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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees November 26, 2018
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Home Health
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Recurrent HHPPS rate update notice
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CMS has issued Change Request 10992 that instructs the contractors on the system changes necessary to implement the changes to the 2019 home health prospective payment system (HHPPS). The Change Request is a recurring update notification for the HHPPS rates finalized each year in the Federal Register. The Change Request includes the Market Basket Update; National, Standardized 60-Day Episode Payment; National Per-Visit Rates; Low-Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA); LUPA Add-On Payments; Non-Routine Supply Payments; the cost-per-unit payment amounts used for calculating Outlier Payments and Rural Add-on.

Included in the Change Request are tables outlining the changes made to each of the component parts of the HHPPS and payment amounts associated with the two percent reduction for agencies that do not comply with the quality reporting requirements.

The Change Request is limited to the 2019 payment rates and does not address any of the other provisions in the final HHPPS rate update rule, such as the Patient Driven Grouper Model. 

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Education Calendar
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Restorative Nursing Program, November 27, West Des Moines
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Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, November 29, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., West Des Moines
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Teepa Snow Dementia Care Webinar Series, November 29, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar (recording available)
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Leadership Academy Reunion, December 4, West Des Moines
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Feeding Assistant Train-the-Trainer Program, December 6, West Des Moines
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Winter Quarterly Education Conference Quarterly Conference, December 12, West Des Moines
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AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification Course (RAC-CT), January 22-24, 2019, 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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