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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees December 31, 2018
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Medicare Advantage change effective January 1
(SNF, NF)

UnitedHealthcare has issued a bulletin outlining a reimbursement policy change effective January 1 that will require skilled nursing facilities providing post-acute inpatient services to request prior authorization and receive a determination before UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plan Advantage members can be admitted. Read More »

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Register now for PDPM Academy
(SNF, NF)

To help member facilities prepare for the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) effective October 1, 2019, the Iowa Health Care Association, along with the American Health Care Association, is offering the 10-month PDPM Academy, starting January 30 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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PDGM training opportunities
(HH)

To help home health agencies prepare for the new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) effective January 1, 2020, the Iowa Health Care Association is partnering with the National Association of Home Health Care & Hospice to offer a PDGM Summit on January 24 in Kansas City. Read More »
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Online VBP training available
(SNF)

The Iowa Health Care Association has partnered with the American Health Care Association to offer an education program designed to help skilled nursing facilities succeed under the CMS value-based purchasing payment program (SNF VBP) that took effect on October 1, 2018. Read More »

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New MCO coming to Iowa in July
(All)

Iowa Total Care is Iowa’s newest Managed Care Organization (MCO) and will begin serving the Medicaid population effective July 1, 2019. Read More »
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Regulatory
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CNA in-service topic guidance
(SNF, NF)

To assist members with determining whether Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in-service training topics comply with state and federal rules, the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) has worked with the Department of Inspections and Appeals to develop new guidance. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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PASRR Webinar January 8
(SNF, NF)

Registration is now open for the next Iowa Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) webinar to be offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services.  Read More »
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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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Workforce
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Workforce resources now available
(All)

Finding and retaining a qualified workforce is one of the largest challenges facing long-term care providers. To help providers attract and retain qualified caregivers, the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA), American Health Care Association (ACHA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) offer a variety of workforce resources. Read More »
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Association Updates
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IHCA 2019 legislative agenda set
(All)

With the State Legislative session set to begin January 14, the Iowa Health Care Association has set its legislative agenda for 2019. Read More »
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ALM certificate renewals to be mailed January 3
(AL)

Assisted living management certificate renewals will be mailed this week. Read More »

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IHCA Foundation 2018 Annual Report
(All)

In 2018, 15 individuals received scholarships to support their academic growth and their career development within the long-term care profession, made possible by contributions to the IHCA Foundation.  Read More »

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IHCA office closed for New Year holiday
(All)

Our office will close at noon on Monday, December 31, and re-open Wednesday, January 2. Read More »

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In Memoriam
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Greg Andersen passes away December 25

Greg Andersen, a former Iowa long-term care administrator and past Iowa Health Care Association board member, passed away December 25. 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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PDGM National Summit for Home Health Agencies, January 25, Kansas City
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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 Certificate Program, April 8-12, 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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