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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 6, 2018
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The latest IME letters
(Medicaid providers)

Informational Letter No. 1891-MC-FFS, Iowa Medicaid Pharmacy Program Changes, outlines Iowa Medicaid pharmacy program changes effective April 1. It covers changes to the preferred drug list (PDL), new drug prior authorization criteria, changes to existing prior authorization criteria, point of sale billing issues, preferred brand name drugs on the PDL - pharmacy clarification and DUR update. Please see the letter for complete details. 

Informational Letter No. 1892-FFS, Reminder of Alien Emergent Medical Condition of Coverage, is a reminder to providers of the services covered under the emergency medical condition and the required documentation needed to verify the emergent medical condition. Please see the letter for complete details.

Informational Letter No. 1894-MC-FFS, Blood Glucose Monitor Billing, explains that effective February 1, 2018, effective immediately Abbott Diabetes Care has issued a change in the way claims are to be processed for blood glucose meters for Iowa Medicaid members. Vouchers are no longer available for free meter access. For complete details and codes to use, please ready the letter.  

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Education Calendar
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Workforce Symposium, March 8, West Des Moines
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Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, March 22, West Des Moines
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2018 Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 27-28, West Des Moines
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The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 4-5, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 9-13, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 12, West Des Moines
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CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, April 17-18, West Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
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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 members.

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

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