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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees February 29, 2016
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SNF PEPPER target area change
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TMF Health Quality Institute, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor that develops and maintains Medicare fee-for-service comparative data (PEPPER) reports, has indicated to AHCA that the next SNF PEPPER rollout in April 2016, will not include the Therapy RUGs category.

According to TMF, CMS is not interested in tracking therapy generally in SNFs, but instead will continue to focus on SNF therapy in the ultra-high therapy Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs). The SNF PEPPER data released in April will include Therapy RUGs with High ADL, Nontherapy RUGS with High ADL, Change of Therapy Assessment, Ultrahigh Therapy RUGs, and 90+ Day Episodes of Care.

For more information on the SNF PEPPER or to access your current PEPPER, go to www.pepperresources.org, and scroll to the Skilled Nursing Facilities section. 

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Education Calendar
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LTC Nurse and Administrator Leadership Program, Part 1: March 9-10, Part 2: April 20-21, West Des Moines  Registration Closed 
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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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MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, April 5, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, April 6, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification Program, April 11-15, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 14, West Des Moines
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SNF Medicare Review, April 19, West Des Moines
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Professional LTC Nursing Seminar, April 27, Coralville
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Home Health Value Based Purchasing Conference, April 27, West Des Moines
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Professional LTC Nursing Seminar, April 28, West 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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