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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 14, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Legislative session preview
(All)

The state legislative session begins today. This session is our opportunity to address the critical issues you face that impact your ability to provide care in your communities. Read More »
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RSVP for IHCA Day on the Hill
(All)

The most impactful way to make a difference this legislative session is for legislators to hear from you directly about how these issues impact your organization and the community you serve. That is why it is imperative that you attend IHCA Day on the Hill February 5. Read More »
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House passes act to allow elderly to remain at home
(All)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 259, the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, by voice vote, giving the home care community a key win early in the new year. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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PDPM Academy and Training
(SNF, NF)

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Academy scheduled for January 30 has been sold out! Fortunately, we have been able to secure another date for the academy with our presenters. Read More »
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PDGM Training for Home Health
(HH)

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) National Summit for Home Health Agencies is scheduled for January 24 in Kansas City, MO. Read More »
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Medicaid member reassignment coming in March
(All)

In March 2019, most Iowa Medicaid members will be placed into an algorithm that will reassign them to a new Managed Care Organization (MCO) effective July 1, 2019. Read More »
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Start the contracting process now for new MCO
(All)

Iowa Total Care (ITC) is Iowa’s newest Managed Care Organization (MCO) that will begin serving the Medicaid population effective July 1, 2019. If you are interested in contracting with ITC, start working with them NOW to ensure you can accept their members in July. Read More »

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Amerigroup nursing facility claims issue
(SNF, NF)

Amerigroup recently changed how they process custodial nursing facility claims based on the member’s level of care, as there were instances of claims paying when the member wasn’t approved for that level of care. Read More »
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MCO member call recording available
(All)

IHCA had its first Managed Care Organization (MCO) Call of 2019 last week, and it has been one of our most requested recordings so far. The recording is now available to members online. Read More »

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2019 SNF Part B rate information available
(SNF)

The 2019 Medicare Part B rates went into effect on January 1. The 2019 Physician Fee Schedule payment amount file is now available for download. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Three new components required for POCs
(HH)

There are now three additional components that home health agencies will want to ensure their plans of care (POCs) contain. Read More »

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E-verify policies continue with shutdown
(All)

The government shutdown continues, and the E-Verify system remains unavailable. Make sure your organization is aware of the policies that have been implemented as a result. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Enter quality award today for chance to waive app fee
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

The 2019 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application deadline is January 31 at 7 p.m. CST. Bronze applicants who submit their application TODAY (January 14) will be entered in to a raffle for a waived application fee. Read More »

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Harm prevention resource webinar January 24
(SNF, NF)

There will be a webinar January 24 at 2 p.m. to learn more about the new Change Package on harm prevention available from CMS and the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center. Read More »

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Association Updates
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District education enhancements coming in 2019
(All)

IHCA is excited to announce upcoming enhancements to our district education offerings. Read More »
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IHCA announces new partnership with PayActiv
(All)

IHCA is partnering with PayActiv, a financial wellness platform that provides earned wage access and many additional services, to offer a new employee benefit for members. 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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Register by March 5 for IO Conference
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

The advance registration deadline for ACHA’s Independent Owners (IOs) conference is March 5. The conference is scheduled for March 20-22 in Tampa, Florida and will address the challenges that IOs face every day. Read More »
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
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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 for SNFs, January 29, 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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