It looks like an HIE may be in your future?

Recently CMS has announced an increased match to promote Health Information Exchanges and Electronic Health Records.  This updated guidance expands the scope of State expenditures eligible for the 90 percent matching rate from the federal government.  It is anticipated that these additional funds will certainly influence the availability for state Health information exchanges to expand and include more sources into the sharing of data.  To read the entire CMS release click on the link…CMS release .

 

 

ONC Commitment to make EHR’s work better for Providers and Individuals

ONC annoucement this week that could affect us all in regards to the information regarding our health records.  This commitment I believe will impact us all as both providers and recipients of supports and health care.  Here are the announced commitments:

 

Fact Sheet: Commitments from health care industry to make electronic health records work better for patients and providers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by hospitals nationwide as well as the top five largest private healthcare systems in the country have agreed to implement three core commitments:

Consumer Access: To help consumers easily and securely access their electronic health information, direct it to any desired location, learn how their information can be shared and used, and be assured that this information will be effectively and safely used to benefit their health and that of their community.

No Information Blocking: To help providers share individuals’ health information for care with other providers and their patients whenever permitted by law, and not block electronic health information (defined as knowingly and unreasonably interfering with information sharing).

Standards: Implement federally recognized, national interoperability standards, policies, guidance, and practices for electronic health information and adopt best practices including those related to privacy and security.

 

Here is the full released statement:   ONC release

 

 

2016…Come a long way!

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.

Need help filling out the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) tool?

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”).

Thanks!

Michelle :)

 

Hello from Missouri!

Hello, everyone!

I wanted to introduce myself as one of the newest members of Therap’s customer support team. My name is Sarah and I live in St. Louis, MO. I started with Therap a little over a month ago and have been loving it so far. It’s been great getting to share my knowledge of the system with providers and soaking up all the information I can from our wonderful Therap team members and users.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending and presenting at two conferences so far. This week we had our regional conference in Kansas City, MO. We had folks in attendance from several states including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. It is extremely cool to see so many folks sharing their knowledge of the system and learning new and valuable uses for our software. If you haven’t attended a Therap conference yet, I’d highly recommend it!

Central region director Jeff Case giving a speech in a conference room to 100-plus Therap users.

Jeff Case was excited to share the details of our new release with everyone at the KC conference, making sure all are prepared for the transition to individual-based caseloads. We had over 100 people in attendance.

Call for Presentations for Therap’s 2016 National Conference!

Hello Therapites!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Title of your presentation

Abstract/Session Description:

  1. Include a 1 paragraph abstract of the proposed conference presentation.
  2. 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

2016 National Conference Details & Registration

Thank you,
Justin Brockie
Chief Operating Officer
Therap Services, LLC.

Regional Conference in Kansas City, Missouri is Next Week

The regional conference in Kansas City, Missouri at the Adam’s Mark Hotel starts Wednesday next week, May 13-14, 2015. Click here to register now.

Registration:

Regular Registration (Non-Refundable) : $129
Regular Registration (Refundable) : $149

Click here to view the schedule. For more information visit the conference information page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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HIE continue to get more funding to improve data sharing…

Announcement today of more money that will go towards improving the sharing of EHR info across HIE’s.

HHS announces $1 million in new grant programs to help improve sharing of health information

Projects to help long-term and behavioral health care providers

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., announced today the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program. The funding will help support and enable the flow of health information at the community level, leading to better care and better health.

The Community Interoperability and HIE program will provide funds to up to ten community organizations, state or local government agencies, or other community groups. The awards will help unlock health information and better integrate community resources advancing better care and healthier communities.

“The flow of health information across the entire care continuum is a critical step to realizing a learning health system that results in not only better care, but healthier people and communities. The new Community Interoperability and HIE program will fund local efforts that will leverage health IT in support of a more comprehensive digital data picture of health for people and their communities,” said Dr. DeSalvo.

Under the new grant program, awardees will demonstrate the use of health IT to the wide range of health providers, including those that are not eligible under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. These include long-term and post-acute care providers, behavioral health providers, individuals and their caregivers, and other care setting and providers. These additional providers could also be safety net providers, public health, social service, emergency medical services and other key members of the care continuum.

 

Employment History is a New Module Worth Taking a Look

So have you had some time to look at the new Employment History Module that has been added in Therap.  The module provides the opportunity for agencies to create employment and volunteering history for individuals. Using this module the Administrator can create, update or delete employers, contact persons and job templates. Users can create, update or delete employment referral, assessment, employment milestone, career development plan, training and coaching, application and interview and job details using this module.

As this module continues and more agencies utilize this module we can expect to see future enhancements and functionality.  Employment and the ability to track specific data points is becoming increasingly important for agencies to track and Therap is working hard to look at solutions to provide agencies to do just kind of tracking.

Take some time to click on the link to find out more about employment history…http://support.therapservices.net/display/documentation/Employment+History

 

A New Year

It is just hours away now as 2014 is winding down and it is great as so many new agencies have joined us at Therap throughout this year for a more effective, efficient way of doing your documentation.  As this year ends we so look forward to many of you joining us for our National Convention this year in Atlanta, GA.

The conference will include:

  • A Reception for Arriving Attendees on January 26, 2015
  • Training for All Levels of Users, from Beginners to Advanced
  • Reception for Therap Certified Trainers
  • Introduction to New Modules and Mobile Apps
  • Interactive Discussions and Q&A on Therap Usage and Best Practices
  • Presentations from Therap Users from Different Service Providers
  • Brainstorming About the Future Needs of the ID/DD Services Industry

It’s also a great opportunity for you to network with people from agencies across the country and share experiences.

The conference will take place January 27th-29th and I hope you will join us there.  If you would like more details please click on the link and follow to https://www.therapservices.net/conferences/?p=3192.

 

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