District of Columbia Therap Users Group a Success
More than forty people from providers serving people in the District of Columbia met at the offices of RCM of a Therap Users Group. The hot topics for DC providers were the recent Medicaid audit, the extensive health reporting requirements, and how Therap can help providers better manage those tasks. Some DC providers using Therap’s Billing capabilities as a quality assurance tool reported minimal difficulty with the Medicaid audit. Therap’s automated services authorization systems tracks services authorizations as they are received and alerts the provider when the authorized units are nearing the end and re-authorization is needed. The health tracking is a work is progress although some providers have looked the Comprehensive Health Assessment (CHAT) and are convinced it will cover all of the reporting needed in the District.
Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use for Long Term Care for People with Developmental Disabilities
As I talk to current and prospective Therap users there is a lot of confusion about electronic health record regulations. The other day at a conference I said that Therap is working on meeting HITECH standards. The question that came back at me was but has Therap met the “meaningful use” standards. That question is not so easy and I am hearing it more often. The question also highlights the carrot and stick approach to EHRs.
The stick in the EHR story is the HITECH ACT. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) established the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). HITECH will require the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) by Health Care Providers. Based on HITECH an EHR must:
- Include all patient demographic and clinical health information, such as medical history and problem lists; and have the capacity to:
- provide clinical decision support;
- support physician order entry;
- capture and query information relevant to health care quality; and,
- exchange electronic health information with, and integrate such information from other sources.
As defined in ARRA “Health Care Providers” includes nursing facilities, home health entities, or other long term care facilities, etc.
Health Passport or Healthcare Passport
Therap works closely with DC providers to make sure they have online tools to be in compliance with health risk management policies of the Department on Disability Services and are using forms from the Health Partnership website.
Therap worked with DC agencies to implement the DC Health Passport. Using Therap, agencies can create Health Passports that provides a summary of individual specific emergency details which include Personal Profile, Contact Information, Medication History, Functional Information, Consent Information and Diagnosis among others.
Therap has also implemented the three health assessments required by DDS and defined by the Health Partnership.
Providers at the recent DC/MD/VA User Conference in Baltimore also reported they are using the Psychotropic Medication Reporting form in Therap.
Look through the full list of modules in the Individual Support category for a detailed idea of the documentation covered using Therap.