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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 15, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Home Health Regional Round Tables
(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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Legislative Update
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Budget negotiations continue
(All)

This week's Legislative Update includes details regarding IHCA staff meetings with members of the Senate and House, budget and bill updates, as well as relevant media coverage from the last week. Read More »

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Payment & Reimbursement
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IHCA introduces new QAAF resources
(SNF, NF)

The Quality Assurance Assessment Fee (QAAF) program is changing July 1, 2019, and Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) has developed a new tool for member providers to help calculate the estimated impact to their facility’s cash flows and to plan accordingly. Read More »
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MCO transition update
(All)

Medicaid recipients go through an open enrollment process every year. This year’s open enrollment period has been significantly different than in years past, with the changes in managed care organizations (MCOs). Read More »

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Regulatory
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Five-Star changes resources
(NF, SNF)

Later this month, CMS will publish new Five-Star ratings on its Nursing Home Compare website. AHCA has developed multiple resources that will help you respond to these upcoming changes. Read More »

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Generator guidance from State Fire Marshal's Office
(NF, SNF)

Special Agent in Charge Kyle Gorsh from the State Fire Marshal’s office recently provided the an update from CMS regarding generators. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Deadly fungus outbreak in SNFs in multiple states
(NF, SNF)

A rapidly spreading, drug-resistant disease has been detected in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the U.S., with New York, Illinois and New Jersey each seeing more than 100 cases. Read More »

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Workforce
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Update on Department of Labor proposed rules
(All)

The Department of Labor has recently published Notices of Proposed Rulemaking on overtime threshold, overtime rates and joint employer arrangements. Read More »
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Build and keep your top-tier team
(All)

Learn innovative hiring and retention techniques at the Recruiting and Retention Workshop on April 24 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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$1,500 scholarships available
(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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Internal reward is far greater than any prize
(All)

As the recreational program director at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Burlington, Iowa, Alex V. Keller-Krieger gains a sense of purpose from making a difference in the lives of others. Read More »
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Association Updates
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New education payment system credit card update
(All)

IHCA is developing new website, database, digital invoicing and online education registration systems. Credit cards will remain an option, and will not be required, to register for education events for members in good standing. Members in good standing will have the choice to pay by credit card or to be billed for education, receiving their invoice electronically via email. 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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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 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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Enhance occupancy and mix
(NF, SNF)

Strengthen your current admission and referral processes, and identify opportunities to drive future success at SNF Leader’s Guide to Occupancy and Mix sponsored by PCA Pharmacy on April 25 in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Sponsor opportunities - Act now to save your spot
(Associate Members)

Trade show booths and sponsorships are selling fast for the 2019 IHCA Annual Convention & Trade Show. Check out our updated Sponsorship, Trade Show & Sponsorship Guide to see which booths and sponsorships remain available. 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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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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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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NF Reimbursement Conference, sponsored by Touche, May 22, 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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