Minnesota Therap News: CSSP Custom Form / ISP Agenda / Billing Claims Mandate for Waiver Services

CSSP Custom Form in Therap being updated.

Matt Wahl from PKT shared the updated regs regarding the inclusion of technology questions in the CSSP form.  ARRM has published an example of the prefered verbiage.  I have made the request to have the form updated for this purpose, with the ARRM sample copy.

Deb Koop from LSS shared the updated reg from 245D.07.Subd.4. “Service outcomes and supports”.  These points are earmarked for inclusion in the CSSP as well.  If anyone has a sample of the questions or verbiage the state is suggesting for “Service Outcomes and Supports”, please send them to me. 

Updates as available.

Request for the 245D “Progress Review Summary” form to be added.

Matt Wahl also asked if it would be possible to add the Progress Review Summary form to Therap.  I have advanced this to our development team for review.  If this request is granted, I will advise.

MN Specific ISP Agenda Questions.

At the August MN Regional Conference, during the ISP Plan / Agenda session we discussed the possibility of enhancing the menu of questions in the agenda for MN needs.  With the user community’s assistance, I have a proposal into our developers to add questions for…

  • Admission
  • 30-Day
  • 45-Day
  • Quarterly
  • Semi-Annual
  • Annual
  • Progress Review Summary
  • Other Meeting Type

…which also includes questions for the Final Rule Medicaid HCBS CMS 2249-F and CMS 2296-F.

Since this makes the menu quite long (62 options), I have also proposed the addition of a “guidance” section to help you make the proper selections per meeting type (e.g. Questions 11 through 25 are suggested by 245D for individual intake / admission / initial planning meetings).

We are keeping the developers busy!

Is your agency ready for the February 5th, 2018 billing change mandate?

On 2/5/18, the day-to-day billing submission mandate is effective for waiver services.  Batch claims without daily service line items will be denied by MN-ITs.   Per Barb Turner at ARRM, all other services have this requirement.  MN-ITs made the decision to bring waiver services into alignment earlier this year.

If you are using the Billing Plus moduleyou already know that Therap has been compliant with this upcoming mandate since the functionality was introduced in Minnesota.

If you still seek a solution, adding Billing Plus to your Therap system is very worthy of consideration.  Submit claims directly from your Therap service documentation or Attendance Data.  Therap & MN-ITs get along well!  

Contact me directly to schedule an informational webinar with Dawn Gilder, our Therap MN Billing Specialist.  Dawn can be reached at dawn.gilder@therapservices.net

And finally…

Our Data Driven Outcomes with Business Intelligence module answers the question of how to best Measure Your Organization’s Most Important Data.  Therap held a webinar for ANCOR in October on the topic.  It’s a great overview of DDO, click here to watch it.

Best,

Jeff

SAVE THE DATES! 2016 IA & MN Regional Therap Conferences.

I am pleased to announce the dates for the Iowa and Minnesota Therap Regional Conferences.  Would you be so kind as to note these on your calendar?

IOWA:  June 1-2, 2016 in West Des Moines.   Site: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

Click here to register for the Iowa Conference.

MINNESOTA:  August 16-17 in Burnsville.  Site: Best Western Premier – Nicollet Inn

Click here to register for the Minnesota Conference.

Feedback from last year’s IA & MN conferences clearly indicated a desire to have more sessions for the intermediate and advanced Therap Users.  To that end, PLEASE let me know what topics you wish to focus on.  Send your suggestions to jeff.mau@therapservices.net.  I really want to hear from you!

We also seek presentations from our user community!  If you have a topic about your Therap use or how a particular module benefited your agency, please share your experience with fellow providers.  Again, please send your topic and/or presentation outline to jeff.mau@therapservices.net.  Don’t be shy….you’ll be sharing with friends.

Best,

Jeff

Iowa User Group Meeting – 10/26/15

IMG_0827Please join your Central Region Therap Team next Monday, October 26th at 2:00pm for the Iowa User Group Webinar. This meeting is provided at no cost. All user agencies are invited to attend. Your organization does not need to be a user agency to participate.

Click here to register.

Our current agenda is as follows (subject to change without notice):

* General Announcements. How to register for the National Conference.
* MCO’s and Therap compatibility for Billing submission update.
* Annual Plan Overview: PFW, ISP, Agenda
* Overview of GER Resolution.
* Overview of ISP Data enhancements.
* Overview of Employment History Module.
* Individual Home Page.
* Training Academy.
* Q & A.

What is a user group?
A user group is a meeting of Therap users in the same state to troubleshoot, network, discuss state-wide issues and get information on the latest Therap releases. You may also ask questions and get help on any topic regarding the usage of Therap at your agency from the attending Therap team members.

Please submit your questions to the Central Team at central@therapservices.net.

Best,

Jeff Mau – IA / MN / NE Therap Business Development Consultant

jeff.mau@therapservices.net

515-423-3263

Minnesota User Group Meeting – 10/26/15

IMG_0827Please join your Central Region Therap Team next Monday, October 26th at 10:00am for the Minnesota User Group Webinar.  This meeting is provided at no cost.  All user agencies are invited to attend.  Your organization does not need to be a user agency to participate.

Click here to register.

Our current agenda is as follows (subject to change without notice):

* General Announcements. How to register for the National Conference.
* Review of available 245D Custom Forms and where to find them.
* 245D GER Form update. Concept Review.
* Overview of GER Resolution.
* Overview of ISP Data enhancements.
* Overview of Employment History Module.
* Overview of the Individual Home Page.
* Overview of the Training Academy.
* Q & A.

What is a user group?
A user group is a meeting of Therap users in the same state to troubleshoot, network, discuss state-wide issues and get information on the latest Therap releases. You may also ask questions and get help on any topic regarding the usage of Therap at your agency from the attending Therap team members.

Please submit your questions to the Central Team at central@therapservices.net.

Best,

Jeff Mau – IA / MN / NE Therap Business Development Consultant

jeff.mau@therapservices.net

515-423-3263

Iowa Therap Conference Recap

IMG_0857Thanks to all who attended the Iowa Therap Conference in West Des Moines, September 30th through October 1st.   All indications are that attendees enjoyed the session content and learned some new Therap tricks.   Once the coffee service was squared away and the internet service adjusted, the conference ended up being a great success.

I have been receiving comments from attendees that the combination of small and large providers was quite a benefit.  The exchange of ideas was well received by all.  This is one of the main reasons Therap hosts these events…networking and shared learning within the Therap User Community.  The best practices come from those who use the platform each and every day….YOU!

Speaking for myself, as I have only been with Therap a short while, it was a pleasure to meet our new and tenured customers.   It’s always great to put a face with a name.

Feedback for next year is always actively sought!  Please let me know what you would like to see more of next year.  I have received comments that indicate that experienced users would like to see more detailed sessions on module functionality…sessions that dig deeper.   I have also fielded suggestions that we be really specific as to what sessions are geared for beginner, intermediate and expert users.   This is the kind of information we seek to keep these events fresh and informative.

I also wanted to sayIMG_0875 thank you to our friends from Direct Course / College of Direct Support for presenting on Day 2 of the Conference.   It is always good to have them with us.   Additionally, IACP members had the opportunity learn more about this great program that is included in their membership.

Don’t forget…. The Iowa User Group Webinar is being held on October 26th at 2:00pm local time.  The meeting will last approximately 1 hour.  Register to attend!

As always…Best to you!

Jeff

 

 

The Minnesota Conference… WOW!

IMG_0812Another Minnesota Therap Conference has come and gone.  It was the first conference I had a hand in organizing at the local level.  Given my predisposition to over think everything, I had a few sleepless nights prior to the event.  But, when all was said and done… this was a great meeting!

What made it great was the active participation of our attendees.  New users, tenured users and non-users made up the 112 participants and ALL were engaged.

This level of discourse is what makes these conferences worthwhile.  It was (and is) clear that the Therap community in Minnesota is not afraid to ask the tough questions of Therap staff and/or each other.  It was a tremendous learning experience.

I was pleasantly surprised at the unsolicited comments I received via email.  Here are just a few…

  • “Thanks Jeff.  We found the Conference very helpful and informative.”   – Matt Sharp, Living Well.
  • “Thank you for the best conference EVER!!!! ” – Leanne Negley, Rural Living Environments.
  • “Thank you.  It was a great session!!”  – Bethany McCabe, Cardinal of Minnesota.

Well… I appreciate the kudos, but this was a team effort and, more importantly, without our Therap user community, none of this would have been possible.

From our team to you…

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Therap Team from left to right: Jeff Case, Michelle Saunders, Jeff Mau, Sarah Christensen, Calvin Christensen, Dawn Gilder.

thanks to all who participated in the Therap Minnesota Regional Conference!

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