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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 13, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference tomorrow
(AL)

Attend ICAL's Assisted Living (AL) Nurses Conference tomorrow, May 14, in West Des Moines for a comprehensive look at today's AL landscape. Read More »

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Are you ready for PDGM? Join us on Thursday
(HH)

Are you prepared for the most significant changes to impact home health in decades? Join us for a one-day workshop on transitioning to Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) this Thursday, May 16, in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week
(SNF)

This week is National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW)! Take this opportunity to shine a light on the impact of skilled nursing facilities. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Take a stand for long-term care
(All)

Iowa Health Political Action Committee (PAC) showed its strength in 2019. With historic accomplishments made toward addressing funding shortfalls and other measures to improve Iowans’ access to long-term care, your PAC is working. 2020 will be just as important. Learn how you can get involved. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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MCO transition update: Continuity of care, ITC contracting & IHCA recommendations
(All)

As announced earlier this year, UnitedHealthcare is leaving the IA Health Link program, Iowa Total Care (ITC) is joining and Amerigroup will continue to provide coverage. IHCA has information for members regarding continuity of care, Iowa Total Care (ITC) contracting as well as other recommendations for this transition. Read More »

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VA switching skilled services to TriWest
(HH)

The Veterans Administration (VA) is switching to TriWest, a third-party contractor payor, for all their skilled home care services nationwide as of June 6, 2019. Non-skilled services, such as home maker and home health aide, will remain with the local (VA) administration. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Renewal of the HHCCN
(HH)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the Home Health Change of Care (HHCCN) form, CMS-10280. Effective July 1, all home health agencies will be required to use the new form. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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AHCA/NCAL Quality Award notifications begin this month
(NF, SNF)

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Award application notifications for 2019 will be begin at the end of this month. Read More »
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Pledge to reduce hospital readmissions
(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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Earn national recognition
(All)

Recognize the amazing work of caregivers, as well as those who have moved the profession forward by submitting nominations for the ACHA/NCAL award programs. Nominations 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 applications due in 18 days
(All)

Employees of member facilities have 18 days to apply for a chance to win one of 20 $1,500 scholarships from the Iowa Health Care Foundation. Scholarships support continuing health care education. The application deadline is May 31. Read More »

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Member Spotlight
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High school CNA class jumpstarts career
(All)

Megan Swanson took advantage of the CNA class offered by her high school and began a career in long-term care. She enjoys lending an ear to residents and building relationships with them and their families. Megan currently serves as a CNA at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. Read More »
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Association Updates
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Save the date for 2019 Convention
(All)

Mark your calendar for the 2019 IHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 30 - October 2. This is the premier event for the long-term care professional - you won't want to miss. Also, make sure to reserve a sleeping room at the Marriott. Read More »
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Sponsor opportunities - less than 10 booths left
(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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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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New IHCA website coming soon
(All)

Next month, IHCA will be launching a new website to make it even easier for members to find the information they need and will include many new features. Read More »
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Protect all aspects of your business
(All)

Lee Agency specializes in meeting the insurance needs of providers throughout the long-term care (LTC) continuum. Its dedicated service team for LTC clients includes both former and current RN’s, as well as commercial insurance experts. Read More »
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Volume discounts on name brand equipment
(All)

Over 9,300 senior care providers trust Health Purchasing Services (HPSI) for their medical, housekeeping, linen, office supplies, ware washing, pest control, capital equipment, furnishings and dietary products and services needs. This vast membership base results in volume discounts and low prices. 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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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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