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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees October 10, 2016
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NQF report explores HCBS quality measures
(NF, AL, HHA)

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released the final report from its Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Committee, Quality in Home and Community-Based Services to Support Community Living: Addressing Gaps in Performance Measures. Under a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NQF convened a committee to develop recommendations for prioritization of measurement opportunities.

The report describes key components of a conceptual foundation for home and community based services (HCBS) quality measurement, specifically an operational definition of HCBS, a list of characteristics describing high-quality HCBS, and a measurement framework of 11 domains and 40 subdomains. The goals of the domains and subdomains are to stimulate evidence-based research in support of quality measure development, guide quality improvement efforts, and highlight the important areas for measure development. The report also contains multistakeholder recommendations on how to advance HCBS quality measurement so individuals who use HCBS can be assured they are receiving high-quality, effective services.

AHCA/NCAL has been following this work closely and submitting comments with each report. See the article, NQF Releases Final Report from the HCBS Committee, for more specifics and analysis of the report. 

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