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Legislative Update
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Second funnel deadline this week
(All)

This week's Legislative Update includes details on the second funnel deadline, bill updates for those still active, as well as a note on the budget. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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QAAF State Plan Amendment approved
(NF)

On March 27, 2019 the Iowa Department of Human Services received an approval letter from CMS regarding Iowa’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) TN:18-024, requesting an update to Iowa’s quality assurance assessment fee (QAAF) program. Read More »
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UnitedHealthcare to depart from IA Health Link
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On March 29, 2019, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) received notice from UnitedHealthcare that they would be leaving the IA Health Link program in the next several months. Read More »
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How to contract with Iowa Total Care
(All)

The Open Choice Period for members in the IA Health Link program began on March 4, 2019. Due to UnitedHealthcare’s departure from the IA Health Link program, announced on March 29, members may select Amerigroup or Iowa Total Care (ITC) as their managed care organization (MCO). Read More »

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Amerigroup home health aide prior authorization requirement removed
(HH)

Amerigroup's member newsletter that was sent last Friday contained information about authorization requirements for home health aide (G0156). Claims for home health aide services provided after March 1 should not be denied for not having an authorization. Read More »
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Change in provider enrollment application fee
(All)

The application fee required by Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) for certain newly enrolling and re-enrolling providers for calendar year 2019 is $586. Read More »

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Payment dispute system for CBP denials
(All)

Amerigroup members who are experiencing CBP denials (primary carrier information required) should use the payment dispute system per Amerigroup’s provider manual. Read More »

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Regulatory
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CMS releases transmittals to update manuals
(HH)

CMS released two transmittals on March 22 that update CMS manuals to reflect changes made by the CY2019 Home Health Final Rule. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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ATTENTION: Your Five-Star Rating may change
(NF, SNF)

Several recent updates to all three components of the Five-Star Rating System will cause your star rating to change. Participate in an AHCA webinar on Monday, April 8 to learn more about these important updates. Read More »

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Workforce
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Scholarship opportunities for your staff
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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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May District Meetings and education
(All)

The May IHCA and ICAL District Meetings, sponsored by HPSI Purchasing Services and Amerigroup Real Solutions, include education for your entire team and will focus on staff recruitment, retention and training, as well as tools they need to navigate this new landscape. Meetings and education are now available in five locations across the state and include more CEUs. Read More »

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New group purchasing product - Touche
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IHCA is excited to announce a new company, Touché, that was recently endorsed by our group purchasing program. Read More »

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Preparing home health agencies for PDGM success
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To enable home health leaders to successfully manage the new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) payment landscape, we invite you to join us for a one-day workshop on May 16 in West Des Moines. 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
(All)

The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL) is giving away TWO free registrations to IHCA’s Leadership Academy sponsored by Healthcare of Iowa, which begins on June 4, 2019. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Long-term care: A family affair
(All)

As a current LPN charge nurse at Hubbard Care Center in Hubbard, Iowa, Danielle Kinnetz has a chance to care for those no longer able to care for themselves. The facility is thankful for her abilities, as well as the fact that she recruited both her son, Owen, and mother, Marilyn, to work at the facility as CNAs.  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 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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SW District Education, sponsored by HPSI and Amerigroup RealSolutions, May 6, Atlantic
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NW District Education, sponsored by HPSI and Amerigroup RealSolutions, May 7, Storm Lake
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NE District Education, sponsored by HPSI and Amerigroup RealSolutions, May 8, Cedar Falls
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SE District Education, sponsored by HPSI and Amerigroup RealSolutions, May 9, West Liberty
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Central District Education, sponsored by HPSI and Amerigroup RealSolutions, May 10, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 14, West Des Moines
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CNA Webinar Series: Improving Lives Delivering Quality Care, May 15, Online program
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PDGM Workshop for Home Health Agencies, May 16, West Des Moines
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SNF Medicare Review, May 21, 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 are available for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.
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