
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Electronic cost report submission clarifications and educational materials
(HH)

A copy of the webcast presentation, Submitting Your Medicare Part A Cost Report Electronically, is now available Read More »

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Amerigroup announces prior auth change for NFs & ICF/IDs
(SNF, ICF/ID)

Find out how the change impacts providers and read the FAQs for more details. Read More »

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Maximum per eiem rate and personal needs allowance
(RCF)

DHS announces the 2019 RCF per diem rate increase. Read More »
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CMS call this week on Electronic Visit Verification
(HH)

Wednesday's CMS Open Door Forum will focus on stakeholder feedback on Electronic Visit Verification. Read More »

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Be sure your staff is working effeciently with 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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Quality Improvement
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Intent to apply deadline Thursday 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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Start your Bronze Quality Award journey with our workshop
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

The IHCA Bronze Quality Award Workshop is being offered next week for the final time in 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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Positions open on National Quality Award Board of Overseers
(NF, AL, RCF)

Three vacant seats up for election in 2019 and two existing Board members are running for re-election on the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. If you think you might be interested in running for a Board of Overseers' position, get more information here! Read More »

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Education
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November Districts begin this week
(SNF/NF, AL)

Also plan to attend the district meeting held in conjunction with the education.  Read More »
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Workforce
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Thursday webinar explains 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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Specialized training: Effective staff retention tool
(All)

Use the CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (CDS) professional credentialing program to train and credential key members of your staff as your on-site CARES Dementia Specialists. Read More »
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November is Home Care and Hospice Month
(All)

CMS provided the resources to promote Home Care and Hospice MonthRead More »

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Product Recall
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MedWatch Safety Alert recall
(All)

Because so many providers perform INR testing, be sure to check your test strips stock and make sure these recalled items are not being used. Read More »

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Resources
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ACL launches redesigned Eldercare Locator website
(All)

Please share these tools to assist older adults and those who support them in navigating the range of services and options available to seniors. 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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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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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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Teepa Snow Dementia Care Webinar Series, November 29, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar (recording available)
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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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