The Agency for Health Care Administration invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:
Topic: SMMC: Developmental Disabilities Webinar
Host: The Agency for Health Care Administration
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Session number: 643 551 021
Session password: This session does not require a password.
To join the training session
1. Go to https://suncom.webex.com/suncom/k2/j.php?ED=259209702&UID=1732291422&HMAC=7e63c53a351f9355a3cc5729dd8669f01089473c&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: This session does not require a password.
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
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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.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has scheduled five webinar sessions, one for each region of the country, on the new rules on home care / companionship services. DOL encourages participants to register for the webinar that is scheduled for the state where they live.
Thursday, October 3, 2013: Northeast Region (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, PR) 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Tuesday, October 8, 2013: Western Region (AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA, ID, HI, AK) 10:00-11:30 Pacific Time
Thursday, October 10, 2013: Midwest Region (OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, MN, IA, MO, NE, KS) 1:00-2:30 Central Time; 2:00-3:30 Eastern Time
Tuesday, October 15, 2013: Southeast Region (KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS) 9:00-10:30 Central Time, 10:00-11:30 Eastern Time
Thursday, October 17, 2013: Southwest/Mountain Region (LA, TX, AR, OK, NM, CO, WY, UT, MT, ND, SD) 1:00-2:30, Mountain Time; 2:00-3:30 Central Time
More information is available at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/webinar.htm
Therap’s first customer in Florida MCPRS: Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services is nationally recognized for how they support their direct support professionals! We are proud to be affiliated with MCPRS!
Florida ARF & FADSP Celebrate Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week
DSP’s Making a Difference: Leylany Hernandez
As part of DSP Recognition Week, FADSP is pleased to recognize Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. Leylany Hernandez is one of those DSPs.
Leylany Hernandez has been a Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc. (MCP) employee for 7 years and currently serves as a Direct Support Professional. Leylany is not only considered a DSP employed at the Life Long Learning Program (LLLP) of MCP but also a member of the “MSE Team.” The Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist is a program that offers a variety of sensory experiences that bridges the gap between the individual and deficits in modulating sensory input there by allowing participants with physical, cognitive, behavioral, and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore their immediate environment via sensory integrated interventions. At a glance, the MSE comprises of one on one session(s) offering opportunities for the individual to engage in a variety of therapeutic interventions that elicit a desired response based on the attendee(s) sensory deficits. With this being said, none of this is possible without the support of Leylany and her dedication in addressing the needs of the individual(s) she serves. While under the supervision of the occupational therapist, Leylany is trained yearly on updates and innovative techniques and approaches to ensure that her skills are current and effective. She shows excellent integrity and responsibility by taking it a step further by asking questions, offering suggestions, and providing accurate feedback regarding activities and treatment provided to each client.
The dedication and passion provided by Leylany is extraordinary. With Leylany, the MSE has broadened its mission of providing a relaxed and enjoyable environment that addresses the sensory integrative limitation of its participants to well beyond its initial purpose. Leylany has stepped up to the challenge of integrating skills obtained during treatment sessions to include providing the skills needed to increase the individuals participation in the classroom, the community, and in their activities of daily living. Leylany has collectively combined her personal experiences with the clients and her sensory integrative training to ensure that each and every individual receives personalized treatment that is multifaceted, dynamic, and most importantly, client centered. There are many examples of how amazing Leylany is and how much care goes into finding the “just right fit” between the intervention and the individual. This can only occur when the person(s) providing the treatment has the tenacity in exploring options that equal results and this is Leylany’s number one goal.
Leylany takes it upon herself to research, observe, and read all she can on the person she is supporting so that she can meet each and every need. She desires to provide a client centered approach during treatment and equips them with the tools needed to advocate the likes and dislikes of the individual both at the residence and at the LLLP. Leylany evaluates the health factors of each individual and ensures that she provides an optimal and safe environment for the individual at the same time documenting and relaying important findings to ensure that the clients attending the MSE as well as their other clients are receiving the best service and care on a daily basis. She has formed close relationships with the people she supports and is seen by her peers as a tremendous supporter of MSE and its objective in meeting the needs of the individuals served.
Thank you Leylany for your continued service to the individuals served at Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services!
Therap Services will be hosting a regional conference in West Palm Beach, Florida this October.
Attending the conference will be a good opportunity to learn about recent developments in Individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management from technology leaders in the developmental disabilities field. The training intensive event will include beginner, intermediate, and advanced level sessions conducted by Therap experts on various Therap modules.
Conference highlights will include sessions on:
- Therap’s health tracking modules for appointments, seizures, lab tests, vital signs, and medication histories
- Therap Medication Administration Records (MAR)
- Therap Individual Service Plans (ISP)
- Hands on training on different other modules including Therap GERs (incident reports), Time Tracking, Secure Communications and Training Management
- Therap electronic billing, service authorizations and claim tracking
Please check back on our website for updates.
We look forward to seeing you in Florida!
In the coming months, we will be hosting conferences in many other states including Colorado, New York, Texas and Iowa. Details regarding these events can be found here.
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Subject: Funding Opportunties for Housing for Homeless Persons and Persons with Developmental Disabilities
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Florida Housing Finance Corporation was appropriated non-recurring grant funds by the 2013 Legislature as follows: $10 million for housing for persons with developmental disabilities, and $10 million for housing for homeless persons and families. Florida Housing has announced two public workshops, both on August 8, 2013, to discuss how we expect to offer this funding and receive comments on our proposed approaches from interested stakeholders. We expect to offer the funding through three “Requests for Applications” (RFAs) as follows:
• An RFA for small developments to provide permanent supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities;
• An RFA for larger developments to provide permanent supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities; and
• An RFA for to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless persons and families.
Go tohttp://apps.floridahousing.org/StandAlone/FHFC_ECM/ContentPage.aspx?PAGE=0400 for information on where and when the public meetings will be held. In addition, you will find discussion documents for each RFA that describe Florida Housing’s proposed funding approaches.
Elaine Roberts – Florida Housing Finance Corporation
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