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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees May 16, 2018
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Quality and Survey
Review your latest trend tracker report

Skilled nursing center members should have received via email yesterday their LTC Trend Tracker Quarter 2 Top-Line Publication. This valuable LTC Trend Tracker resource is a brief data report on your center and outlines your facility's Five-Star performance and ways to improve it. In addition, the Top-Line publication shows your center's progress on the 2018-2021 AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative.  

What's New?
In February, survey scores became based on two cycles instead of three as part of the survey score freeze. On April 25, staffing ratings became based on quarterly Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data instead of staffing data collected on CMS Form-671 during a standard survey. New risk-adjustments and cut points for determining star ratings were implemented as part of the transition.

In an effort to help skilled nursing center members understand how these changes impact their Five-Star rating, this edition of the Top-Line publication will include PBJ data and explain how your center's two cycle survey score is calculated. Users can leverage this report to explain to residents, families, and referral partners such as hospitals why their Five-Star rating has changed.

Remember to add the email address from which the publication will be sent from,, to your Safe Sender list to prevent any issues receiving the email.

  • If you do not receive the Top-Line in your email inbox, please take the following steps to view the report:
  • Search your clutter or spam folder for the email.
  • Log in to your LTC Trend Tracker account, click on "Manage Publications", and then "View and Download Publications". You may then select the publication you wish to view.
If you have any questions about LTC Trend Tracker or need additional assistance, please contact the team at You may also direct questions to Mary Jane Carothers, IHCA VP, Quality Improvement & Clinical Affairs, at 800.422.3106. 
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Education Calendar
Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 16, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, West Des Moines
SE District Meeting & Education, May 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
SW District Meeting & Education, May 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference, May 31, West Des Moines
CANCELLED: LTC Medical Directors, Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference, June 1-2, West Des Moines
Activity Professionals Workshop, June 14, Des Moines (See corrected date)
Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Des Moines
LTC Dietary Conference, June 26, West Des Moines
Activity Professionals Qualification Course, online and classroom, starting August 1, ending November 12, 2018
Mastering the Art of Dementia Care, August 7, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, August 9, 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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