This week I am in Austin, TX meeting at the APDDA Conference. It is a conference that DD administrators from all over the country have come in to participate in discussions with CMS, and other state directors. The week will look at emerging trends and issues in DD systems across the country. It is great to connect with present customers as well as meet some new folks that are discovering Therap.
The New Mexico User Group for Therap users will be hosted and conducted onsite at Tabosa Developmental Services in Roswell on Thursday April 14th, 2016. All Therap users in the Southeast region of New Mexico are invited to attend.
A user group is a group of Therap users in the same state or area who meet to troubleshoot, network, discuss state and regional issues, and learn about the newest Therap releases. It is an open forum to check in with Therap and learn from and share with other Therap Users in your area. They also can contain training on any portion of Therap’s system.
Click here to learn more.
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 .
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.
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”).
The preliminary schedule for the regional conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 27-28, 2015 has been published. Click here to view the schedule. This conference has been designed for users of Therap’s software for developmental disability providers.
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque.
We look forward to seeing you in New Mexico!
The regional conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque starts Wednesday next week, May 27-28, 2015.
Click here to view the schedule. This conference has been designed for users of Therap’s software for developmental disability providers.
For more information visit the conference information page.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
Early Bird registration deadline is fast approaching for the regional conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 27-28, 2015. The Early Bird rate of $99 is only valid till April 26, 2015. Click here to register now for Early Bird rates.
Therap’s regional conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be held at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque Hotel from May 27-28, 2015. This conference has been designed for users of Therap’s software for developmental disability providers. Discussions in the conference will include compliance with policies and procedures from the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Supports. For more information on the conference visit the conference information page.
Early Bird (Non-Refundable): Sign up by April 26, 2015 – $99
Regular Registration (Non-Refundable): Starting from April 27, 2015 – $129
Regular Registra tion (Refundable): Starting from April 27, 2015 – $149
We look forward to seeing you there!