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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 26, 2018
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Payment & Reimbursement
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CMS notes new opportunity for mental health services
(All)

In a recent letter to states, the CMS notes a new opportunity for states to receive authority to pay for short-term residential treatment services in an institution for mental disease for patients with serious mental illness. Read More »

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Managed Care Ombusdsman October report available
(Medicaid providers)

The Managed Care Ombudsman October report shows top issues revolved around reduction and denial of services. Read More »

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MAAC discusses budget, MCO contracts and Medicaid
(Medicaid providers)

At its November 8 meeting, the Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC) shared its Managed Care Savings Summary, discussed MCO contracts and reviewed the Medicaid services summarized in the State Fiscal Years (SFY) 2020/2021 budget. Read More »

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SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards published
(All)

Learn more about updated SSI and spousal impoverished standards that go into effect January 1, 2019. 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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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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Home Health
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Recurrent HHPPS rate update notice
(HH)

CMS has issued Change Request 10992 that instructs on the system changes necessary to implement the changes to the 2019 home health prospective payment system. Read More »

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Open Door Forum features key topics in home health
(HH)

Learn more about the Open Door Forum, which featured information on the Home Health Final Rule, prior authorization, Home Health CAHPS and more. Read More »

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CMS to survey home health agencies on quality measures
(HH)

This survey will inform CMS about the impact of measures used to assess care in HHAs. Read More »
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Assisted Living
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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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Winter Quarterly
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Winter Quarterly features current trends and topics
(All)

Mark your calendar for the Winter Quarterly Education Conference on December 12. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL accepting presentation proposals
(NF,AL, RCF)

Share your success stories and professional insights by submitting a presentation proposal for the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Improve Quality, Relationships Webinar available
(All)

Learn how to incorporate the use of clinical tools and language to improve outcomes for clients and relationships with payers and providers of health services in this special webinar. 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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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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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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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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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 22-24, 2019, 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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