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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 service authorization systems tracks service authorizations as they are received and alerts the provider when the authorized units are near the end and re-authorization is needed. The health tracking is a work in progress although some providers have looked at the Comprehensive Health Assessment (CHAT) and are convinced it will cover all of the reporting needed in the District.

Therap Services is a web-based software suite that provides a secure and HIPAA compliant documentation and communication platform for developmental disability provider agencies. The suite is made of applications that cover extensively supports provided to individuals, programs that help an agency manage employee training/certifications and schedules, and also billing with attendance records, utilization tracking and electronic claims submission.

Therap also provides extensive support in setting up and managing the transition to electronic documentation, and has lots of great online tools for training staff to use Therap.

Basics: How to set-up your account in Therap

Provider Admin Video

Health Forms for DC Providers

Therap has developed a number of custom health forms for DC providers. The forms include: The Health Management Care Plan, the DC Healthcare Passports, and the Health Form 1 Assessment, Health Form 2 Direct Observation, and Health Form 3 Diagnostic Review. If you aren’t using them you should take a look. They can make managing records much easier.

Billing in DC

740 claims for $1251844.94 were generated in May of 2017. Therap can help your agency process claims quickly and easily.

Management Information

Therap’s tools include Oracle Business Intelligence, which is a state-of-the-industry data mining and reporting tool, custom reports and standard reports, to access the most complete management support reporting in the field.

Upcoming District of Columbia Webinars

Events Date/Time Join webinar
Small provider Q & A November 14
November 28
December 12
10am – 12pm (EST)
Registration link
Recurring DC small provider PA training November 21
December 5
December 19
10am – 12pm (EST)
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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.

Therap District of Columbia Team

Contact us if you have questions or need help. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

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