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Topic Change for the 3/28/17 Technical Assistance Webinar

ATTENTION: The topic for the Tuesday, 3/28/17 technical assistance webinar has changed. The new topic is: Planning for Community Discharge and Resources Available.

If you are registered for the 3/28/17 session and would like to cancel, email a reply to the confirmation message you received upon sign-up.

If you are registered and plan to attend the revised session, you can simply disregard this message.

Click the registration link below to participate, if you have not already registered.

Tue, March 28 | 2 - 3 PM | REVISED TOPIC: Planning for Community Discharge and Resources Available | Click here to register

Building Knowledge, Improving Lives

Join us as at one of the Free training events offered by Ascend, a MAXIMUS Company, and the Iowa Department of Human Services. We'll review what we've accomplished in the evolution of Iowa's PASRR program and look forward to where we will go together. You will receive valuable information regarding the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process, ServiceMatters, Care Planning, and more!

The upcoming trainings include the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/Contact Hours and will cover:
  • A quick review of the PASRR basics - great information for those new to working with PASRR and a refresher for our seasoned PASRR providers
  • A discussion of how PASRR integrates with the new CMS guidelines for nursing facilities
  • Using the newly revised functions of PathTracker Plus - what it is and why you must use it
  • ServiceMatters - what it is, why it matters, and how we're doing so far
  • PASRR-compliant Care Planning - everything you need to know about planning for delivery of PASRR-identified services
  • Community Placement Supports and discharge planning - how to use available resources
  • Delivery of behavioral health services to individuals with significant needs
  • Behaviorally based treatment plans
  • Questions and answers about PASRR in Iowa

Who Should Attend:
  • PASRR Providers
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Nursing Facility Administrators
  • Hospital Social Workers and Discharge Planners
  • Case Managers
  • Long-Term Care & RCF Providers
  • Behavioral health services providers
  • Anyone invested in the future of older Iowans, individuals with disabilities, and their long term care needs

Click the link below to register for a session near you
Tuesday, April 4: City of Denison Boulders Conference Center - Boulders Hall

Wednesday, April 5: Des Moinestab Hy-Vee Euclid Room

Thursday, April 6: Waterloo Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum - Mess Hall

Friday, April 7: West Branch Hoover Presidential Library and Museum - Auditorium

Location addresses and information provided in the registration link.

Click here to view the agenda

Training Presenters
Lila Starr, LBSW| Iowa Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Disability Services
Joi Shaw, MS | Ascend, a MAXIMUS Company, PASRR Division Manager
Alice Bernet, RN, PhD, PMHNP-BC | Ascend, a MAXIMUS Company, Clinical Director

No charge for attendance or CEUs!
IBON Provider #94
0.63 CEUs.
Nurses must attend the full day to receive CEUs. No partial CEUs will be awarded.

The Iowa Geriatric Education Center, based at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, is sponsoring the 2017 Geriatric Lecture Series. This educational opportunity will focus on cognitive decline and 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, beginning in March through December 2017.

A new lecture is available the 1st working day of each month at:

The schedule is also available online at:

For more information, including presenters and subjects of each monthly lecture, please review the online schedule referenced above, or open the flyer, which can be found in the Education Tools section of the Iowa PASRR Provider website.

We hope that Iowa's healthcare professionals will be able to utilize this important series, which has been made available for free throughout 2017 to federal grant funding.

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise has just released Information Letter 1760-MC-FFS which is intended to address questions and hopefully clarify policy surrounding PASRR-related care planning and the delivery of PASRR identified services. Information contained in this letter will continue to be shared with providers through Webinars and face to face training delivered by Ascend and DHS.

As Iowa nursing facility providers are aware, Iowa DHS and Ascend have developed several optional Iowa-specific tools for use in development of PASRR-compliant care plans. Many providers have offered feedback that a video about how to use the tool would be a useful addition to the tools previously available. The Iowa PASRR NF Level II Care Planning Tool Training video provides visual instruction on navigating and using the original Care Planning Tool. It assists providers in learning how to effectively and efficiently develop PASRR-compliant nursing facility care plans. It is our hope that these tools will assist in the timely scheduling and delivery of PASRR-identified Specialized Services, Rehabilitative Services, and Community Placement Supports that providers find listed in the PASRR Summary of Findings for the individuals they serve.

2017 Technical Assistance (TA) Webinars - Registration Now Open

To assist you in planning your learning calendar for the start of 2017, we have opened registration for our Iowa PASRR Technical Assistance webinars. This is your chance to learn with DHS and Ascend, ask questions, and understand more about PASRR, care planning, ServiceMatters, Ascend/DHS service monitoring, and PathTracker.

These 1-hour sessions will take place on the dates and times listed below. Note the topic change for 9/13/16. Click the links below to register:

January 10 | 2 - 3 PM | Topic: PASRR 101: Why We Do PASRR | Registration Closed
January 24 | 2 - 3 PM | Topic: PASRR Level I | Click to register
February 7 | 2 - 3 PM | Topic: PASRR Level II | Click to register
February 21 | 2 - 3 PM | Topic: Chat with Ascend and DHS: Open Q&A Session | Click to register


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 PASRR Tip of the Month
  • When completing the Service Monitoring assessment on the Service Matters page, it is important to note that the question worded "On the most recent MDS, what is the response to Section Q. item 0500 for this resident?" is asking for the individual's response to Q500. If the most recent MDS does not have an answer, do not mark it as unknown or uncertain. Go back to the most recent MDS in which the individual or their representative gave a response. If this question is marked unknown or uncertain, a discharge planning care plan with community services is required.
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