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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 3, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Therapy in PDGM webinar tomorrow
(HH)

Join experts in discussing the results of a survey on how the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is expected to impact therapy utilization at the agency level during a free webinar presented by National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. – noon. Read More »
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AHCA/NCAL award applications due 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 due Friday, 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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Legislative Update
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Governor vetoes medical marijuana expansion bill
(All)

On May 24, Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed HF 732, legislation that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana program, due to concern over increasing potency of available products. Read More »
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Regulatory
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IMPORTANT mandatory reporter training changes
(All)

Beginning July 1, 2019, Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will take over the responsibilities for mandatory reporter training, due to legislative changes (HF 731). Any current approval/provider numbers issued through the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be void on June 30, 2019.  IDPH will not be renewing any approval/provider numbers due to this change. Read More »
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Emergency response tabletop exercise
(All)

Safeguard Iowa Partnership is facilitating a tabletop exercise on June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Polk County Emergency Management Agency. Read More »
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Legal Update
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Understanding employee role in survey process
(AL, HH, NF, SNF)

IHCA’s Regulatory and Legal Team has developed guidance on interacting with a surveyor. Read More »

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Payment & Reimbursement
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Submit new MOA to avoid survey deficiencies
(HH, NF, SNF)

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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MCO transition update: ITC news
(All)

Iowa Total Care (ITC), Iowa’s newest managed care organization (MCO), has updates regarding contracting, claims testing and a change in tomorrow’s provider training location. Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Veterans home care transition resources
(HH)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is switching to TriWest, a third-party contractor payor, for all their skilled home care services nationwide this Thursday (June 6). TriWest has provided resources to assist with this transition. Read More »
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Is your ICD-10 coding ready for PDPM?
(NF, SNF)

Accurate ICD-10 coding and documentation are important to the success of your Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) implementation. Have you taken steps to evaluate your team’s coding proficiency? Register now for the coder or non-coder version of online, self-paced ICD-10 training. Read More »
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PASRR provider webinar series
(NF, SNF)

Ascend is providing a webinar series this summer geared specifically toward different aspects of the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process for a variety of roles. Read More »
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New LTC Trend Tracker report
(AL, NF, SNF)

LTC Trend Tracker now has a new and improved report that gives users a dynamic look inside the data that the tool has to offer. The new SNF Quality Measures Report includes data from Discharge to Community, Quality Metrics, Five-Star and more. Read More »

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Member Spotlight
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A wide variety of roles in long-term care
(All)

Jamie Raymond was looking for a steady position in a reliable line of work when she discovered a fulfilling career in long-term care. In her current role in environmental services and as a dietary aide at Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa, she has come to consider the residents as family and values the impact her co-workers have had on her. Read More »
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Workforce
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Reduce employee absenteeism
(All)

IHCA has partnered with HealthiestYou, a subsidiary of Teladoc Health, to provide members with a virtual healthcare benefit you can offer your employees and their families. Read More »

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Association Updates
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Nominations open: 2019-2020 board candidates
(All)

The 2019-2020 election cycle has officially opened for members in good standing. Those interested in running for office or nominating a candidate for any of the IHCA, ICAL or ICHC board seats must submit their name and short bio by August 1. Read More »
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Website & portal changes: What you need to know
(All)

This month IHCA will be introducing a new website and Member Portal! 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. Stay tuned for an email from IHCA announcing when the new website and portal are available. Instructions will be provided for resetting login credentials. Read More »
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Summer Quarterly Conference on June 19
(All)

Do you know how the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will affect the admissions and assessments processes? Are you in the know with the “new” infection control regulations? Do you understand the difference between independent living and assisted living? These questions and more will be answered during the Summer Quarterly Conference on June 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston. Read More »
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Sponsor opportunities - four 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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Save on utility expenses
(AL, NF, SNF)

IHCA/AHCA have partnered with APPI Energy and Cleary Energy to provide significant utility savings for its members. Take advantage of this member benefit and have your utility bill audited and receive energy consulting. 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, NCAL Connections, Not for Profit (NFP) News and ID/DD Digest, 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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