IHCA Bulletin - 07/06/2010  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Change in criminal background checks
•  New from CMS
•  Be prepared: Review flood disaster plans now!
Health Care Reform
•  Federal agencies issue "Grandfather" rule
•  Seek support for Medicaid Reform
•  Resources on Medicare bundling pilot program
•  Health insurance reform and consumer protection rule released
National News
•  AHCA this week
•  Driving for Quality Care RV Tour to make Iowa stop
•  Iowa recipients of AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards
•  Iowa CNAs shine at NAHCA annual convention
•  Your programs and people are winners! Nominate them today!
Health Information Technology
•  Watch for Iowa e-Health assessment in e-mail
•  Don't be left in the dark on MDS and health care reform
•  Now's the time to get AL management certified
•  AHCA/NCAL convention early bird registration ends July 21
•  Free consumer education materials
•  Featured Associate Member


Seek support for Medicaid Reform

Bill to assist high-volume Medicaid nursing homes being considered. Contact your Congressman now!

The Nursing Home Patient & Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 (H.R. 5457) would assist high-volume Medicaid nursing homes by adopting several provisions, which had been included in the House-passed health care reform bill (H.R. 3962). Specifically, the bill would seek to provide a short term supplemental payment program for nursing facilities with a large Medicaid population; require State Medicaid programs to submit to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) the annual provider payment rates for furnishing covered services, which the Secretary would review for sufficiency; and require State Medicaid programs to submit information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) each year regarding the determination of payment rates for providers of covered services. For more information see AHCA's issue brief.  Members are asked to contact their members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor the legislation.