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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 10, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Register for next week's Summer Quarterly
(All)

Don’t miss your chance to attend IHCA’s Summer Quarterly Conference. Register this week for next Wednesday’s event in Johnston. This is your chance to learn more about how the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will affect the admissions and assessments processes, the “new” infection control regulations, the difference between independent living and assisted living and more. Read More »
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Activity professionals workshop Wednesday
(AL, NF, SNF)

Join us this Wednesday (June 12) for our Activity Professionals Workshop in West Des Moines, sponsored by Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP). Read More »
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VA MISSION Act webinar this Thursday
(AL, NF, SNF)

IHCA members who want to learn more about the VA MISSION Act are encouraged to participate in a webinar this Thursday (June 13) noon – 1:30 p.m. The webinar is held by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and AHCA and will offer information on the VA MISSION Act that was signed into law last year and must be implemented by this month, as well as the upcoming changes for community providers. Read More »
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AHCA/NCAL Awards deadline extended to Friday
(AL, NF, SNF)

The deadline to submit nominations for the AHCA/NCAL Awards has been extended to this Friday (June 14). Read More »
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Regulatory
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IMPORTANT: DHS mandatory reporter training
(All)

Beginning July 1, 2019, Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will take over the responsibilities for mandatory reporter training. Any current approval/provider numbers issued through the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be void on June 30, 2019. Visit the DHS website for the latest updates on this change. Read More »
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IMPORTANT: OIG emergency preparedness audits
(NF, SNF)

IHCA has been notified by Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has authorized and is conducting audits of nursing home compliance with the life safety code and emergency preparedness requirements. The OIG will begin auditing 20 unidentified Iowa nursing homes later this month or early July. Read More »
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DIA program coordinator assignment map
(NF, SNF)

IHCA members can now access a map of Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) program coordinator reassignments, boundaries and distribution of Polk county facilities obtained by IHCA. Read More »
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New emergency preparedness law benefits SNFs
(NF, SNF)

IHCA members will benefit from new emergency preparedness legislation. Under a new law, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are now at the same level as acute-care hospitals for power restoration and inclusion of nursing facilities in pre-disaster emergency planning. Read More »
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Test your emergency planning efforts
(AL, NF, SNF)

IHCA is pleased to share an emergency planning resource for its members. 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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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. IHCA has been working with Livanta to obtain information on this transition. Facilities will be required to complete, sign and submit a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Read More »
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PDGM video and webinar series
(HH)

ICHC, in partnership with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), is offering a collection of Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) resources. Read More »
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New CMS Medicare Learning Network booklet
(NF, SNF)

IHCA encourages members to read the new CMS Medicare Learning Network booklet - Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Complying with Medicare Billing Requirements. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Join the ICHC Quality Campaign today
(HH)

The ICHC Quality Campaign is now accepting pledges! Participate in this effort to focus on quality efforts that make a meaningful difference in enhancing the quality of care of your patients. Read More »
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Iowa #1 in national LTC quality awards
(AL, NF, SNF)

IHCA announced last week that Iowa ranked first in the nation for receiving the most awards for long-term care (LTC) quality in a nationwide awards competition. Forty-five Iowa long-term care facilities were recognized by AHCA/NCAL with the 2019 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, which encompassed 590 long-term and post-acute care providers in 48 states. Read More »

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20 LTC professionals graduate from Leadership Academy
(All)

Twenty Iowa long-term care (LTC) professionals graduated from the IHCA Leadership Academy last week in West Des Moines. Read More »
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Rural caregiver survey
(HH)

ICHC member agencies serving rural patients are encouraged to complete a short survey. The survey is soliciting input about a free toolkit to help rural health care organizations better serve the unpaid family caregivers of aging or ill loved ones. Read More »
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Webinar on older adults with complex pain
(All)

IHCA encourages members to participate in a webinar discussing promising practices for supporting dually eligible older adults with complex pain care needs on June 27 from 10:30 a.m. – noon. The webinar is hosted by CMS Resources for Integrated Care. 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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Efficiently manage satisfaction surveys

Take advantage of ECSI partner BCG Research’s expertise when it comes to administering and managing your resident and employee surveys. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Amy Loera - Wellington Place
(All)

Amy Loera began as a CNA while in college with the intention of becoming a social worker in long-term care. She now serves as the admissions coordinator at Wellington Place in Decorah where she builds relationships with residents. 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 a nomination form by August 1. 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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Care Innovation: "Tuesdays with Stories"

Last month IHCA member Iowa Masonic Health Facilities and three classes of eighth-grade Bettendorf Middle School students completed “Tuesdays with Stories,” an intergenerational history project. Read More »
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For sale: 10 beds
(All)

IHCA member Twilight Acres is selling 10 beds, some brand-new and still in the box. 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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Activity Professionals Workshop, sponsored by ICAP, June 12, West Des Moines
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, sponsored by Northwest Respiratory Services, June 19, Johnston
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, June 25, West Des Moines
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LTC Dietary Conference, sponsored by Martin Bros., July 16, West Des Moines
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Dementia Care Conference featuring Teepa Snow, sponsored by Senior Helpers, July 24, Johnston
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LTC Legal Conference, July 31, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Qualification Course, August 1, West Des Moines
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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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