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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week

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

  • Quality Initiative Recognition Program Updates from Quality Summit
  • NCAL Publishes Policy Briefs on HCBS Settings Rule: Spotlight on Co-location
  • Webinar: Running For the AHCA/NCAL Board
  • Webinar: LTC Trend Tracker 101
  • AHCA Quality Initiative Webinar for IO Members
  • AHCA Quality Initiative Webinar for NFP Members
  • NSNCW is Just Over One Month Away
  • President Trump Signs Spending Bill
  • Updated Part B Therapy Claims Processing Instructions - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
  • Train Now to Help Avoid the #1 Cited F-Tag
  • Cool Jobs with Top Employers
  • The Online Tool Designed to Help RNs Excel at Gerontological Nursing
  • Inspector General Releases Outpatient Physical Therapy Claims Error Report
  • Get Heard at Congressional Briefing
  • The Next Phase of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
  • The First Program Year of SNF VBP: What you Need to Know

NAHC News March 27-April 2. From the website:

  • Low Volume Appeals Initiative Extended into June
  • Scammers Already Targeting New Medicare Cards
  • Advocate Spotlight: Walter Borginis
  • Home Care and Hospice Need Your Knowledge!
  • CMS Showcases Two New Hospice Quality Education Module Series on Recent Webinar    
  • State Fact Sheets Provide Wealth of Home Health and Hospice Info for NAHC Members Only
  • Study: Physically Fit Women Far Less Likely to Develop Dementia
  • CMS Seeks Input on Draft Measure for Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care
  • CMS Seeks Comments on New Home Health Quality Measure
  • MedPAC Report Reviews Key Data, Issues in Hospice

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
The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 4-5, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 9-13, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 12, West Des Moines REGISTRATION CLOSED
CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, April 17-18, West Des Moines
MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, West Des Moines
SNF Medicare Review, May 9, 2018, West Des Moines
Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 16, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, West Des Moines
LTC Medical Directors, Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference, June 1-2, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
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 members.

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


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