IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 1, 2016
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Update to 2016 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule File
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Recently, CMS issued an Emergency Update to the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database. Specifically, Change Request (CR) 9495 amends the earlier CMS generated payment files that were based on the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. CMS amended these payment files in order to correct technical errors to the MPFS update files, and to include corrections described in the CY 2016 MPFS Final Rule Correction Notice.

Please note that the amended 2016 fees effective January 1, 2016, reflects all changes included in the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule (CMS-1631-FC) published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2015, and reflects the Emergency Update to the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database released on January 8, 2016 (Transmittal # R3438CP/Change Request 9495 and MLN Matters Article Number MM9495).

AHCA has offered a good summary of the updates. Please see their article, CMS Issues Emergency Update to 2016 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule File – Updated Therapy File Posted on AHCA Website, for complete details. 

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Education Calendar
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NE District Meeting and Education, February 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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NW District Meeting and Education, February 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Storm Lake  NEW DATE
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SE District Meeting and Education, February 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., West Liberty
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Data-Driven CNA Recruitment—Increasing Interview Show-Ups, February 9, 2:00-3:00, webinar
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SW District Meeting and Education, February 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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Life & Fire Safety Conference, February 15-16, Jefferson
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Life & Fire Safety Conference, February 17-18, Coralville
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Fall Prevention Workshop, February 25, West Des Moines
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LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program, Part 1: March 9-10, Part 2: April 20-21, West Des Moines   
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Data-Driven CNA Recruitment—90-Day Caregiver Onboarding Best Practices, March 15, 2:00-3:00, webinar
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CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, March 22-23, West Des Moines
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Home Health Care Conference, March 24, 2016, West Des Moines
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Spring Quarterly Education & Activity Professionals Conference, March 29-30, Embassy Suites, Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
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ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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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.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA ICAL members.

Map to the IHCA ICAL Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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