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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 4, 2019
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Legislative Update
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IHCA legislative update and watchlist
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This week's legislative update includes updates on bills, a reminder for IHCA Day on the Hill and media coverage for a recent op-ed. Read More »

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Payment & Reimbursement
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NF rates released for January 2019
(NF)

Nursing facility (NF) rates have been released for the rate period beginning January 1, 2019 by Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME). Read More »
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QAAF payment deadline extended
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Due to the ongoing issue with Amerigroup claims, Iowa Medicaid Enterprises (IME) has extended the due date of Quality Assurance Assessment Fee (QAAF) payments for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, until February 28, 2019. Read More »
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CMS final rule adjusting CMPs for inflation
(NF)

CMS recently published a memo summarizing the inflation adjustments to the civil money penalty (CMP) amounts that may be imposed for noncompliance by nursing centers. Read More »
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Regulatory
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HHA survey response needed
(HH)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) would appreciate your participation in a brief survey regarding Home Care Aide (HCA) competency evaluations. Read More »
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New waiver policy required in emergency plans
(SNF/NF)

CMS is now requiring facilities to have policies that address the waiver process in the facility emergency preparedness plan, provided under section 1135 of the Social Security Act. Read More »
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PASRR webinars in January-April
(SNF, NF)

Registration is now open for several upcoming Iowa Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) webinars. Read More »
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Clarification: SNF Notice of Non-coverage Form
(SNF, NF)

In last week’s Bulletin, an article was published about CMS recently revising the Skilled Nursing (SNF) Notice of Non-coverage (SNF ABN) Form CMS-10055 and included the discontinuation of multiple forms. Read More »
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Provider enrollment moratoria expires
(HH)

As of January 30, 2019, there will be no active moratoria in any state for Medicare provider enrollment. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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SNF QRP data revised on Nursing Home Compare
(SNF)

CMS recently updated facility Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data on Nursing Home Compare. Read More »
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High norovirus activity throughout Iowa
(ALL)

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL), Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), and local public health partners, have investigated over a dozen norovirus outbreaks this winter. Read More »
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2019 National Quality Award Applications submitted
(SNF, NF, AL)

Preliminary AHCA/NCAL 2019 National Quality Award program application numbers by state have been announced. Read More »
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Association Update
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Activity Professionals Contest
(ALL)

The Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP) is giving away five free registrations to IHCA’s Spring Quarterly Education Conference at Prairie Meadows in Altoona on March 26-27, 2019. Read More »
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National News
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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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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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ICD-10 Coding Essentials for Post-Acute Care, March 12-13, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 26-27, Altoona
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 8-12, West Des Moines
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Leadership Academy, June 4-6, 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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Legislative Update
Payment & Reimbursement
Regulatory
Quality Improvement
Association Update
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