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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 21, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Legislative session week one update
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In the first week of the 2019 state legislative session, leaders in both chambers and the governor gave speeches outlining their agendas.  Read More »

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RSVP for IHCA Day on the Hill
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IHCA Day on the Hill is only two weeks away. Be sure to RSVP today to be a part of this important event taking place Tuesday, February 5. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Iowa Total Care contract process update
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Iowa Total Care (ITC) is Iowa’s newest Managed Care Organization (MCO), which will begin serving the Medicaid population effective July 1, 2019. If you are interested in contracting with ITC, it is essential to start the contracting process now to ensure your organization can begin accepting their members in July. Read More »

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Amerigroup nursing facility claims update
(SNF, NF)

Amerigroup has fixed a recent issue with processing nursing facility/intermediate care facility – intellectual disability claims. Read More »
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Resource for managing dual eligibility
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The Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) is a resource available to learn more about best practices for delivering coordinated health care to individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Read More »
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Qualified Medicare beneficiary billing requirements
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Medicare providers may not bill people in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance or copays, but state Medicaid programs may pay for those costs. Providers who inappropriately bill individuals enrolled in QMB are subject to sanctions. Read More »
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Medicare card tips to share
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CMS recently completed a large-scale effort to provide new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers to people with Medicare. For anyone with Medicare who has not received a new card by now, CMS offers tips that providers can share. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Updated LEIE database file available
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), has released its updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file, which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in December 2018. Read More »
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Paperless licensure effective July 1
(All)

The Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) announced at its January meeting that it will transition to paperless licensure on July 1, 2019. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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New assisted living resources released
(AL)

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living are offering tools and resources for assisted living providers for calculating costs, recruiting and retaining employees and learning more about compliance issues. Read More »

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NF survey committee report available
(SNF, NF)

IHCA members can now access the January 2019 Nursing Facility (NF) Survey Committee Report online in the members-only section of the IHCA website. Read More »
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Quality awards deadline is January 31
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

The 2019 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application deadline of January 31 at 7 p.m. CST is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to recognize your center’s success, dedication and improvement in quality care. Read More »

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Perfect survey for Spurgeon Manor
(All)

IHCA congratulates Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center for receiving a perfect survey for a residential care facility from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Read More »
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Association Updates
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Boost employee productivity and engagement
(All)

IHCA has partnered with PayActiv for members to offer a financial wellness program as part of their employee benefits package. Read More »
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Get your fire safety questions answered
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

Now is your chance to get your fire safety questions answered by the state’s Fire Marshall. Attendees of IHCA’s Life Safety – Fire Safety Conference can submit their specific technical questions anonymously in advance of the conference, to be answered by the Fire Marshall during his presentation at the conference. 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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