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

 

Change in criminal background checks

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding providers of a change, effective July 1, 2010, that affects employee criminal background checks. Beginning July 1, simple misdemeanors under Iowa Code Chapter 321, that involve motor vehicles and laws of the road, are no longer considered crimes requiring evaluation by the DHS.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding providers of a change, effective July 1, 2010, that affects employee criminal background checks. Beginning July 1, simple misdemeanors under Iowa Code Chapter 321, that involve motor vehicles and laws of the road, are no longer considered crimes requiring evaluation by the DHS. The law provides: Section 1. Section 135C.33, subsection 1, Code Supplement 2009, is amended to read as follows:

1.a. For the purposes of this section, the term "crime" does not include offenses under Chapter 321 classified as a simple misdemeanor or equivalent simple misdemeanor offenses from another jurisdiction.

If there is no founded abuse and the only crime is a simple misdemeanor under Iowa Code Chapter 321 or the equivalent simple misdemeanor offenses from another jurisdiction, you do not need to have DHS do an evaluation. The decision on whether that individual may work is up to you and not DHS. To determine whether the crime fits this category, look at the Iowa Criminal History under the Disposition section. If it says IA-Statute "IA321J-2" (or any Code with 321) you should not ask DHS to do an evaluation.