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.
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”).
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.