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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 22, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Recruiting and Retention Workshop this Wednesday
(All)

If recruiting and retaining is a priority for your facility, this is an education event you should not miss. Register today for IHCA’s Recruiting and Retention Workshop on Wednesday in West Des Moines. Read More »

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Occupancy and mix education this Thursday
(NF, SNF)

It’s not too late to register for SNF Leader’s Guide to Occupancy and Mix sponsored by PCA Pharmacy. Learn how to strengthen your current admission and referral processes and identify opportunities for future success. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Budget negotiations heat up
(All)

As the legislative session begins to wrap up, this week's Legislative Update includes budget updates, details on a legislative alert sent to members on Friday, news regarding a hospice bill, recent legislative news stories and more. Read More »

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LTC 360
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CMS updates and quality care initiatives
(All)

LTC 360 is a new video resource from IHCA, providing a 360-degree view of long-term care in Iowa in under 3 minutes and 60 seconds. In this edition, IHCA President and CEO Brent Willett discusses the latest updates from CMS and quality care initiatives in Iowa.
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Proposed CMS rule increases SNF payments 2.5%
(NF, SNF)

CMS released the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) fiscal year (FY) 2020 proposed rule on Friday, which includes a net market basket increase at 2.5%. This is the rule that controls Medicare payments starting on October 1, 2019. Read More »
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MCO transition update: Iowa Total Care FAQ
(All)

IHCA recently received the answers from Iowa Total Care (ITC) on questions commonly asked by providers. Read More »
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Case-Mix Indices quarterly rate adjustments
(NF, SNF)

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) is implementing a new schedule of Case-Mix Indices (CMIs) used in quarterly rate updates in order to notify providers and managed care organizations (MCOs) of Medicaid fee-for-services (FFS) reimbursement changes. IHCA supported and worked with Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to make these changes. Read More »
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Annual provider training sessions
(All)

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has released details on the provider training sessions facilitated by Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME). Read More »
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Calculate estimated impact to facility cash flow
(NF, SNF)

The Quality Assurance Assessment Fee (QAAF) program is changing July 1, 2019, and Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) has a 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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Survey: Impact of PDGM on therapy services
(HH)

Please take three minutes of your time to complete a short but important survey on PDGM and therapy services from National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). Your feedback will help build a better understanding on the effects of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
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AHCA's online ICD-10 training
(NF, 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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Regulatory
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Are you ready for Phase III of the RoP?
(NF, SNF, AL)

Receive Requirements of Participation (RoP) training from a national expert at IHCA's district education events. This four-hour training program will put you and your staff on the right path to success with person-centered care under the new RoP. Read More »

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Five-Star preview reports available now
(NF, SNF)

Your new Five-Star data is now available for review through the CMS QIES System. Instructions on how to access your preview report is available on the ahcancalED Five-Star website. Read More »

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Emergency preparedness survey questions
(HH)

Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) has received a list of frequently asked survey questions for home health agencies related to emergency preparedness from the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA). Home health members are encouraged to review these questions to prepare for future surveys. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Perfect survey
(All)

Congratulations to our members who received deficiency-free or insufficiency-free surveys from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Read More »

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AHCA/NCAL award nominations
(All)

Nominations for the ACHA/NCAL award programs are now open, and members are strongly encouraged to nominate those who go above and beyond to provide exceptional service in the long-term care industry. Read More »
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100 Great Iowa Nurses
(All)

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses of 2019 have been announced, including seven nurses working in long-term care IHCA member facilities. The 15th annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration honoring these individuals will be held on May 5, 2019. Read More »
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Workforce
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Deadline approaching for scholarship applications
(All)

Complete IHCA Foundation scholarship applications with all requirements must be submitted by May 31, 2019. IHCA Foundation scholarships exist to help long-term care employees continue their education in health care. Read More »

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Member Spotlight
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The best part: Acknowledgement from residents
(All)

Colleen Conrad began her career in long-term care in the laundry department after her friend encouraged her to work at the local nursing home. Now, as a certified nursing/medical assistant at Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer, Iowa, Colleen enjoys making a difference in the lives of residents. Read More »

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Association Updates
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New NF admission platform
(All)

Don't let collection issues result in write offs of hundreds - or thousands - of account receivables. Touché is designed to catch the causes of those write-offs instead of waiting for the inevitable non-collectible issues to arise. Read More »
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IHCA member preferred product spotlight
(All)

HealthCap is a preferred provider of liability insurance for our association members, endorsed by AHCA/NCAL. HealthCap is owned and governed by the long-term care providers HealthCap insures. Read More »
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Assisted living education resources
(AL)

Are you familiar with NCAL ED or CE Solutions? Both are great options for bringing education into your assisted living communities for your team. Read More »
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National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 12-18
(SNF)

This year, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) 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 Workshop, June 12, 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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