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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 18, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Subcommittees meet; CON bill defeated
(All)

This week's legislative update includes a bill update, bill watch list and budget discussions.
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Medicaid coverage of rehabilitation therapy services
(NF, SNF)

On February 8, Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) released an informational letter clarifying the coverage of rehabilitation therapy services provided to residents of a nursing facility (NF) or intermediate care facility for persons with an intellectual disability (ICF/ID). Read More »
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CMS new Medicare cards mailing complete
(All)

CMS has finished mailing new Medicare cards to members across the U.S. Read More »
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Opportunity to change Medicare Advantage plan
(All)

Medicare Advantage enrollees who had a change in care needs or would prefer different coverage can now make health coverage changes for this year. Read More »
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Home health PDGM split implementation
(HH)

CMS recently issued a MLN Matters article, “Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM – Split Implementation,” that summarizes Change Request CR 11081. Read More »
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Implementation of PDPM
(SNF)

CMS recently issued a MLN Matters article titled, “Implementation of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)."
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PDPM website updates
(NF, SNF)

After receiving feedback, CMS is updating its new website for the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and including a much-anticipated regulatory/training manual.

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Regulatory
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Update to emergency preparedness rule
(SNF, NF, HH)

The CMS Quality, Safety and Oversight Group (QSO) released a memo this month to state survey agency directors, notifying them of updates made to Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers (EP rule). Read More »
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Train infection preventionist for new requirement
(SNF, NF)

As of November 28, 2019, every nursing facility must have a designated and specially trained infection preventionist who is running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. Read More »

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CMS targets facilities with low nurse staffing
(SNF/NF only)

CMS recently issued guidance to state survey agencies and the CMS regional offices that facilities identified as having low staffing numbers will now be targeted for additional CMS oversight. Read More »
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CDM Certification Program requirements
(NF, SNF, AL)

The Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) Certification Program requires that CDMs maintain certification by retaking the credentialing exam or by demonstrating ongoing competence through continuing education. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Quality Summit housing deadline extended
(SNF, NF, AL)

The hotel reservation deadline for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit has been extended to February 20. Read More »
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Association Update
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Chance to win Leadership Academy registration
(All)

The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL) is giving away TWO free registrations to IHCA’s Leadership Academy. Read More »
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Home Health Regional Round Table April 16-17
(HH)

Join Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) leaders at the Home Health Regional Round Table to learn about member benefits and how ICHC can help your agency grow, prosper and exceed quality standards. Read More »
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Promote Careers in Aging Week
(All)

Help grow interest in the long-term care profession by participating in Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) March 3-9. Read More »
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New employee recognition resource
(All)

IHCA/ICAL/ICHC can help you retain and recognize your rock-star employees. Simply participate in our Member Spotlight! 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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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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Recruiting & Retention Workshop, April 24, West Des Moines
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Leadership Academy, June 4-6, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 11, West Des Moines
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SNF Leader's Guide to Occupancy & Mix, April 25, 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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Legislative Update
Payment & Reimbursement
Regulatory
Quality Improvement
Association Update
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