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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees April 29, 2019
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Legislative Update
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Historic $23.4 million in funding for NF rebase passes Iowa Legislature
(All)

The Iowa Legislature adjourned sine die Saturday, wrapping up a successful session for the long-term care (LTC) profession, including reaching consensus to include $23.4 million in state funding for nursing facility (NF) rebase in the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget. This legislative update also includes other LTC priority initiatives successfully completed this session, as well as details on another nursing home hearing to be held by Senator Grassley. Read More »

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Happening This Week
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PDPM and Restorative Therapy Workshop tomorrow
(NF, SNF)

It is not too late to register for tomorrow’s workshop sponsored by Key Rehab that will help you prepare for the transition to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and determine how to best document and maintain goals achieved from therapy services under PDPM. Read More »

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MDS 3.0 training for beginners and intermediates
(NF, SNF)

Skilled nursing facility and nursing facility personnel who are actively involved with the completion of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) process should attend one or both of our MDS 3.0 trainings this Wednesday and Thursday. Read More »
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Leadership Academy spots filling up fast
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Apply for IHCA’s Leadership Academy sponsored by Healthcare of Iowa before tomorrow's deadline, and strengthen your leadership skills with this essential training.
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Time to register for district education
(NF, SNF, AL)

IHCA is bringing a national expert to your area who will offer education on person-centered care within the new Requirements of Participation (RoP). You and your staff should not miss out on the guidance for complex regulations that will be offered next week at IHCA’s five district education events, sponsored by HPSI and Amerigroup. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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MCO transition update: UnitedHealthcare FAQ
(All)

Due to its departure from the IA Health Link program, UnitedHealthcare has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents to assist members in their transition to another managed care organization (MCO). Read More »
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Regulatory
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CMS immediate jeopardy protocol feedback needed
(NF, SNF)

If your facility has received an immediate jeopardy (IJ) citation since April 1, 2019 that was not handled according to the new Appendix Q criteria, please contact IHCA. 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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Workforce
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Your chance to win $1,500
(All)

The IHCA Foundation will award up to 20 $1,500 scholarships to employees of IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organizations who are continuing their health care education. Read More »

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Fountain West and Drake University partnership
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For nearly 20 years, IHCA member Fountain West has partnered with Drake University to connect Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students with residents. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Nursing facility becomes second home to employee
(All)

Mary Rasmussen began working at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa to help her family financially. The plan was to work there for six months and quit once the bills were caught up. However, the facility became a second home to her, and over 40 years later, she can still be found at Manilla Manor, enjoying her coworkers and the residents. Read More »
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Association Updates
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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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Protect your facility, employees and business
(All)

IHCA’s group purchasing program, ECSI, has a competitively priced insurance and risk management program available through Independent Insurance Services. 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, ID/DD Digest and NFP News, as well as the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) website. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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