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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 4, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Committee hearing and funnel deadline
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This week's legislative update includes details about this Wednesday's U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on elder abuse in nursing homes, as well as updates on state bills and budget targets. Read More »

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Legal Spotlight
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Cannabidiol administration guidance
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IHCA, ICAL and ICHC have developed policy guidance for members in skilled nursing, assisted living and home health on how to manage cannabidiol and cannabis-derivative products in long-term care settings. Read More »

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Payment & Reimbursement
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Home health services billing guidance
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Amerigroup and UnitedHealthCare have both released billing updates regarding home health services.  Read More »
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Corrected claim billing reminder
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New guidance regarding corrected claim submissions has been released by Amerigroup and UnitedHealthCare.  Read More »
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Regulatory
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Handling of contaminated laundry clarified
(SNF, NF)

IHCA has received clarification regarding requirements for handling contaminated laundry and the prohibited use of hoppers in dirty utility rooms to rinse linens prior to delivery to laundry areas. Read More »

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Train infection preventionists now to meet requirement
(SNF, NF)

Phase III Requirements of Participation (ROP) take effect November 28, 2019 and mandate that every nursing facility have a designated and specially trained infection preventionist who is running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. Read More »
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Pet and service animal guidance
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IHCA’s Regulatory and Legal Team has developed guidance on service/assistance animal policies for assisted living facilities. The guidance covers pets, certified service dogs and emotional support or comfort animals. Read More »
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New CMS toolkit available
(SNF, NF)

CMS has announced the availability of the second of three toolkits developed through the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP) - the Nursing Home Employee Satisfaction Survey. Read More »

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New emergency planning toolkit
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A new Capacity-Building Toolkit for emergency planning in aging and disability networks is now available. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Tools for understanding root cause of falls
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Mary Jane Carothers, VP, Quality Improvement & Clinical Affairs at IHCA, has provided guidance on the seriousness of falls and resources on how to identify fall risks. Read More »
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Perfect surveys
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Congratulations to our members who have received a deficiency-free or insufficiency-free survey from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Read More »

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Workforce
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2019 IHCA Foundation scholarship application
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The IHCA Foundation will award up to 20 $1,500 scholarships to employees of IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organizations who are continuing their education in nursing, physical/occupational therapy or health care administration with the intent of working in the long-term services and supports field. Read More »

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Flexible CNA training program available
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Do you want to grow your own clinical workforce? CNAonline.com, an IHCA partner, offers a unique, hybrid training program for nurse aides. Read More »

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Promote Careers in Aging Week
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Help grow interest in the long-term care profession by participating in Careers in Aging Week, happening this week. 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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Upcoming Spring Quarterly Education Conference
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Join us for our Spring Quarterly Education Conference Tuesday, March 26 – Wednesday, March 27 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. Read More »

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LTC Nurse & Administrator Leadership Program
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IHCA's LTC Nurse and Administrator class will take place on March 6-7 and April 17-18. Don’t miss this opportunity to send your leaders to this course as it is only offered one time each year. 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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Home Health Regional Round Table April 16-17
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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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Member Spotlight
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Career in long-term care provides many growth avenues
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Beth Fleming began in the long-term care profession as an activity director immediately after college. She sees long-term care as a great career path due to the unlimited growth and education opportunities. 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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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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Legislative Update
Legal Spotlight
Payment & Reimbursement
Regulatory
Quality Improvement
Workforce
Association Updates
Member Spotlight
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