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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 27, 2019
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Happening This Week
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PASRR webinar tomorrow
(NF, SNF)

Ascend is providing an Iowa Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Technical Assistance webinar tomorrow (Tuesday, May 28) at 2:00 p.m. Read More »
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Foundation Scholarship applications due Friday
(All)

Employees of member facilities can apply for a chance to win one of 20 $1,500 scholarships from the IHCA Foundation. Scholarships support continuing health care education. The application deadline is this Friday, May 31. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Heightened scrutiny & oversight of antipsychotic use
(NF, SNF)

CMS Administrator Seema Verma is calling the CEOs of some nursing facility chains about their antipsychotic use. Facilities have been flagged if they are on the late adopter list and have received a citation for inappropriate use of psychotropic medications or unnecessary medications on any survey from January 1, 2016 – January 15, 2019 with a scope and severity D or higher. Read More »
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CMS flags facilities with low weekend staffing
(NF, SNF)

CMS has issued guidance describing its intended actions regarding the frequency of days without RN coverage and the significantly lower levels of staffing on weekends in many facilities. Some facilities will be targeted for off-hour surveys. IHCA has been reaching out to Iowa facilities that may be targeted. Read More »

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Payment & Reimbursement
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Livanta Memorandum of Agreement
(NF, SNF, HH)

Livanta has been named Iowa’s new Beneficiary and Family Centered Care – Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO), handling appeals and quality of care complaints. With this transition, facilities will be required to complete, sign and submit a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Read More »
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CMS releases new version of RAI manual
(NF, SNF)

A new version of the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) user’s manual is now available online. Read More »
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Therapy in PDGM webinar
(HH)

Join experts in discussing the results of a survey on how PDGM is expected to impact therapy utilization at the agency level during this free webinar presented by National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) on Tuesday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. – noon. Read More »
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Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program changes
(All)

A May 24 informational letter from Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced changes made to existing prior authorization criteria in Iowa’s Medicaid Pharmacy Program. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Veterans home care call recording available
(HH)

A recording of last Thursday’s conference call with the Veteran Affairs (VA) Home and Community Based Care team is now available on the IHCA website. Read More »
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Reduce hospital readmissions with quality campaign
(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, evaluating and maintaining an effective, ongoing, agency-wide data-driven Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. Read More »

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Fall prevention and investigation resources
(All)

Fall prevention and investigation resources are now available, provided by Constellation and the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. Read More »
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Warm weather may increase elopements
(NF, SNF, AL)

Elopements with large fines have been identified by IHCA and ICAL Survey Committees in the last few months. Warmer weather usually increases resident and tenant urges to leave secured areas of facilities. Read More »
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AHCA/NCAL award deadline next Friday
(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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Free dementia training for your staff
(AL, NF, SNF)

IHCA/ICAL and AHCA/NCAL have partnered with HealthCare Interactive (HCI) to provide a free one-hour module of CARES® Dementia Basics™, a person-centered care online dementia program. Additionally, ICAL has created a resource guide for assisted living (AL) dementia training. Read More »
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Workforce
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New law offers $25M for workforce housing tax credits
(All)

The Empower Rural Iowa Act, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds last Monday, will add $25 million in funding for workforce housing tax credits, targeting them to small city projects, as well as $5 million in extending a grant program used to increase broadband access. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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The hard work is worth it
(All)

Lynette Gaskill was encouraged by her sister to try out a job in long-term care and has worked in a nursing home ever since. Lynette is currently a restorative aide/CNA/certified med aide at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. Read More »
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Association Updates
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New IHCA Member Portal coming in June
(All)

In June, IHCA will be introducing a new website and Member Portal! These new member tools will give members an easy way to access membership benefits online. Your current website password and login will not work with the new website and Member Portal. You will need to set a new password and login in the Member Portal once it is live. 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 it! 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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Summer Quarterly is right around the corner
(All)

It’s hard to believe that June is almost here, which means it’s almost summer time! Join us for our Summer Quarterly Education Conference on June 19 at Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston. 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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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 and NCAL Connections, as well as the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) website. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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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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