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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 25, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Legislative Update: House bills and budget targets
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Subcommittee and committee work continued last week as the approaching March 8 funnel deadline nears. The House passed bills relating to spousal allowance for Medicaid and dependent adult abuse and released budget targets. Read More »

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Upcoming Event
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LTC Nurse & Administrator Leadership Program
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The IHCA Board of Directors identified the training of new administrators and directors of nursing (DONs) as one of their top priorities, and IHCA responded by offering the LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program. Don’t miss this opportunity to send your leaders to this four-day course beginning next week, March 6-7. It is only offered one time each year! Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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MCO reassignment and ITC contracting process
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With the addition of Iowa Total Care (ITC) as a Managed Care Organization (MCO) option, all members in the IA Health Link program will be receiving a mailing with MCO assignment letters from the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) in the month of March. Read More »

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HCBS waiver client participation
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Assisted living providers are beginning to see their tenants on Medicaid requiring “client participation” for the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Elderly waiver. Read More »
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FIPS codes on home health claims
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All home health agencies must include value code 85 and the associated Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code on the request for anticipated payment and final claim, a requirement that went into effect January 1, 2019. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Reynolds announces cabinet appointments
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Gerd Clabaugh will remain the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Larry Johnson Jr. will serve as Iowa’s next director of the Department of Inspection and Appeals (DIA), effective March 1, 2019.  Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Tell IHCA about your perfect survey
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Let IHCA know if your facility has recently received a perfect survey from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Read More »

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Workforce
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Nurse loan repayment program application available
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The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is providing loan repayment assistance to professional registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses (APRNs) by paying up to 85 percent of their unpaid nursing education debt.
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Careers in Aging Week March 3
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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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Association Updates
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Good news stories needed
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We know that good things happen in long-term care every single day. Share your good news stories with the IHCA. Read More »
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Email spam alert
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IHCA has been alerted that some members have received invoice emails from the IHCA that are spam. Please be advised that IHCA has not emailed invoices to you unless you have specifically requested one. Read More »
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Chance to win Quarterly Conference registration
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The Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP) is offering a chance for your activity director to win a FREE registration to the IHCA Spring Quarterly Conference. Read More »
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Chance to win Leadership Academy registration
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The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL) is giving away TWO free registrations to IHCA’s Leadership Academy. Read More »
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Timely risk management advice from HealthCap
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HealthCap is endorsed by AHCA/NCAL and is the premier program solely dedicated to providing liability insurance to senior care communities. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Manilla Manor DON uses career to give back
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Dawn Berrier fell into the long-term care profession through an old friend when she moved to a small town. She is now the director of nursing (DON) at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa and has worked in long-term care for over four decades. 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 - 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 - SOLD OUT, NEW DATES ADDED - March 12-13, West Des Moines
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ICD-10 Coding Essentials for Post-Acute Care, March 14-15, 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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Recruiting & Retention Workshop, April 24, West Des Moines
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SNF Leader's Guide to Occupancy & Mix, April 25, West Des Moines
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PDPM & Restorative Therapy, April 30, West Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, 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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