The following memo was issued today:


TO: All Providers

FROM: Cathy R. Anderson, DDS Deputy Director for DDA

RE: Use of Electronic Formats for Nursing Assessments

DATE: September 20, 2013

This bulletin provides notification that, effective immediately, the Department on Disability Services (DDS), Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), approves the use of the nursing assessment format in Therap as a substitute for Nursing Assessment Form A or B. Additionally, providers who are using alternative electronic health records that include a nursing assessment format may request that DDA review the format to approve its use.

DDA’s current Health and Wellness Standards require that providers use either Nursing Form A or B as part of developing a person’s Health Care Management Plan. This bulletin serves as notification that providers using Therap may now use the Therap Nursing Assessment format instead. Likewise, if a provider agency is using an alternative electronic health record that includes a nursing assessment format, the agency may send a request for review of the format to Shirley Quarles-Owens, RN, MSN, Supervisory Community Health Nurse, at (202) 730-1708 or DDA will review the format to ensure that all relevant data is being collected, and if approved, the electronic format could also be substituted for Nursing Assessment Form A or B.


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:: Justin ::