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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 7, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Save the Date: IHCA Day on the Hill February 5
(All)

Mark your calendar now for IHCA Day on the Hill February 5. Read More »

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Payment & Reimbursement
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Medicare Advantage change effective January 1
(SNF, NF)

UnitedHealthcare reimbursement policy changes went into effective January 1 that 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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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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Regulatory
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Volunteer ombudsman can access medical records
(SNF, NF, AL)

Federal regulations allow a volunteer ombudsman to review a resident's medical records if necessary for the volunteer ombudsman to be effective in providing advocacy for the resident. Read More »

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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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E-verify policies implemented
(All)

Due to the government shutdown, the E-Verify system is not available and new policies have been implemented as a result. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Less than a month left to apply for quality award
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

The 2019 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application deadline is less than a month away. January 31 at 7 p.m. CST is the deadline. Read More »
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New resource available for harm prevention
(SNF, NF)

To help support nursing home safety, a new resource, Change Package to Prevent All Cause Harm in Nursing Homes, is now available from CMS and the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center. Read More »
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Association Updates
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New employee benefit for members; online demo Jan. 16
(All)

IHCA is partnering with PayActiv to offer IHCA members a new employee benefit, and is offering an online demo on January 16 of this new benefit. Read More »

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Make a difference; join a committee
(All)

IHCA, ICAL and ICHC committee participation is a great way to become involved, network with peers and share your expertise. 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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Life Safety - Fire Safety, February 18-19, Coralville
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Life Safety - Fire Safety, February 20-21, Carroll
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LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program, March 6-April 18, 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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