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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 4, 2018
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Payment & Reimbursement
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LUPA reimbursement methodology update
(HH)

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) has issued an update on the Medicaid Low-Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA) reimbursement rates. Read More »

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Assisted Living
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Last Caring Together quarterly webinar December 11
(AL)

AHCA/NCAL and AALNA are offering the last Caring Together webinar of 2018 on December 11. Read More »
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Home Health
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New OASIS training schedule now available
(HH)

Information on new OASIS training is now available on the Iowa Department of Inspection & Appeals (DIA) website. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Iowa Medicaid pharmacy changes effective January 1
(All)

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) has issued a letter outlining Medicaid pharmacy program changes effective January 1. Read More »
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Resources available to meet ROP
(SNF, NF)

AHCA has published a free members-only toolkit to help nursing facility providers with updating their Compliance and Ethics Program that is required for Phase 3 of ROP. Read More »

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Clinical practice guideline webinar December 17
(All)

The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care will host a complimentary webinar December 17 to present the newly published National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. Read More »

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Winter Quarterly
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Winter Quarterly coming up December 12
(All)

The Winter Quarterly Education Conference is being held on Wednesday, December 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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CMS releases list of potential future quality measures
(HH)

Comments are due December 5 on the proposed list of potential future quality measures posted by the CMS.  Read More »

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National Quality Award applications due January 31
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL is offering several free resources for each award level to help centers prepare for a successful Quality Award application. Read More »
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New CMS toolkit available
(SNF, NF)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of the first of three toolkits, called Nursing Home Staff Competency Assessment. Read More »

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Clinical
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It's now peak norovirus season
(All)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has available resources for identifying and preventing norovirus.  Read More »

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National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 2-8
(All)

Resources are now available from the CDC and the Immunization Action Coalition to promote National Influenza Vaccination Week. Read More »

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For Sale
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Univex mixer for sale
(All)

Hiawatha Care Center has for sale a Univex mixer with a 20-quart capacity. 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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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, 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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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, January 23, Online program
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Assisted Living Management Certification, Ongoing, 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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Home Health
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Winter Quarterly
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