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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 12, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Some positives in 2019 Medicare Part B Payment Rule
(SNF)

The rule updates policies and payment rates associated with services billed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and applies to Part B therapy services furnished in skilled nursing facilities. Read More »
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Help your staff work efficiently with CMS SNF VBP
(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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2019 updates to Medicare rates
(Medicare providers)

CMS has posted the annual update to beneficiary Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and premium rates for calendar year 2019. Read More »
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CMS Open Door Forum on Final Rule, CAHPS, Review Choice Demonstration
(HH)

Hear directly from CMS about the CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule. Read More »

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Workforce
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Discount on CARES Online Dementia Training Programs
(SNF, AL, RCF)

Save 15 percent on dementia training for your staff! Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Friday's Bronze Quality Award workshop is last of the year
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

The IHCA Bronze Quality Award Workshop is being offered on Friday is the final one 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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Association News
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IHCA's brief overview of election results
(All)

Where do we stand and where do we go from here? Here are some answers. Read More »
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IHCA member video update
(All)

IHCA President & CEO, Brent Willett, offers a brief update for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL website maintenance Tuesday and Wednesday
(SNF, AL, RCF)

There will be a disruption in AHCA/NCAL Members Only access. Read More »
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Participate in the Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Study
(AL, RCF)

ICAL members are asked to participate in the important annual survey of AL salaries and benefits. The deadline for completion has been extended to December 3. Read More »

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National News
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National affiliates offer insight to election results
(All)

After a day of monumental election turnout, what do the results mean to the long term care continuum? 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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Resources
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Help prevent scams targeted at veterans
(All)

Free, downloadable placemat is one resource available for providers. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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Leadership Academy Reunion, December 4, 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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