IHCA ICAL Bulletin - 05/08/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Life & Fire Safety
•  Updates in surge protector policy
Payment and Reimbursement
•  IHCA meets with DHS to address payment concerns
•  IHCA meets with IME on new NF cost report
•  New from IME
•  CMS guidance on new Medicare Advantage plan benefits
•  AHCA/NCAL comments to protect members' interests
•  Iowa Medicaid e-News
Quality Improvement
•  Join the Leadership Academy success story!
•  Tops in Survey
Scholarships & Awards
•  IHCA Foundation scholarship applications due May 31
•  NCAL Awards Program nominations now open
Association News
•  Solicitation for 2018-2019 IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Board candidates
•  IHCA Member Survey responses now being collected
•  Register now for AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo
•  2017 Profile of Older Americans - What does it tell us?
•  Geriatric Lecture Series
National News
•  AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week


Updates in surge protector policy

Iowa's new health care surge protector policy has a couple changes you should know about.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) has provided an updated copy of their new heath care surge protector policy. This policy mirrors the requirements of CMS S&C letter 14-46. Iowa's policy has a couple additional changes including:

  1. The SFM no longer requires surge protectors to have a metal casing.  As long as they meet the UL listing as outlined in the policy, they will be compliant.  
  2. The SFM now allows low voltage cell phone chargers and alarm clocks to be plugged into surge protectors as long as they meet the other requirements in the policy (such approved locations, etc.).
The new policies are posted on the SFM website. They apply to hospitals, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IIDs), ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and hospices.

If you have questions, Kyle Gorsh, Special Agent in Charge, Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division.