IHCA ICAL Bulletin February 1, 2016
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Managed Care
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IHCA meets with DHS on managed care transition
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DHS continues to work on “CMS Readiness Actions” needed for the March 1, IA Health Link implementation. At meetings IHCA staff attended last week, DHS indicated they are making progress on many of the items, including improved call center and wait times, network adequacy with 75 percent of current FFS providers having signed contracts, and a Senate hearing on Medicaid privatization.

IHCA staff members continued to meet with DHS throughout the week on many issues: nursing facility rate sheets (the average rate increase for 7/1/2015 was $9.00 per day) with about 50 facilities having outstanding cost report issues; recalculation of assisted living HCBS rates; home health rebase state plan issues; and residential care facility CDAC calculations that had excluded client participation; EPSDT rate issues; HCBS waiver eligibility changes with transitions to managed care and services plans; and streamlining of the critical incident reporting processes.

IHCA members should bring their questions to this month's IHCA District Education, Managed Care Hot Topics Sessions, and the IHCA Managed Care Member Call on February 17.
 
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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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