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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 11, 2019
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Legislative Update
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IHCA member video update
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IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members are invited to watch the latest IHCA Member Update video. IHCA President & CEO Brent Willett shares insights related to the state and federal legislative issues and association updates.
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Committee hearing and first funnel outcomes
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This week's legislative update includes details on last week'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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Payment & Reimbursement
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New tiered rates for HCBS ID postponed
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The Iowa Department of Human Services has notified providers that new daily Supported Community Living (SCL) tiered rates will go into effect March 15, 2019. They were originally planned to go into effect on March 1. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS plans CMPs for high antipsychotic use trends
(NF, SNF)

CMS rolls out increased enforcement for facilities with high antipsychotic numbers. Read More »
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Appendix Q guidance on immediate jeopardy revisions
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Last week CMS released a memorandum that includes revisions to the guidance on citing immediate jeopardy in Appendix Q of the State Operations Manual. These revisions to Appendix Q apply to all provider and supplier types and go into effect immediately. Read More »

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Voluntary discharge and transfer notice update
(AL)

ICAL reached out to the state long-term care ombudsman to confirm that this notice does not apply to assisted living providers. Assisted living facilities are not required to send voluntary transfer information to the ombudsman office. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Five Star changes impact ratings
(NF, SNF)

CMS is making multiple changes to the Five Star Quality Rating System. One of the changes involves the staffing trigger for one-star rating moving from seven days in a quarter to four days in a quarter. 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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Chautauqua CNA pipeline program a win-win
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Long-term care providers need skilled workers. High school students need to build job skills. IHCA member Chautauqua Guest Homes in Charles City has a partnership in place to tackle both these needs. Read More »

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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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Association Updates
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Prepare for new online education registration system
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IHCA encourages members to complete a few steps to help you prepare for the new online education registration system, which will make it easier for you and your staff to register for IHCA education events as a group. 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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Home Health Regional Round Tables April 15-17
(HH)

Join Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) leaders at the Home Health Regional Round Tables to learn about member benefits and how ICHC can help your agency grow, prosper and exceed quality standards. Read More »
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Win a free registration to IHCA's Leadership Academy
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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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Member Spotlight
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Compassion gained from career in long-term care
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Bobbie Weber gave the long-term care profession a chance while working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) because it fit flexibly into her schedule. She currently serves the assistant director of nursing (ADON) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. 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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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 - SOLD OUT - 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, presented by Assisted Living Partners, 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, presented by PCA Pharmacy, April 25, West Des Moines
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PDPM & Restorative Therapy, presented by Key Rehab, 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, presented by Healthcare of Iowa, 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
Payment & Reimbursement
Regulatory
Quality Improvement
Workforce
Association Updates
Member Spotlight
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