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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 18, 2019
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Legislative Update
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IHCA Legislative Reception next week
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This week's legislative update includes details on IHCA's upcoming Legislative Reception, as well as bill and budget updates. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Iowa Total Care provider manual released
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Iowa Total Care (ITC), Iowa’s newest managed care organization (MCO) option, has released their provider manual. Read More »
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Amerigroup prior authorization process
(HH)

Amerigroup provides an update on a recent issue with the prior authorization request process for home health aide (G0156) services through the online portal. Read More »

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ICF/ID rate updates
(ICF/ID)

Beginning on March 31, 2019, and annually on March 31 thereafter, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) will be sending the rate updates to  intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/ID) providers for changes to the 80th percentile limit and new inflation, which are effective July 1. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Who is your designated infection preventionist?
(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. This requirement is part of Phase III of the Requirements of Participation (ROP). Read More »

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Emergency preparedness resources
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With recent flooding in parts of Iowa, and with spring tornadoes likely on the horizon, now is a good time to take a fresh look at your emergency preparedness plans and resources. Read More »
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Workforce
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Apply now for IHCA Foundation scholarship
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Don’t let your employees miss the chance to apply for one of 20 $1,500 scholarships from the IHCA Foundation to help continue their health care education. The application deadline is May 31. Read More »
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Association Updates
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Get re-energized at Spring Quarterly
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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
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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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AHCA's online ICD-10 training
(SNF)

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has partnered with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to offer two different on-line ICD-10 trainings – one training for coders and a shorter, less intense course for non-coders. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Variety of skill sets needed in long-term care facilities
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Tom Harmsen has a business background and a desire to demonstrate those skills while also directly making the world a better place. In his current role as director of admissions and marketing for Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granger, Iowa – he gets to do both. 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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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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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 14, West Des Moines
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PDGM Workshop for Home Health Agencies, May 15, West Des Moines
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CNA Webinar Series: Improving Lives Delivering Quality Care, Ongoing, Online program
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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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