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Industrial Hemp Legalized with Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) was signed into law on December 20, 2018. The bill revises the Controlled Substances Act to define two types of cannabis – marijuana and hemp.  Marijuana remains a controlled substance, but hemp (and its derivatives, including cannabidiol "CBD"), is now legal. 

The regulation of hemp and its derivative products will remain under the jurisdiction of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA commissioner released a statement clarifying its regulatory authority over hemp derivative products. The FDA plans to hold public meetings and gather input as it determines its future regulatory approach to hemp and hemp derivative products. 

See the FDA memo here: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm628988.htm 

There will be more information and analysis as to the impact of this on  providers. With CBD oil now legal in Iowa, how the legalization will impact state law still needs to be determined. LAI has already reached out to DIA to clarify the law. LAI will keep members informed on any new information on this developing change in federal law and policy.

 

Welcome New Associate Member 

LeadingAge Iowa would like to welcome the following new associate member:

SeniorDent – Richard Sawicz – [email protected] – 888.970.3400

“SeniorDent” is the largest and oldest Mobile On-Site Dental Care plan in the country. Nursing Home Residents enrolled in SeniorDent receive quality dental care, in the comfort of their familiar surroundings on a regular schedule, regardless of the number of residents enrolled in your facility. 

View all our associate members in our online virtual tradeshow.

 

DIA Informs Providers to Anticipate Weekend Survey Activity

In an effort to catch up and reduce the state's survey cycle average, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has announced that the department is offering additional work opportunities to Health Facilities Surveyors that would allow them to work some weekends conducting nursing facility re-certification surveys and complaint/incident investigations.  DIA is required by CMS to maintain a statewide average of no more than 12.9 months between surveys, and the Iowa survey cycle has gradually been increasing over the past year.  The addition of weekend surveys (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) will allow the Department to decrease the cycle average and achieve compliance with CMS standards.

All members with nursing facilities are advised that weekend survey activity is now a possibility.  Surveyors are expected to carry and present appropriate identification, so providers can assure their legitimacy for conducting the survey or complaint/incident investigation.

Please don't hesitate to contact Liz Davidson, LAI's Director of Clinical Services, with any questions.