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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 8, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Apply for a chance to attend Leadership Academy for free
(All)

Apply by this Wednesday, April 10, for the chance to receive a free registration provided by The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL) to IHCA’s Leadership Academy sponsored by Healthcare of Iowa. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Member action needed on nursing home rebase
(All)

This week's Legislative Update includes a call to action for members to reach out to legislators regarding nursing facility rebase. Updates on the budget, bills and recent legislative news stories are included as well. Read More »
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Regulatory
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AHCA-projected Five-Star changes for your facilities
(NF, SNF)

Last week IHCA received AHCA’s projected outcomes for all Iowa facilities with Five-Star changes that are anticipated later this month. The overall picture in Iowa is better than anticipated and better than national trends. Read More »
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Flooding and emergency preparedness resources
(NF, SNF, AL)

ASPR TRACIE (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response – Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange) has provided several resources that may benefit members recovering from or preparing for flooding events. Read More »
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Fire marshal provides door inspection resources
(NF, SNF, AL)

New resources are available for members that have questions on inspecting and maintaining fire doors within their operations to ensure they are complying with CMS requirements. Read More »
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Legal Update
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Revised guidance on citing immediate jeopardy
(All)

CMS recently released revisions to Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy. IHCA’s Regulatory and Legal Team has developed an overview of these revisions for members. Read More »
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Increased focus on copyright enforcement
(NF, SNF, AL)

IHCA recently received notice of increased activity in the enforcement of copyright laws governing the public use of music and movies in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Improve outcomes with ANCC board-certified RNs
(NF, SNF)

New research by AHCA/NCAL was released in March show improved performance outcomes for nursing facilities with at least one RN who is American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board-certified in gerontological nursing. Read More »
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Apply for NCAL and AHCA awards
(NF, SNF, AL)

NCAL and AHCA are now accepting entries for their award programs. These awards honor individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for the residents. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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CMS releases updated PDPM guidance materials
(NF, SNF)

On April 4, CMS released various updated Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) materials. Read More »
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Preparing home health agencies for PDGM success
(HH)

To enable home health leaders to successfully manage the new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) payment landscape, join us for this one-day workshop on May 16 in West Des Moines. Read More »
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AHCA's online ICD-10 training
(SNF)

AHCA has partnered with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to offer two different online ICD-10 trainings – one training for coders and a shorter, less intense course for non-coders. Read More »
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Iowa Total Care manual updates
(All)

Iowa Total Care (ITC), Iowa’s newest managed care organization (MCO) option, has made updates to their provider manual and website. Read More »
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HCBS waiver slot attrition guidelines update
(HCBS Providers)

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) announced the updated protocol for the attrition and reissue of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) slots. Read More »
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Prepare for electronic billing requirement
(All)

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) encourages all providers to start implementing plans to bill electronically now and has updates to their guidance previously released on March 19. Read More »
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Workforce
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Scholarship opportunities for your staff
(All)

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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Member Spotlight
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Career in long-term care makes compassion grow
(All)

At the age of 57, Gwen Gustafson entered the long-term care profession as a CNA at Manilla Manor. She enjoys making new friends with all the residents and hearing their stories. Read More »
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Association Updates
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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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May District Meetings and education
NF, SNF, AL, RCF

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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Member monthly conference calls
(All)

Mark your calendars for IHCA's upcoming informational member conference calls. These calls are open to IHCA, ICAL and ICHC facility and corporate members. Read More »
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National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 12-18
(SNF)

This year, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNC) will be May 12 – 18 with the theme “live soulfully.” The week will provide an opportunity to shine a light on the impact of skilled nursing facilities. Read More »
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Participate in benchmark report
(All)

IHCA members are invited to participate confidentially in the Aon 2019 General and Professional Liability Benchmark for Long-Term Care Providers. All submissions must be received by Monday, April 15. Read More »

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New group purchasing product - Touche
(All)

Touché is a digital platform to assist providers with their admission process, regardless of payor source. The platform will assist in completing all required background checks, completing a Medicaid application, and much more in one easy-to-access location. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
(All)

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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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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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, August 1, Online program
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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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