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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 11, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Legislative update and member call for action
(All)

This week's legislative update includes a recap of IHCA Day on the Hill, an important call to action for members and updates on bills.
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Payment & Reimbursement
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New PDPM-related MDS data specifications
(SNF, NF)

On February 5, CMS posted a new draft of MDS 3.0 data specifications. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019.
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Updated NF Medicaid Application packet available
(SNF, NF)

The application packet that nursing facility residents must complete in order to become approved for Medicaid has been updated and is available on the IHCA website. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Ombudsman contacts and visits change
(SNF, NF, AL)

The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman has made changes to the service delivery model, effective February 1, 2019.
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ASPR TRACIE survey response needed
(HH)

NAHC would appreciate the participation of all agencies in an important survey for ASPR TRACIE regarding the preparedness, capacity and barriers for home health and hospice providers in emergency preparedness and response.
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Home health rural add-on instructions
(HH)

As of January 1, 2019, payment increases are being applied to home health services furnished in rural areas based on county designation. Home health agencies are required to put value code 85 on all claims, not just rural claims.
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NLC webinars and legal memo to employers
(All)

The Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) encourages all healthcare employers and nurse licensees to listen to free webinars and read a legal memo explaining the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Read More »
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Life safety and emergency preparedness survey checklists
(SNF, NF)

Copies of checklists used by inspectors during annual life safety and emergency preparedness surveys and a copy of the federal fire inspection entrance form are now available.
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Association Update
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Fall Prevention Workshop postponed
(All)

The Fall Prevention Workshop scheduled for February 12 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The location and schedule will remain the same.
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Boost employee productivity & retention
(All)

IHCA has partnered with PayActiv for members to offer a financial wellness program as part of their employee benefits package.
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New benefit option for virtual healthcare
(All)

IHCA has partnered with HealthiestYou, a subsidiary of Teladoc Health, to provide members with a virtual healthcare benefit you can offer your employees and their families.
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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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Life Safety - Fire Safety, February 18-19, Coralville
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Life Safety - Fire Safety, February 20-21, Carroll
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Fall Prevention Workshop - Rescheduled, February 27, West Des Moines
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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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ICD-10 Coding for Home Health Done Right, April 3-4, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 8-12, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 11, 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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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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