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

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In this issue:
Regulatory
•  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
Awards
•  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
Education
•  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
Resources
•  Free consumer education materials
•  Featured Associate Member

 

Driving for Quality Care RV Tour to make Iowa stop

AHCA/NCAL launched the Driving for Quality Care RV Tour this week! The tour will criss cross the country, holding 60 events in 40 states, including Davenport, Iowa in August. Find out how you can sign the petition urging Congress to act and help give seniors the support they need.

AHCA/NCAL launched the Driving for Quality Care RV Tour last week! The tour will criss cross the country, holding 60 events in 40 states. At each event, attendees will be invited to sign a 4ft x 60ft traveling petition urging Congress to act and help give seniors the support they need.

The RV Tour will make a stop in Davenport, IA, on August 13. IHCA ICAL SE Districts members are asked to mark their calendar and plan to attend. We'll have more details as the date approaches.

The RV's first stop was the Methodist Home in Washington, D.C. to ask for the Congressional passage of emergency Medicaid relief and support quality care for our nation’s seniors. These funds, known as FMAP, are a critical safety net for protecting seniors and the jobs of the front line caregivers. Bruce Yarwood, AHCA President and CEO; Veronica Damesyn, the Washington D.C. affiliate; and Sandy Douglass, the Methodist Home administrator, all expressed how essential these funds are for providing quality care to residents. As they spoke, supporters stood beside them in front of the Driving For Quality Care RV, holding handmade signs asking Americans to protect our nation’s seniors. After the remarks were finished, a line immediately formed as family members, residents, and caregivers in attendance stepped up to sign the petition.

Stay connected with the people on the road through this interactive website, where you can sign the petition, read blog posts about every event, and watch RV TV with exclusive video and interviews.