Suzanne Sewell, President & CEO , Troy Strawder, Board Chair
On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bill addresses unemployment across the spectrum – from vocational training, resume writing and English as a second language, to laid-off workers, disabled veterans and Americans with disabilities – the legislation casts a wide net through a host of federal government programs. In terms of Americans with disabilities, the bill is aimed at helping to prepare a new generation of young people with disabilities to succeed in competitive employment and predominantly impacts individuals with disabilities who are 24 years old and younger. This “new generation” will be required to first try vocational rehabilitation services before they are permitted to work in jobs paying less than the federal minimum wage. The bill is compatible with Florida’s Employment First Initiative which Florida ARF supports.
Meanwhile, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi is sponsoring the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (HR 831), that if passed, would phase out 14(c) special wage certificates under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 over a three year period. The bill has 94 sponsors and additional members of congress are poised to sign on. In Florida, six members of the congressional delegation have already signed onto the bill – Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ander Crenshaw, Alcee Hastings, Daniel Webster, and Dennis Ross.
Now more than ever, the insights and viewpoints of Floridians with disabilities and their representatives are essential to the policy discussions going on at the national level. As we know, one size does not fit all. Many Community Rehabilitation Provider Agencies serve diverse constituencies and it is imperative that we make sure our congressional leaders are provided with a balanced perspective on the concerns and merits of center-based work experiences and 14(c) certificates and the need for more oversight of the programs at the federal levels. A number of variables play into the current equation including funding mechanisms, appropriate budget allocations and limits to disability compensations making it imperative that our congressional leaders recognize the true complexity of these issues.
We believe employees with disabilities and their representatives are the ones who should explain their experiences and tell their personal stories and that their representatives will hear and understand the complexities of the pending policy issues best when it comes from their own constituents.
Congressional Education Campaign
Florida ARF will be assisting its member agencies and interested parties with a campaign to educate members of the Florida Congressional delegation about the long-term implications of the policy decisions they are currently addressing. We encourage recipients and community rehabilitation providers to demonstrate real-life examples of how the proposed legislation to phase out 14 (c) would impact Floridians with disabilities in each congressman and woman’s district.
Collecting Authentic, Florida Stories
First and foremost, the campaign will involve telling the stories of employees throughout the state about their experiences in center-based employment environments and 14(c) employment opportunities and what they and their caregivers would be doing if the programs were eliminated.
Even though we support federal legislation and Employment First trends for younger employees with disabilities for youth transitioning out of school, we still need to feature current employees that would not be served outside of their current environments so that every individual with a significant disability has employment options. Therefore, we have developed a form to help your staff document the unique stories of the individuals they serve who receive 14 (c) subminimum wages.
Developing the Packet and Case Statement
With collaboration and final approval from each participating agency, staff will develop a packet of the top stories. The packet will also include white papers from appropriate sources, a Florida ARF position paper, and other relevant materials developed in collaboration with staff from a member agency.
Schedule Visits to Congressional District Offices
The Florida ARF Grassroots webpage contains information on how to set up Congressional appointments and a link to each US Senator and Representative serving Florida. Whenever possible, these visits should include employees with disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders on the scheduled visit to the congressional office. Remember, the purpose of the visit is to ensure that each congressional office hears directly from the community that will be impacted by the pending policy changes and what repercussions it will have on both the employee and the employee’s caregivers’ quality of life.
Let’s make a difference nationally and empower all Floridians with disabilities to validate the current merits of their employment!
Therap Services Announces U.S. Patent Issuance for Secure Electronic Reporting of Abuse or Neglect for I/DD Provider Agencies
WATERBURY, Conn., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Therap Services, leader in electronic documentation software for Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Providers, has received U.S. Government Patent No. 8,739,253 B2 for Managing Secure Sharing of Private Information Pertaining to Abuse or Neglect Across Security Domains on May 27, 2014.
Justin Brockie, Therap Services COO, states: “The award of this patent again confirms Therap’s status as the software leader in the intellectual disability community. States and providers using Therap have shown the benefits of our approach to secure transparency and real time sharing. These approaches can have a direct impact on the systems that support people with disabilities and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation.”
Therap’s patented application for secure sharing of private information pertaining to abuse or neglect includes granting a staff user from one agency (such as an Oversight Agency) the ability to access private information stored within a secondary Provider Agency account when access authorization is in place through assigned caseloads and permissions. This method ensures that staff members are able to securely access private information based on ‘need to know’.
Therap Services applications and certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) provide the documentation components needed by Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Agencies to maintain their focus while adapting to a changing environment within the Human Services industry. State and federal agencies and standards, including CMS and HIPAA, mandate strict requirements on accurately tracking incidents, including those reports of abuse and neglect and prevention of Medicaid fraud. Therap’s customers can complete and monitor documentation efficiently across secure domains, enabling them to focus on providing higher quality services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Therap’s applications are utilized across disciplines in the I/DD field per the CMS home and community-based services (HCBS) requirements. Therap applications include over 70 modules ranging from documentation of service provision through a daily note, to person centered planning tools, incident report management, health assessments and individual care plans, an electronic MAR integrated with an industry-standard drug database, an individual referral process for state and multi-provider systems, a comprehensive report library for internal and external audits, to electronic billing direct to Medicaid through a secure, HIPAA 5010-compliant method.
About Therap Services, LLC
Therap Services’ certified EHR and documentation software solution are utilized by over 220,000 users in 1300 Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Provider Agencies. Use of Therap Services is mandated by 5 state governments. Therap’s software solution is used in home and community-based services (HCBS), intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF-DD) and other settings to document waiver service provision, employment supports, case management, incident reporting, management of staff training records and for electronic billing claim submissions directly to Medicaid. Therap Services is HIPAA OMNIBUS ACT of 2013 compliant. Learn more at www.therapservices.net.
Last week, February 1oth, 2014 the SC Human Services Providers Association met in Myrtle Beach. The opener on 2/10 included a Therap User Group session for South Carolina Therap Users. Chelsea Newby, Training and Implementation Specialist with Therap was there to share her knowledge and answer questions. It was great to have staff participate from UCP of South Carolina, Colleton County DSN Board, Georgetown DSN Board, Verizon Wireless and others.
The Conference had an Opening Plenary Session with Dr. Beverly Buscemi, DDSN State Director who shared the state of the state!
The Conference ended a day early due to winter weather coming to South Carolina for the next couple of days. This turned out to be a very good decision South Carolina was in a State of Emergency for the following 3 days due to ice and very dangerous road conditions.
We left Myrtle Beach at Noon and by 2:30 the Highway 20 & 77 around Columbia were covered in snow and sleet. By the time we got to Fort mill, we had winter weather and quite a snow storm for the south over the following 24 hours.
Here is what we had coming down the next morning!
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Idaho Non-Profit Agrees to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation
01/03/2013 -In a first of its kind settlement, a non-profit medical facility in Idaho will pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $50,000 for HIPAA violations surrounding potential exposure of patient information.
The settlement is the first involving a breach of electronic protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals.
“This action sends a strong message to the health care industry that, regardless of size, covered entities must take action and will be held accountable for safeguarding their patients’ health information.” said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez in an HHS press release published Wednesday.
In February 2010, Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) reported to HHS that an unencrypted laptop containing information on 441 patients was stolen from inside an employee’s car.
An OCR investigation found that HONI had no policies or procedures in regard to mobile device security as required by HIPAA. Additionally, HONI had never done any type of electronic protected health information risk analysis.
The laptop was never recovered.
When a breach impacts more than 500 individuals, companies are required tonotify all major media outlets in their state, as well as the government. A notice is included on the Department of Health and Human Services Web site in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
For breaches that affect fewer than 500 people, organizations keep a log that is turned in to the Secretary of Health and Human Services annually.
In addition to the fine, the December 28th agreement includes a two-year corrective action plan that mandates that the facility immediately report any future breaches to HHS.
“The theft of the laptop was out of our hands, but the measures we have taken since then to ensure the security and privacy of our patients’ information have been numerous,” Brenda Wild, Hospice of North Idaho Board President said in a written statement.
Since the incident, the facility has increased security on any equipment that contains patient information, including encryption and increased password protection, and scheduled security training.
HONI’s staff of more than 100 people is North Idaho’s only inpatient hospice facility. The organization serves members of the community regardless of their ability to pay.
Check out this You Tube Video of our upcoming Release expected in July!
Check this out! Coming in the Summer Release! Staff will now be able to use an Android Mobile Devise to access the Mobile ISP Data App, Login, enter Time In & Time Out, enter ISP Data, score and comment using the built in voice to text functionality, GPS Location enabled, snap a picture and get a verification signature. See all this and more by clicking the link below!
For two days, December 4th & 5th, over 100 attendees and a Therap Team of 6 came together in West Palm Beach Florida to share a common Thread: THERAP!
The opening Plenary on Day 1 welcomed all that came from across Florida and even a couple of folks from Georgia!
Therap’s new Training and Support Specialist for Florida, Chelsea Newby was introduced as well as Brie Nihan, Billing Specialist who just started last week and is working with Mr. Jim Kelley, Therap Vice Chairman to support our Billing customers. Seasoned trainers, Stacey Kernisan and Leah Marshall, were also present to support and provide training sessions throughout the two day conference.
The feedback was as excellent as our weather and the hotel staff at the West Palm Beach Airport Holiday Inn did a stellar job in supporting our conference. Not to mention our appetites as the food was quite delicious!
We really enjoyed seeing our Therap Customers as well as new ones and those who came to learn more.
Thank you all who participated in making this an excellent experience for all of us!
I hope to see many of you in East Hanover, New Jersey at the Theraps National Conference January 29th-31st!
The conference will be a good place for prospective users to learn about individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management. Event highlights will include:
- Hands-on training on different Therap modules including incident reports, health tracking andbilling (see below)
- Sessions focused on implementation and effective use
- User presentations, brainstorming and discussions
- User group meeting and discussions
Registration Fee: $85
Register by November 20, 2012 to receive the
Early Bird Discount, and pay $75 per attendee.
Click here to register for this event
Venue & Accommodations:
Holiday Inn West Palm Beach Airport Hotel and Conference Center
Note: Ask for the Therap Block Rate
of $79 (+Taxes) when reserving rooms.
(Reserve by 11/18/2012 5:00pm)
Software Suite for Developmental Disability Providers
Get a first-hand introduction to Therap’s software system for intellectual and developmental disability providers from our conferences. Learn how to track your progress/nursing notes, ISPs and goals, incidents, health information, billing, and more. Generating reports become easy from the data you store. Electronic documentation will reduce the time it takes to do paperwork and clear up more time to attend to the individuals’ needs. You can also network with agencies similar to yourself at these conferences and discuss processes and implementation.
Therap Services Home and Community Based Services Software Meets Online Privacy Protection Requirements
WATERBURY, Conn., Nov. 12, 2012
WATERBURY, Conn., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Therap Services announced its compliance with theU.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework. Therap’s developmental disabilities software complies with HIPAAand Safe Harbor security and privacy requirements for individuals, families, providers and government agencies. The self-certification includes Therap Services on the list of participating organizations for theSafe Harbor Framework, which is developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Therap’s Home and Community Based Services software has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. The development of the Safe Harbor framework is a result of the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection. This Directive prohibits the transfer of personal data to non-European Union countries that do not meet EU standards for privacy protection.
Therap Services Developmental Disability Software ensures privacy and security in the storage and transmission of information. Case management information entered by service providers and government agencies regarding incident reports, medication administration records, or individual service plansfor a person with intellectual disabilities receive reliable and secure access over the Internet. Therap’s patented software gives HCBS agencies the ability to specify caseloads and roles of authorization.
Richard Robbins, Therap C.E.O said, “European based agencies can use Therap’s system with the comfort that our security and data protection is in compliance with the Safe Harbor regulations.”
Therap’s HIPAA, ARRA and HITECH compliant Developmental Disabilities software applications are widely used in home and community-based services (HCBS) and other ID/DD provider settings for documentation, communication and reporting. The web based system by Therap provides person centered planning and assists with case management and eligibility assessments for support providers and state organizations working with developmental disabilities. Secure applications offered by Therap include individual support modules such as incident reports, medication administration records(MAR), behavior tracking, case management, individual service plans and goal tracking, health records, supported employment notes, nursing notes and progress notes among others. Therap also offers staff support for employee training management by certified trainers, individual budgetingand work scheduling as well as billing solutions including service authorizations, attendance andMedicaid claim tracking modules.
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