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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees June 24, 2019
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Happening This Week
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HCBS Elderly Waiver Review on Tuesday
(AL, RCF)

What home and community-based services (HCBS) policies do you need in place? IHCA’s Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review class for assisted living (AL) facilities and residential care facilities (RCFs) will help you understand the waiver and how to develop a fee structure to allow tenants access to Medicaid programs. Read More »
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Emergency preparedness webinar Thursday
(HH)

ICHC is offering a one-hour webinar on Thursday (June 27) to help home health agencies comply with emergency preparedness requirements. This webinar will be recorded so participants can access it any time until September 30, 2019. A link to the webinar recording will be emailed to participants after the live event takes place. Read More »
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Legislative Update
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SNF VBP bill introduced Friday
(All)

AHCA is working with Congress to shape a bipartisan skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing (SNF VBP) bill. The legislation was introduced in the U.S. House on Friday (June 21). Read More »
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Legal Update
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Update CPR policy in occupancy agreement
(AL)

ICAL has a tool for assisted living (AL) members that includes details to consider when determining whether to offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to tenants. AL providers who decide not to offer CPR should inform tenants and families in the written occupancy agreement upon admission. ICAL has prepared an occupancy agreement addendum for this purpose. Read More »
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Payment & Reimbursement
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Reminder: NF assessment fee increase on July 1
(NF, SNF)

Changes to the quality assurance assessment fee (QAAF) levels for nursing facilities (NF) become effective July 1, 2019. As part of IHCA’s 2018 legislative agenda, the assessment level cap was removed during the 2018 legislative session. IHCA has created a tool for member providers to help calculate the estimated impact to their facility’s cash flows and to plan accordingly. Read More »
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MCO update: ITC transition July 1
(All)

Iowa Total Care (ITC) will begin serving Iowa Health Link members July 1, 2019. IHCA has gathered contact information that will be helpful for members who need assistance or have questions during this transition. Read More »
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Passive managed care enrollment
(AL, HH)

A rule change made last week will improve an area that was identified as one of IHCA’s legislative priorities - More Prompt Approval of Assisted Living Services. The change involves the passive managed care enrollment process that will go into effect on July 1, 2019. Ongoing discussions between ICAL and Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding uncovered services for home and community-based services (HCBS) members after being approved for Medicaid resulted in the adoption of this rule change. Read More »
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Regulatory
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Facility policy for closure required by DIA
(NF, SNF)

Due to recent discussions with the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), IHCA is reminding members about F-tag 846 of the revised Requirements of Participation (RoP). F-tag 846 mandates nursing facilities must have policies and procedures in place to ensure the administrator provides the appropriate notice to residents, responsible parties and families in the event of a facility closure or in the case of termination of a facility’s Medicare and/or Medicaid provider agreement. Read More »

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Workforce
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Attracting veterans to work in LTC
(All)

IHCA has recently partnered with Home Base Iowa to provide IHCA members with resources to help find and attract veteran candidates to fill current job openings. Read More »
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Effective workers' compensation coverage
(All)

Due to current challenges in the industry, long-term care (LTC) facilities are searching for new ways to cut costs. Iowa LTC Risk Management Association, an ECSI partner, is helping Iowa organizations reduce costs by providing workers’ compensation, loss control and other cost-effective coverage. Read More »
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Member Spotlight
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Kaylynn Kruckenburg - Shady Oaks Care Center
(All)

Kaylynn Kruckenburg entered the long-term care profession by taking CNA classes in high school and began at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City in October 2017. She graduated from South Central Calhoun High School this spring and will be pursing her nursing degree at Des Moines Area Community College. She loves interacting with the residents and learning about their life experiences, as well as spending time with her coworkers. 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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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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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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