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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 17, 2019
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Happening This Week
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Summer Quarterly Conference Wednesday
(All)

Attention nursing facility administrators – this is a license renewal year! Don’t wait until the end of 2019 to earn all your CEUs. Take advantage of IHCA's Summer Quarterly Conference sponsored by Northwest Respiratory Services, attend the wide variety of sessions and earn your CEUs now! Read More »
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LTC 360
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Quality care and trends in Iowa
(All)

LTC 360 provides a 360-degree view of long-term care in Iowa in under 3 minutes and 60 seconds. In this edition, IHCA President and CEO Brent Willett discusses the exciting news of Iowa receiving the most Bronze - Commitment to Quality Awards in 2019 and why Iowa facilities are being recognized for their quality efforts. 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. Please consider making an Iowa Health PAC contribution to help improve Iowans' access to long-term care. Read More »
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Regulatory
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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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NF Survey Trend Report available
(NF, SNF)

IHCA’s Nursing Facility (NF) Survey Results report for May is now available on the IHCA website. IHCA compiles this monthly report of the five most frequently cited tags and most common citations as a resource for members when planning for future surveys. Read More »
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Compliance and ethics program resources
(NF, SNF)

After November 28, 2019, nursing facilities will receive survey deficiencies for not having effective compliance and ethics programs. To prepare for this upcoming deadline, IHCA/AHCA is supplying members with resources to assist in developing and maintaining these programs. Read More »
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Bedrails may require physician orders
(NF, SNF)

After receiving recent reports of surveyors requiring physician orders for the use of bedrails on resident beds, IHCA reached out to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) for clarification. Based on the information received, IHCA has provided guidance and supplied several tools and resources regarding bedrails. Read More »
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Emergency preparedness webinar June 27
(HH)

ICHC is offering a one-hour webinar on June 27 to help home health agencies comply with emergency preparedness requirements. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Updated Livanta contact information
(HH, NF, SNF)

On June 8, Livanta replaced KEPRO and now handles appeals and quality of care complaints. Livanta has instituted a dedicated phone number for providers. IHCA has been working with Livanta to provide members with the latest transition updates. Read More »
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Avoid "Return to Provider" status
(NF, SNF)

Accurate ICD-10 coding is important to the success of your Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) implementation. You want your team to get the data correct the first time to ensure appropriate resident case-mix classification, patient care and to avoid “Return to Provider” notices when seeking reimbursement. IHCA/ACHA is offering coder and non-coder versions of online, self-paced ICD-10 training that will increase your team's coding proficiency. Read More »
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MCO transition update: Retaining your CBCM
(All)

IHCA has been working with Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to keep its members updated on the latest managed care organization (MCO) transition news. Medicaid members wanting to keep their current community-based care managers (CBCMs) after the transition should call Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) to find out which MCO for which their CBCM is working. 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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Coding specific Section GG items tutorials
(HH, NF, SNF)

IHCA is pleased to share short video tutorials to assist with coding select Section GG items on the Outcome Assessment Information Set (OASIS), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI), Long-Term Care Hospital Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (LTCH CARE) Data Set and the Minimum Data Set (MDS). Read More »
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Quality Improvement
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Take the Quality Pledge 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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Care Innovation: Dance like nobody's watching
(All)

This spring marked the 19th year that IHCA member Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine, Iowa hosted a prom for their residents and students from the local high school. Read More »
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A comfortable environment for residents and families
(AL, NF, SNF)

Creating a relaxing and peaceful environment in your facility is important when making residents and their families feel at home and at ease. As an IHCA member, you can receive special pricing on music, on-hold messaging and scent services, thanks to ECSI partner Mood Media. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Sylvia Bandow - Manilla Manor
(All)

A job at a nursing facility was one of the few employment opportunities available in Sylvia Bandow’s hometown, so she gave it a shot. She quickly developed a love for serving the elderly and hearing their stories. Almost four decades later, Sylvia serves as the administrator of Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. Read More »
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Association Updates
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Nominations open: 2019-2020 board candidates
(All)

The 2019-2020 board 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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New website & portal coming soon
(All)

IHCA will soon be introducing a new website and Member Portal! The new website and portal will bring you many exciting features and benefits. 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. 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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What day would you prefer to receive the Member Bulletin?
(All)

To ensure IHCA is effectively communicating with our members, please complete a survey indicating when you would prefer to receive the Member Bulletin. Read More »
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For Sale
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Wheelchair lift minibus - low mileage
(All)

Access Institute, a non-profit organization in Idaho, has a surplus wheelchair lift minibus for sale with 39,900 miles for $21,900. 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 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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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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