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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 19, 2018
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Improving rehospitalization rates is now a must!
(SNF)

On October 1, skilled nursing facilities began having 2 percent of their Medicare Part A payments withheld to comply with the CMS Value Based Purchasing Program mandated by the IMPACT Act in 2014. It will take a team effort for many facilities to make systematic changes that ultimately decrease rehospitalization rates. 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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Workforce
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Nurse of the Year credits Gero Nurse Prep for success
(SNF, AL, RCF)

Garcia said taking the Gero Nurse Prep and becoming an ANCC Board certified RN made her a better assisted living nurse. Read More »

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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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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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Quality Improvement
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The 2019 Independent Owner Leadership Conference
(SNF, AL, RCF)

The AHCA/NCAL Independent Owner Leadership Conference is a unique opportunity to discuss today's industry trends and challenges, and learn from your independent owner peers. The conference is March 20-22 in Tampa. Read More »
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Where excellence has no limits - 2019 Quality Summit
(NF, AL, RCF)

Join the conversation about what it takes to disrupt the status-quo to move forward with your organization's quality initiatives at the 2019 Quality Summit in Tampa, March 18-20. Read More »

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National Skilled Nursing Care Week
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NSNCW theme announced
(SNF/NF)

AHCA is happy to announce the 2019 theme for National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW). Resources are also available for members online. Read More »
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Association News
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New contacts for regulatory and legal assistance
(All)

Please update your contact information for our regulatory and legal team! Read More »

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Member benefit: FedEx Express services through PartnerShip
(SNF, AL, RCF, SH)

Everyone in your organization can save on shipping through this AHCA/NCAL member benefit. Read More »

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National News
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Study: Many seniors don't receive needed home care
(HH)

The University of Virginia study found that a very large number of seniors in many states—including Iowa—who need home care are not getting it and the problem is so severe in rural areas that researchers dubbed it “remarkable.” 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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Education Calendar
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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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National Skilled Nursing Care Week
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