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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 17, 2018
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Payment & Reimbursement
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DHS issues update on annual submission requirements
(Medicaid providers)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) has issued an Informational Letter regarding annual submission requirements for providers that receive payments of $5 million or more from Iowa Medicaid in any federal fiscal year. Read More »

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CMS provides details on transition to PDPM
(SNF, NF)

Last week, CMS provided a presentation with additional details to assist skilled nursing facilities with the upcoming transition to the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) effective October 1, 2019. Read More »
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Register now for PDPM Academy
(SNF, NF)

To help facilities prepare for the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) effective October 1, 2019, the Iowa Health Care Association is offering the PDPM Academy January 30 in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Part B infusion therapy permitted for 2019-2020
(HH)

CMS will permit home health agencies to continue to provide Part B infusion therapy during the transition period (2019-2020) for the new home infusion therapy benefit. Read More »
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New regulations demand more staff training
(SNF, NF, RCF)

Phase 3 of a CMS final rule, which begins November 28, 2019, will substantially increase the emphasis on training and competency with requirements for long-term care facilities relating to communication, resident rights, infection control, compliance and ethics—especially in regard to person-centered care, behavioral health, and quality assurance and performance improvement. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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National Quality Award applications due January 31
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

Get started with your application today for the 2019 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. Applications for all three award levels must be submitted through the Quality Award Portal by January 31 at 7 p.m. CST. Read More »

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New LTC Trend Tracker 101 course available
(SNF, NF, AL)

LTC Trend Tracker is a valuable tool that skilled nursing facilities can utilize for quality improvement, peer comparisons and supporting metric data for Quality Award applications. Read More »
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Association Updates
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IHCA office closed December 24-25
(All)

The IHCA office will be closed December 24-25, and there will be no IHCA Bulletin published on Monday, December 24. 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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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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PDPM Academy, January 30, West Des Moines
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Fall Prevention Workshop, February 12, West Des Moines
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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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This newsletter contains confidential information and is intended only for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC membership. Dissemination, distribution or copying the contents of this email beyond this group is strictly prohibited. 

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