IHCA ICAL Bulletin - 04/03/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Legislative News
•  IHCA-backed POA abuse bill awaits Governor's signature
Regulatory and Survey
•  802 Form vs. Matrix for Providers
•  Survey trend reports available
•  Policy briefs on HCBS settings rule
Payment and Reimbursement
•  CMS issues changes to SNF ABN
•  Updated Part B therapy claims processing instructions
•  Statewide PASRR training planned
•  Amerigroup Iowa provider workshops scheduled
•  Low volume appeals initiative extended to June
•  Scammers already targeting new Medicare cards
Quality Improvement
•  Quality Initiative webinars
Association News
•  Webinar: Thinking about an AHCA or NCAL Board position?
Activity Services
•  NSNCW is just about 5 weeks away
National News
•  AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week

 

IHCA-backed POA abuse bill awaits Governor's signature

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The bill automatically terminates a power of attorney for anyone with a founded dependent adult abuse case by DHS or a criminal conviction of dependent adult abuse, including financial exploitation.

An IHCA-supported bill to combat Power of Attorney (PoA) abuse, HF 2402, has unanimously passed The Iowa Senate and House of Representatives and now goes to Gov. Reynolds for her signature, which is expected.

A general power of attorney gives broad powers to a person or organization (known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act a person’s behalf. These powers include handling financial and business transactions, buying life insurance, settling claims, operating business interests, making gifts, and employing professional help. It is commonly used by a family member to conduct the affairs of an aging parent. However, it is not an uncommon occurrence for the agent to use a POA to convert the ward’s money and property for their own use.

When this reaches the threshold of dependent adult abuse through financial exploitation, the state may determine founded abuse against the agent, or be convicted criminally by the court. By the time this happens, the agent will have converted most of the ward’s assets for their own use.

How will the new law further protect seniors? The bill automatically terminates a power of attorney for anyone with a founded dependent adult abuse case by DHS or a criminal conviction of dependent adult abuse, including financial exploitation. It also allows someone to petition the court to terminate a power of attorney if abuse/exploitation is suspected.