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IHCA meets with IME on new NF cost report
(SNF/NF)
Last week, IHCA staff met with the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise's (IME) leadership team and cost report consultants with Myers Stauffer. Sally Oudekerk, Program Manager - Policy with IME, gave assurances that the Informational Letters regarding the new cost report will be released before the end of June. The current plan is for the new Medicaid Cost Report for Nursing Facilities to go into effect at the end of FY 2019. This will begin to impact providers whose FY 2019 has started or will start soon.

The final version is not expected before the end of June; however, a draft version is available for providers' review. IHCA will communicate with members when the final version is available. Key changes involve the elimination of some schedules and the renaming, reordering and addition of others.

Since FY 2019 is not a rebase year, IME has agreed that a “good faith effort” will be made to complete the conversion in 2019. Most providers will have little difficulty with this transition since IHCA held webinars on the new cost report in 2016 and 2017.

Please let Brandon Hagen, IHCA VP, Managed Care Programs and Reimbursement, know if you have concerns or suggestions. IHCA will provide additional information as it becomes available.
 
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Education Calendar
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NW District Meeting & Education, May 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
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SNF Medicare Review, May 9, 2018, West Des Moines
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NE District Meeting & Education, May 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 16, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, West Des Moines
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SE District Meeting & Education, May 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, May 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference, May 31, West Des Moines
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LTC Medical Directors, Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference, June 1-2, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Workshop, June 14, Des Moines (See corrected date)
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Des Moines
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LTC Dietary Conference, June 26, 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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