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Iowa PASRR Provider Training Webinars - Register Now

As announced in the June 20th training, New Developments in Person-Centered Care, and via email, web posting, and letters from IME, Ascend and the Iowa Department of Human Services will host daily WebEx (webinar) training sessions on upcoming changes in PASRR, including implementation of Level I quality reviews, Level II specialized services reviews, a time limited (short-term) approval process in PASRR Level II, and a new tracking system for nursing facilities.

This tracking system allows facilities to log into Ascend's site to access several helpful functions, including:

-- Reporting resident admissions, discharges, and transfers
-- Uploading documents directly to Ascend instead of faxing for some residents, including documents for the specialized services review process and the Level I review process
-- Alerting facilities when residents' short-term approvals are nearing expiration and easier submission of status change assessments

These important training sessions for nursing facility providers will teach you how to be prepared for the changes and how to use the tracking system to make your workflow more efficient. They will also offer participants the opportunity to ask questions regarding the Level II specialized services review process, the Level I quality review process, and Level II time-limited approvals.

Each session will include the same training content. Nursing facility PASRR staff should attend one of these five available, 1-hour sessions:

Monday 9/22 at 10:00 AM
Tuesday 9/23 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 9/24 at 11:00 AM
Thursday 9/25 at 3:00 PM
Friday 9/26 at 12:30 PM

Click here to begin the registration process for one of the WebEx sessions.

On July 28, 2014, Ascend emailed a notification to all Iowa providers to announce changes in the coming months. Starting August 1, 2014, Ascend will begin a new follow-up process for PASRR Level II Specialized Services (SS) recommendations. Monday, September 22 through Friday, September 26, Ascend will hold daily WebEx (webinar) training sessions on a new tracking system that will be offered to nursing facilities. In October, the tracking system will be available and Ascend will begin making time-limited PASRR approvals and performing quality assurance follow-up on 100% of PASRR SS recommendations and on a sample of negative PASRR Level I screens submitted.

To view the full July 28 notification with more details, click here. If you have any questions or concerns about these new processes, please contact Ascend Support Specialist Amanda Oller at or 877-431-1388 ext. 3403 or Lila Starr, Iowa MHDS PASRR Program Manager, at 515-281-5318.

A Message to Iowa PASRR Providers from DHS and Ascend:

The Iowa Geriatric Education Center, which is housed at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, is sponsoring the 2014 Geriatric Lecture Series. The 2014 series will focus on dementia. CEUs are available for participation in this online lecture series at NO COST to participants. Individuals wishing to participate may pull up these lectures at their convenience each month, February through November.

A new lecture is available the 1st working day of each month at:
The schedule is also online at:

For more information including presenters and subjects of each monthly lecture, see the online schedule, or open the flyer, which can be found in the Educational Tools section of this PASRR Provider website.
I hope that many healthcare professionals will be able to utilize this important series, which is offered for free through 2014 due to federal grant funding.

Lila PM Starr
PASRR Program Manager
Chair, NASMHPD Older Persons Division
Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging
Iowa Department of Human Services
(515) 281-5318

A message to Iowa PASRR Providers from DHS and Ascend:
The PASRR Technical Assistance Center in collaboration with the National Association of PASRR Professionals hosts a monthly webinar series, "The Power and Possibility of PASRR." This series is open and available to anyone who wants to learn more about PASRR and help to improve the PASRR process for the individuals that we serve. We'd like to draw your attention to the next web-based training opportunity, which will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 CST. The January topic will be "Level I PASRR Screens: Best Practices for a Robust System."
I would encourage anyone who works with older adults and people with disabilities in any capacity to consider attending this and other webinars in this excellent series.
Lila PM Starr
PASRR Program Manager
Chair, NASMHPD Older Persons Division
Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging
Iown Department of Human Services
Division of MHDS

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS, MHDS, IME) and Ascend Management Innovations (AMI) would like to make PASRR providers aware that we have updated the notice of decision language regarding reconsiderations and appeals. This amended language can be found in all notice of decision letters effective immediately. It is our hope that this makes the reconsideration and appeals procedures and processes easier to understand. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Ascend, or Lila Starr, PASRR Program Manager at DHS, or (515) 281-5318.

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS, MHDS, IME) and Ascend Management Innovations (AMI) wish to remind PASRR providers of the following: An individual cannot be placed in an Iowa facility based on another state's PASRR decision. The PASRR must be approved by Ascend, using Iowa's Medicaid guidelines, before the facility can accept a person for placement in an Iowa nursing facility.

In response to recent questions from Iowa service providers, a new resource document has been added. Please see PASRR Provider Questions, dated 6.18.12, under Educational Tools, below.

Guides with instructions for how to register as a web supervisor and how to set up new staff users for WEBSTARS, the online Level I screening site, are located below under Supervisor Tools.

The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise Medical Services Level of Care Certification for Facility Care Form can be found at the following website address:

 PASRR Tip of the Month
  • To EXPEDITE a review for persons with a Level II condition, seeking Short Term or Terminal approvals, please fax a signed Practitioner Certification with the review. For a person psychiatrically admitted, be sure to also fax a copy of the Psych Evaluation and any additional pertinent documentation.
 Provider Tools
 Supervisor Tools
 Educational Tools