LeadingAge Iowa is a statewide membership organization of non-profit providers of aging services and supports and the champion for advancement and innovation in aging services. Our mission is to be the voice, support and connector for non-profit members and the people they serve. Our membership is diverse, representing the spectrum of non-profit long-term support and service providers including skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, PACE, home health, adult day, respite, hospice and home delivered meals.  Our members serve over 25,000 older adults in Iowa each day.

DIA Clarifies Interim Revisit Expectations for LTC

On February 7, the OIG released a report  outlining insufficient confirmation of corrective actions by state survey agencies in a sample of states.  As a result, the OIG recommended that CMS improve guidance to state survey agencies regarding verification expectations for correction of deficiencies, improve its forms for the survey process, and work with state agencies to address any technical issues related to the survey system for maintaining documentation. 

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Advocacy Needed on Nursing Facility Rebase 

In late February, Iowa House Republicans released details on their plans for key FY2020 budget increases.  House Republicans plan to appropriate $19 million dollars of general funds in the FY2020 budget for the nursing facility rebase. The $19 million, in addition to the $8.5 million from the QAAF rate increases, bring the total nursing facility rebase funding to $27.5 million, half of the overall $54.9 million shortfall!  This would be the largest general fund appropriation made to nursing facilities in decades (if not ever). 

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