IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 17, 2013
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From DIA: Update on new TB screening rules
(NF, RCF)
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) adopted new Tuberculosis (TB) Screening rules [481 IAC 59] that outline requirements and procedures to conduct TB screenings for health care workers, as well as residents of health care facilities. The chapter details the screening process to be used, the risk classifications, and who may conduct TB screenings. The new chapter was substantially written by the Department of Public Health and is designed to bring Iowa into compliance with TB screening recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Chapter 481—59 Tuberculosis (TB) Screening became effective on March 26, 2013, following a 70-day delay by the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC). During the delay, the Department worked with health care providers, the Public Health Department, and other stakeholders to clarify the circumstances under which volunteers must be tested or screened for TB. This clarification of the definition of “health care worker” was filed Emergency with Notice, and became effective on March 26, 2013, the same day as the rest of Chapter 59.
 
DIA also recently amended Iowa Administrative Code chapters 481—57, “Residential Care Facilities"; 481—58, “Nursing Facilities”; 481—62, “Residential Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Illness”; 481—63, “Residential Care Facilities for the Intellectually Disabled”; and 481—65, “Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Illness”. Amendments to these chapters, which became effective on May 8, 2013, made technical changes corresponding to the adoption of the TB screening rules. 
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ICAC Renewal Program (MDS 3.0 Re-Certification), June 26, West Des Moines
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NW District Education, July 9, Storm Lake 
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NE District Education, July 11, Waterloo
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SE District Education, July 16, West Liberty
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LTC Compliance Programs, July 17, 10:00 a.m., webinar
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SW District Education, July 18, Atlantic 
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INTERACT Boot Camp, July 23, Coralville 
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INTERACT Boot Camp, July 24, West Des Moines
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Dementia Care Conference, August 6, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 7, West Des Moines
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Appropriate Relationships with Residents/Tenants and Families, August 8, webinar
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Social Workers Conference, August 15, West Des Moines
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ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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