IHCA ICAL Bulletin - 02/29/2016  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Legislature and State
•  House's budget targets lower than Senate's
•  Governor announces SIM Initiative communities
Managed Care
•  Iowa's managed care program to start April 1
•  Critical incident reporting in managed care
Payment and Regulatory
•  Important HHVBP education for home health agencies
•  CMS releases final 60-Day Rule
•  Get registered for mandatory PBJ staffing data collection
•  SNF PEPPER target area change
•  Check the updated LEIE database!
Quality Improvement
•  Important CMS Open Call Forum on QMs
•  Register for dementia care and QAPI provider call
•  Last day for Gero Nurse Prep discount
Emergency Preparedness
•  New guide for home health and hospice
•  Spring Quarterly and Activity Professional education
Activity Services
•  Entries due Friday for free Spring Quarterly registrations
•  NNHW Planning Guide and Product Catalog now online
Association News
•  Are you making the most of IHCA's communications and website?
•  Complete your facility's contact info
•  Please complete IHCA Member Survey #1
National News
•  AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week


House's budget targets lower than Senate's

Budget work gets off to slow start; IHCA meets with leadership on members' budget concerns.

By Susan Cameron & Kelly Meyers

Although not much work has begun on the state budget, the Iowa House released budget targets that are well under the Senate’s targets and the Governor’s budget. The House has budgeted $7.3 billion overall, less than the Senate’s $7.4 billion. For Health & Human Services, the House recommends $1.8 billion in spending, compared to $1.9 billion in the Senate. The House will start the Health & Human Services budget bill this year.

Last week, IHCA President & CEO Steve Ackerson met with Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow to discuss the critical nature of IHCA members' funding priorities as managed care implementation approaches. We had previously met with key appropriations leaders and will continue to advocate for all members' funding priorities. In this tight fiscal situation, funding increases will be difficult to achieve.

Also last week, Governor Branstad was told by CMS that Iowa’s plan to privatize Medicaid can begin April 1. IHCA leaders also continue to talk with DHS and the Governor’s Office about setting the nursing facility rate accurately prior to the start of managed care.

The second funnel deadline for policy legislation is March 11. Appropriations and tax bills are exempt from funnel deadlines. For a complete list of bills of interest, click here.