IHCA ICAL Bulletin June 17, 2013
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National News
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AHCA/NCAL meets with CMS on HCBS proposed rule
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Last week AHCA/NCAL and VOR met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to express concern about a proposed rule that seeks to define Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) settings for the first time. Specifically, AHCA/NCAL voiced continued concerns that the proposed rule has the potential to exclude many types of assisted living (AL) communities and some housing communities serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Medicaid program.

For example, AL facilities that happen to be located near existing long term care facilities could be excluded from the Medicaid program. Options that would be jeopardized include continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and multi-level campuses.

In addition, Medicaid beneficiaries would be prevented from sharing units. The goal of single occupancy may be laudable, but it would run contrary to the policy in many states which allow residents to share units to control the costs of room and board.

ICAL members raised this issue with Iowa's members of Congress during the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing earlier this month, and provided a letter to encourage them to contact CMS. AHCA/NCAL will continue to keep members posted on any updates related to this important issue. 
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Education Calendar
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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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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.
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Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.
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In This Issue
Association News
Regulatory and Payment
Quality Initiative
National News
National Assisted Living Week
Mission Statement
IHCA ICAL is dedicated to promoting quality long term care through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
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