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.
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.
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
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.
Take a look at the new document storage option in Therap. This information has been highlighted in Leah’s blog and I wanted to make sure you were all aware of this new option to store important client information.
If you would like more info on this feature let us know and we will be glad to add this to your account with us.
As part of the Therap 2014.1 Release, we have added the Document Storage module stand-alone feature that was previously only available as part of our CCHIT Certified EHR Package.
With the Document Storage module, different types of External Documents such as Admission Order, Authorization, Consultant Report, Discharge Order, Lab Result, Progress Notes and Referral Document can now be stored for Individuals. Additional details such as Received Date, Validity Range, Description and Comments can also be added while storing a document for an individual. This module allows users to store large amount of Individual documents at one convenient place.
Here are a few facts about the Document Storage module:
- the list of document types is configured at the provider level
- the module now has the ability to store a total of up to 1GB per individual and each file can be up to 10MB in size (the CCHIT EHR version remains the same size, with a max of 10MB)
- the 1GB per individual limit is not affected by documents attached within other modules
- the module is currently controlled by the ‘Individual’ Admin role found on the User Privileges page
- as with all Therap modules, the document storage module is a HIPAA-secure method of storing documents electronically
- introductory pricing is available, to inquire about cost contact Therap’s Regional Director or Business Consultant in your area, or mail the sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 203-596-7553 Ext 4
Calvin Christensen joins Therap as the newest Training & Implementation Specialist in the Central States Region. Prior to joining Therap’s support team, Calvin worked at Developmental Services of Nebraska (DSN) for four years at a location with high risk adults. Calvin used Therap for efficient documentation of services in his work at DSN.
When asked about his first week at Therap’s East Coast office in Waterbury, CT, Calvin states: “I was able to meet some great co-workers and learn a lot about the process of implementation at the agency level. I learned a great deal about how providers are utilizing Therap nationally and how to best assist our customers.”
Calvin has since headed back to the Midwest and will be spending time with members of our Support team, visiting provider agencies and attending Therap User Groups & Conferences in weeks to come. If you bump into Calvin, be sure to welcome him as the newest Therapite!
Enjoy our newest Press Release: SOC 2 Report on Security Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality and Privacy
WATERBURY, Conn., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Therap Services, the leader in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities electronic health record and data management, has announced receipt of the SOC 2 Report on Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality and Privacy Practices.
Richard Robbins, CEO of Therap Services, states, “Undergoing the SOC 2 audit and receipt of this report validates Therap’s level of commitment to maintaining security of protected health information for all provider agencies, organizations, county and state systems utilizing Therap Services as the electronic health record and documentation software solution.”
SOC 2 compliance is part of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Service Organization Control reporting platform. AICPA.org states: “These reports are performed using the AICPA Guide: Reporting on Controls at a Service Organizations Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy and are intended for use by stakeholders (e.g., customers, regulators, business partners, suppliers, directors) of the service organization that have a thorough understanding of the service organization and its internal controls. These reports can form an important part of stakeholders:
- Oversight of the organization
- Vendor management program
- Internal corporate governance and risk management processes
- Regulatory oversight”
The SOC 2 for Therap’s Developmental Disability software solution covers the AICPA Trust principles. AICPA.org states: “Trust Services are defined as a set of professional attestation and advisory services based on a core set of principles and criteria that addresses the risks and opportunities of IT-enabled systems and privacy programs. Trust Services Principles and Criteria are issued by the Assurance Services Executive Committee of the AICPA.”
“The following principles and related criteria have been developed by the AICPA:
- Availability. The system is available for operation and use as committed or agreed.
- Processing integrity. System processing is complete, accurate, timely, and authorized.
- Confidentiality. Information designated as confidential is protected as committed or agreed.
- Privacy. Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed, and destroyed in conformity with the commitments in the entity’s privacy notice and with criteria set forth in generally accepted privacy principles issued by the AICPA.”
“The trust services principles and criteria of security, availability, processing integrity, and confidentiality are organized in four broad areas:
- Policies. The entity has defined and documented its policies relevant to the particular principle.
- Communications. The entity has communicated its defined policies to responsible parties and authorized users of the system.
- Procedures. The entity placed in operation procedures to achieve its objectives in accordance with its defined policies.
- Monitoring. The entity monitors the system and takes action to maintain compliance with its defined policies.”
About Therap Services, LLC
Therap Services patented developmental disabilities software solution supports compliance with standards as required for funding through Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services at both state system and agency levels. Therap’s electronic documentation software solution is used by over 1,200 I/DD agency, county and state entities with over 200,000 users documenting services to more than 200,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Therap is widely used in case management, home and community-based services (HCBS), intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF-DD), day treatment programs, developmental centers and other settings.
Secure applications offered by Therap include individual support modules such as incident reporting, medication error reporting, behavior tracking, individual service plans, goal tracking, health records, medication administration records and case management notes, among others. Therap offers solutions for employee training management and employee scheduling. It also covers billing with service authorizations, attendance and professional claim tracking modules. Therap’s HIPAA, HITECH and ARRA compliant software applications are suitable for day programs, residential services, supported living, case management and community support programs.