So this week I brought another Missouri provider into the Therap community through a webinar. I was a little hesitant at the start of the meeting as the person joining the Go To Meeting webinar said, “I hope it is allright as I am joining in on my phone instead of the computer?” My hesitancy was that at the conclusion of the call it would be necessary for the person to enter in some data and initiate the process and activate the process by clicking on a button off the Therap website. Regardless, we began and we went through the process and the entire process was completed in a matter of minutes. No problems whatsoever! It was pretty cool. It was amazing for me to think back to the first agency in Missouri that started using Therap and how different things were then in comparison to this brand new agency signing up. It has been so exciting to be apart of so many agencies moving to greater efficiency, transparency, higher accountability, and less paper chasing through the last several years. It got me wondering and thinking just how many agencies in MO are still out there lost in a paper world? If you haven’t taken the time to see how Therap can make a difference for your agency give me a call so we can show you this solution.
We’re pleased to announce the upcoming conference in Rockford, Illinois on May 4-5, 2016
Event highlights include:
- Incident and Event Reports
- Health and Appointment Tracking
- Medication Administration Records
- Face Sheets and Emergency Data forms
- Secure Communications
- System Administration
- Sessions focused on implementation and effective use
- Local User Issues and discussions
Click here for more information
I began last week traveling to the MACMHB conference in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Fall time in Michigan is phenomenal! Here are a couple of photos I took while there:
And here are more photos from the Grand Traverse Resort, where the conference occurred:
I then had the opportunity to attend the OPRA conference in Columbus, OH. I talked with many providers throughout the state about solutions Therap can provide.
The IARF conference ended today in Naperville and it was a great few days! Tom Pomeranz started the conference off with an awesome and thought provoking keynote called “Igniting a Vision for Change.” Secretary Dimas spoke regarding how things are going at DHS. I also attended a wonderful session by John Pingo and David Rebelak called “Using Cinematic Action-Based Instruction to Shift the Workplace Training Paradigm.” This session showed a very different way to complete staff training. The example was for Bloodborne Pathogens training and the scenario was that we all were workers for the CDC and there was a dangerous strain of a virus that broke out in our demographic area. We were placed in small groups and needed to answer questions about Bloodborne Pathogens in order to save the world!!! There were several applicable movie clips that kept our attention and helped us to better to understand necessary precautions and responses for the situation and to apply Bloodborne Pathogens procedures. (Luckily, I was in the group that won and saved the world!!) Here is a picture of me and another group member (Karla from Progressive Housing – an awesome Therap customer!!)
Notice that the shirt says “I saved the world from a vampire zombie infection at IARF 2015 and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.”
I really believe this is a wonderful and innovative way to train new employees!
Here is another selfie without the zombie t-shirt:
We were also celebrating the 40th anniversary of IARF! I was so thrilled to have the big birthday cake next to my booth!!
Can’t wait for next year’s conference! Have a great weekend!
Therap has a video that is hot off the press to assist you to fill out your Security Risk Assessment. Click below to view this video:
You can also find this video on Therap’s home page.
Here is more information regarding the Security Risk Assessment from the HHS website:
A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from HHS.
The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The tool is designed to help practices conduct and document a risk assessment in a thorough, organized fashion at their own pace by allowing them to assess the information security risks in their organizations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. The application, available for downloading at www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessmentalso produces a report that can be provided to auditors.
HIPAA requires organizations that handle protected health information to regularly review the administrative, physical and technical safeguards they have in place to protect the security of the information. By conducting these risk assessments, health care providers can uncover potential weaknesses in their security policies, processes and systems. Risk assessments also help providers address vulnerabilities, potentially preventing health data breaches or other adverse security events. A vigorous risk assessment process supports improved security of patient health data.
Conducting a security risk assessment is a key requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule and a core requirement for providers seeking payment through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, commonly known as the Meaningful Use Program.
“Protecting patients’ protected health information is important to all health care providers and the new tool we are releasing today will help them assess the security of their organizations,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology. “The SRA tool and its additional resources have been designed to help health care providers conduct a risk assessment to support better security for patient health data.”
“We are pleased to have collaborated with the ONC on this project,” said Susan McAndrew, deputy director of OCR’s Division of Health Information Privacy. “We believe this tool will greatly assist providers in performing a risk assessment to meet their obligations under the HIPAA Security Rule.”
The SRA tool’s website contains a User Guide and Tutorial video to help providers begin using the tool. Videos on risk analysis and contingency planning are available at the website to provide further context.
The tool is available for both Windows operating systems and iOS iPads. Download the Windows version athttp://www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment. The iOS iPad version is available from the Apple App Store(search under “HHS SRA tool”).
I had the pleasure to visit with some potential agencies last week during an Information Session hosted at KCCDD. Prior to the Info. Session, I was able to take to quick visit to the birthplace of Carl Sandburg. Although formal tours were not available at 7 in the morning, I still learned plenty.
Also, here are a couple of poems I like that were written by Carl Sandburg:
At a Window
BY CARL SANDBURG
Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!
But leave me a little love,
A voice to speak to me in the day end,
A hand to touch me in the dark room
Breaking the long loneliness.
In the dusk of day-shapes
Blurring the sunset,
One little wandering, western star
Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow.
Let me go to the window,
Watch there the day-shapes of dusk
And wait and know the coming
Of a little love.
Home Thoughts by Carl Sandburg
THE SEA rocks have a green moss.
The pine rocks have red berries.
I have memories of you.
Speak to me of how you miss me.
Tell me the hours go long and slow.
Speak to me of the drag on your heart,
The iron drag of the long days.
I know hours empty as a beggar’s tin cup on a rainy day, empty as a soldier’s sleeve with an arm lost.
Speak to me …
We are offering an opportunity to any Therap user who is interested in presenting either in a seminar/tutorial or panel discussion format. Therap users can also include surveyors, families, state caseworkers or others who are interacting with agencies using Therap. The goal of the conference is to share best practices and innovation in the use of Therap. Attendees and Presenters will have the opportunity to share and collaborate with current, new, and potential users of the system.
Some suggested topics for presentations are:
Getting the buy in for Therap at your agency
Agency Guidelines for Use – In particular agencies which can share written policy guidelines
The transition to paperless
Time and Cost Savings
Implementing Therap as a state
Implementing Therap as a county
Working with unified individuals
Addressing Quality Assurance Standards
Quality of Documentation and Care
Dealing with certification and surveyors
Working with Families
Sharing data between agencies
Using Therap Global Library
Staff hiring and training issues
Interface with other industry systems (College of Direct Support, accounting packages, etc)
State specific issues
IT, hardware and infrastructure issues
Reporting and analysis
Using mobile devices
Writing policies about electronic documentation
Discussions on how your agency uses specific modules
You may submit your presentation proposal dealing with any of the topics listed above or any other area that addresses your experiences with the Therap System.
Your proposal should include the following information:
- Contact information for presenters including: names, academic degrees, titles, affiliations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses (e-mail correspondence is preferred). Please list only the names of presentation authors who will be speaking at the conference.
- Please describe the presentation format. Please be advised that due to time and space limitations, Therap Services, LLC reserves the right to determine the length and format of each session.
- Title of your presentation
- Include a 1 paragraph abstract of the proposed conference presentation.
- Provide a concise 1 – 2 sentence session description that may be used in our conference brochure and schedule.
Deadline and Acknowledgment of Submissions:
Please submit your abstract with cover sheet soon to National2016@therapservices.net for consideration. Notification of acceptance will be provided via phone or e-mail.
Note: We have an early decision deadline of August 15, 2015. Presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration. Agencies may submit multiple individuals and may receive multiple complimentary registrations.
For more information, please contact us National2016@therapservices.net
Chief Operating Officer
Therap Services, LLC.
It was great to see many Illinois and Indiana agencies represented at Therap’s Chicago conference last week. We had a good mix of new and experienced Therap users, which made our sessions very user driven. There were lots of great networking opportunities and I hope that everyone got all of their questions answered. Thanks to our team and our wonderful customers for another great conference!
Regular Registration (Non-Refundable) : $129
Regular Registration (Refundable) : $149
For more information visit the conference information page.
We look forward to seeing you there!