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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week

Find articles from the AHCA/NCALCapitol Connection and NCAL Connections at AHCA/NCAL's blog

  • NQF Releases Final Report from the HCBS Committee
  • AHCA Submits Comments on EPM Proposed Rule
  • ANCC Board Certified RNs Offer Pathway to Lower Rehospitalization Rates
  • Updated Fact Sheet Posted on SNF QRP Requirements
  • Newly Reformed Requirements of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities Issued
  • Call for Questions: Ask the Quality Experts at the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo!
  • Get Involved with the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program!

NAHC News October 3-7, 2016. From the website:

  • Hospice Cost Report: Recommendations on Hospice Cost Report Revisions Submitted to CMS
  • NAHC’s Emergency Preparedness Pre-Conference Has Never Been More Important
  • CMS to Remove all Social Security Numbers from Medicare Cards by April 2019
  • NAHC Submits Comments on the Proposed Cardiac Bundle Model
  • The Invisible Patients – Primary Healthcare for the Homebound
  • OIG Report Finds Persistent Medicaid Abuse in Personal Care Services
  • CMS Posts Hospice CAHPS Vendor Deadline Notices
  • Illinois Congressional Delegation Asks CMS to Delay Pre-Claim Review
  • Social Media Monday: What is Social Media?
  • CMS: Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports Now Available

You can also find a link to NCALconnections, AHCA/NCAL Capitol Connection, the AHCA/NCAL LTC Leader, and NAHC website on our home page at

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Education Calendar
QAPI Training Workshop, October 11, West Des Moines
SNF Medicare Review, October 12, Iowa City
Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, October 13, West Des Moines
LTC Nurse and Leadership Program, October 26-December 7, West Des Moines
MDS 101 - Basic MDS 3.0 Training, November 1, West Des Moines
MDS 201 - Advanced MDS 3.0 Training, November 2, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Management Certification Program, November 7-11, West Des Moines
NW District Education, November 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Storm Lake
Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 10, West Des Moines
NE District Education, November 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Cedar Falls
SE District Education, November 15, 10 a.m. to noon, West Liberty
SW District Education, November 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Atlantic
Restorative Nursing Program, November 30, West Des Moines
ICAL Assisted Living Manager Certificate Program - Online, Ongoing, web-based
Activity Professionals Home Study Course, Home Study Course
Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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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