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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 20, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Attend tomorrow's SNF Medicare Review class
(SNF)

Nursing facility administrators, directors of nursing, Medicare coordinators and office managers will benefit from this up-close look at Medicare during the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medicare Review class sponsored by Brighton Consulting Group. Read More »
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What you need to know about NF reimbursement
(NF, SNF)

It’s not too late to register for the NF Reimbursement Conference sponsored by Touche! Please note that the location of the event has changed to Noah’s Event Center, located directly across the street from the IHCA office. Read More »
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Veterans home care conference call on Thursday
(HH)

Home health members are invited to join this Thursday’s (May 23) conference call at 11:00 a.m. to speak with the Veteran Affairs (VA) Home and Community Based Care team regarding the transition for veteran home care services on June 6. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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Why contribute to Iowa Health PAC?
(All)

Iowa Health Political Action Committee (PAC) allows IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members to pool their resources together to help to ensure the long-term care continuum is at the table when decisions affecting the profession are made. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Livanta replaces KEPRO for Medicare appeals
(SNF, HH)

As of June 8, 2019, Livanta LLC will replace KEPRO as the organization to whom beneficiaries submit appeals for Medicare determinations by providers. There are steps that providers must take in the coming weeks to ensure beneficiary appeals are submitted properly, otherwise facilities may have to provide Medicare services for which they will not receive payment. Read More »
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2019 NF rates now available
(NF, SNF)

Nursing facility (NF) rates for state fiscal year 2019 are now available on the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) website. Read More »

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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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OASIS collaboration policy sample now available
(HH)

Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) has provided a sample draft of a collaboration policy that members can use or modify to provide guidance on compliant collaboration with other professional disciplines when completing the OASIS assessment. Read More »

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Use CMS guidance to plan for next survey
(NF, SNF)

Nursing facility members may want to review the Long-Term Care Survey Process Procedure Guide recently published by CMS to prepare for their next survey. Read More »
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Free action plans for adverse events
(NF, AL)

The AHCA Survey and Regulatory Committees recently developed tools for nursing facilities (NFs) and assisted living facilities (ALs) to use for identifying potential adverse events and helping to mitigate events that have occurred and may have an impact on residents as well as regulatory compliance. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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IHCA members recognized for quality measures
(NF, SNF)

Many IHCA member facilities are listed on the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC) Honor Roll. This award recognizes a facility’s performance on long-stay quality measures for Nursing Home Compare. Read More »
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Implement an agency-wide QAPI program
(HH)

Starting in June, Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC) will launch a new quality campaign to help providers enhance quality care, which includes developing, implementing, evaluatating and maintaining an effective, ongoing, agency-wide data-driven Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. Read More »

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Apply for an AHCA/NCAL award by June 7
(All)

Recognize the amazing work of caregivers, as well as those who have moved the profession forward by submitting nominations for the AHCA/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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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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Workforce
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Foundation Scholarship applications due in 11 days
(All)

Employees of member facilities have 11 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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Save on your employee benefit plans
(NF, SNF, AL)

Receive exclusive member savings and discounts on a variety of employee health insurance programs through AHCA/NCAL. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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CNA/CMA is dedicated to residents and education
(All)

Elyse Schroeder comes from a long line of long-term caregivers, so it was fitting when she became a CNA at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa. She quickly obtained her obtained her medical assistant certification (CMA) and is now working to complete her RN degree. Read More »
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Association Updates
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New IHCA Member Portal coming soon
(All)

In the next few weeks, IHCA will be introducing a new Member Portal! This new member benefit will give members an easy way to access membership benefits online. Read More »
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IHCA Convention & Trade Show Sept. 30 - Oct.2
(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 & Advertising 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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Spend less on shipping
(NF, SNF, AL)

Enroll in PartnerShip for free and save on FedEx, freight shipments, truckload shipping and time-sensitive deliveries. Read More »
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2008 Ford extended high-top handicap van for sale
(All)

Marian Home and Village in Fort Dodge is selling a 2008 Ford E350 extended high-top handicap van with 47,855 miles for $15,900. 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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SNF Medicare Review, sponsored by Brighton Consulting Group, 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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