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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 6, 2019
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Happening This Week
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District education coming to you this week
(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 covered this week. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Governor signs bill appropriating $23.4 million for NF rebase
(All)

On Friday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed HF766, which appropriates $23.4 million for nursing facility (NF) rebase. This is the largest increase in recent memory, taking a very important step forward toward closing the significant NF Medicaid funding shortfall faced by the profession. Read More »

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Iowa Health PAC campaign begins
(All)

Last week we reported that the state legislative session had adjourned, with the completion of legislative accomplishments to support long-term care in Iowa. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the support of Iowa Health Political Action Committee (PAC). Read More »

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Legal Spotlight
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Pet and service animal guidance now available
(AL)

IHCA’s Regulatory and Legal Team has developed guidance on service/assistance animal policies for assisted living facilities. The guidance covers pets, certified service dogs and emotional support or comfort animals.
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Payment & Reimbursement
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MCO transition update: ITC provider training
(All)

Iowa Total Care (ITC), the state’s newest managed care organization (MCO), will begin serving members on July 1, 2019 and is offering provider orientation training beginning today through June 6. Sessions will be offered in nine different locations throughout the state. Read More »

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New NF Medicaid cost report
(NF, SNF)

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) informed providers of revisions made to the Financial and Statistical Report (cost report). These revisions come after Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) considered feedback from providers. The updated cost report and instructions are now available and can be downloaded from the DHS website. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Five-Star Rating changes explained
(NF, SNF)

The new Five-Star Rating data is now available for review through the CMS QIES System. IHCA’s analysis found that 38% of members saw a drop in their star rating. While this is alarming and difficult for many individual members, Iowa facilities still outperform the national average. Iowa continues to have 52.2% of all facilities rated as either four-star or five-star, compared to the national rate of 42.7%. Read More »
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DIA program coordinator reassignments
(NF, SNF)

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has released the details for bureau chief and program coordinator reassignments. Read More »
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Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program changes
(All)

In an April 30 informational letter, Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced multiple modifications to the Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program. 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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ICHC to launch quality campaign
(HH)

Starting in June, Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) will launch a new quality campaign to help providers differentiate their home health agency by further enhancing care quality. Read More »
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AHCA and 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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Foundation scholarship application due end of May
(All)

Employees of member facilities have less than a month to apply for a chance to win one of 20 $1,500 scholarships from the Iowa Health Care Foundation to put toward continuing their health care education. Read More »

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National Nurses Week May 6-12
(All)

With attention focused on nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12, it’s an ideal time to celebrate your nursing staff and all they do for your facility, as well as promote the nursing profession. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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A facility becomes family
(All)

Dawn Feucht joined the long-term care profession at age 16 as a CNA. Forty-one years later, she is an LPN staff nurse at Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer, Iowa who values the family atmosphere within the facility. Read More »
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MasterCare bathtub for sale
(ALL)

Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake notified IHCA of a MasterCare bathtub for sale. 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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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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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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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 19, Urbandale
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, June 25, 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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