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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees January 28, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Week two legislative session highlights
(All)

This week's legislative update includes information on new member resources for communicating with legislators, new bills introduced related to the health care profession, the House District 55 election contest and more. Read More »

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RSVP for IHCA Day on the Hill
(All)

IHCA Day on the Hill is a little over a week 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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Amerigroup nursing facility claims update
(SNF, NF)

Providers impacted by the recent claims processing issue with Amerigroup should be receiving checks this week.  Read More »

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Start Iowa Total Care contract process now
(All)

If you are interested in contracting with Iowa Total Care, 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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Register for PDGM webinar February 12
(HH)

CMS is offering a webinar on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) February 12 from 12:30- 2p.m. CST. Read More »

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IRS rule may help some AL operators
(AL)

The U.S. Treasury Department has finalized a rule that may make it possible for certain assisted living communities to qualify for the 20 percent federal tax deduction for qualified business income. Read More »
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CMS revises SNF Notice of Non-coverage Form
(SNF, NF)

CMS has revised the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Notice of Non-coverage (SNF ABN) Form CMS-10055. Read More »

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Report changes in ownership to CMS
(Medicare providers)

CMS must be informed of ownership changes within 30 days, or providers could face a revocation of Medicare billing privileges. Read More »

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Webinar on electronic system for PRRB appeals
(Medicare providers)

CMS is offering a webinar February 5 at 12:30 p.m. CST to learn more about its new electronic system for Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) appeals. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS answers questions on CoPs
(HH)

CMS has published a list of frequently asked questions about the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) guidelines that provide clarification on the requirements related to Home Health Agencies. Read More »

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DIA clarifies ambulatory definition for reporting
(NF, AL, RCF)

The Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has provided clarification on the definition of “ambulatory” for reporting purposes. Read More »

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Federal compliance date clarification
(SNF, NF)

During a facility’s annual recertification survey cycle, substantial compliance is only achieved once a facility has cleared both the health survey as well as the life safety code (LSC) survey. Read More »

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IHCA working to clarify NF transfer procedures
(SNF, NF)

Facilities are required under the rule revisions to F623 to provide a written notice to all residents and their legal representatives any time residents are transferred from the facility for medical treatment. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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National quality awards deadline is this week
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

The 2019 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application deadline is this Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m. CST. 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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Nominations open for state quality care award
(SNF, NF, RCF)

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. The Governor's Award recognizes Iowa health care facilities that offer unique or innovative activities to enhance the quality of care or quality of life for their residents. Read More »
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AL clinical practice resources available
(AL)

ICAL, NCAL and ACHA provide assisted living (AL) members important resources, guides and information specifically geared for clinical staff in AL communities. Read More »

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Perfect surveys for IHCA members
(All)

IHCA congratulates three IHCA members for receiving a perfect survey from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Read More »

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Association Updates
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Get your fire safety questions answered
(SNF, NF, AL, RCF)

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 state's fire marshall during his presentation at the conference. 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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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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Leadership Academy, June 4-6, West Des Moines
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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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