Book your seat for our upcoming AL MH/SA User Group! Therap Services has organized the user group specially for Alabama MH/SA providers to virtually meet other case managers from different agencies of the state to troubleshoot, network, discuss state and regional issues, and clarify and learn about the latest Therap releases. This online session has been scheduled for 24th of July, 2020 at 1:00 PM (CDT). Our accomplished members from Therap Services team will walk you through the online session and virtually answer the questions that you might have as well as discuss new Therap releases!
Meet the Presenters:
- Maureen “Mo” O’Connell
- Ishya “Shae” Dotson
- Katy Lilly
- Devin Hardy
- Margaret Gordon
Therap Services has been providing a HIPAA compliant, secure web-based suite of applications to Alabama provider agencies as a comprehensive solution for planning, documentation, communication and reporting with the objective to help provide better services to individuals they support. This collaboration with the state has been made considering the direction of the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to use Therap’s incident reporting tool throughout the state of Alabama.
Therap Services welcomes all the users of Alabama to the upcoming AL Case Manager User Group that has been scheduled for 17th of July, 2020 at 1:00 PM (CDT). This informative session will be presented by accomplished members of our Therap team:
- Maureen “Mo” O’Connell
- Ishya “Shae” Dotson
- Katy Lilly
- Devin Hardy
- Margaret Gordon
The user group will be an incredible opportunity for Alabama providers to virtually meet other case managers from different agencies of the state to troubleshoot, network, discuss state and regional issues, and clarify and learn about the latest Therap releases. Throughout this session, our experts will walk you through the following topics:
- The New IDF
- Latest Release Notes
- Overview of new or enhanced modules and Q&A
Therap has been offering the online suite of applications to the provider agencies of Alabama complying to the mandates formed by the Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Department of Mental Health Office of Autism Services. This collaboration with the state has been made with the objective to support providers who are serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) .
Register now to secure your spot at the webinar!
Therap welcomes all users in Alabama to join an upcoming online user group titled, ‘AL I/DD User Group’. This instructive online session is scheduled to be held on 16th July, 2020 at 10:00 AM (CDT). Therap’s adept team members, Maureen “Mo” O’Connell, Ishya “Shae” Dotson, Katy Lilly, Devin Hardy and Margaret Gordon, will provide a comprehensive overview of the intellectual and developmental disability documentation solutions available to Alabama I/DD providers.
This online user group presents an ideal platform for Therap’s Alabama I/DD providers to meet virtually in order to discuss state and regional issues, and transmit the group’s consensus state needs and requirements to the Therap development team for review. We are always looking for recommendations from you so that we can properly assist you in supporting individuals with I/DD. The speakers of the session will be there virtually to answer any technical questions you may have as well as clarify and discuss the latest Therap enhancements.
Therap Services is an online software service that provides secure, HIPAA-compliant documentation, communication, billing and reporting to providers in Alabama. Therap provides a range of tools for your documentation needs including T-Logs, ISP Data & Mobile ISP Data for daily shift notes, communication logs and contact notes, Health Tracking for vital signs, height/weight, BM charts, seizure records, blood glucose, and others, General Event Reports for incident reports, medication errors and event reports as well as many more! The Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities has mandated the use of Therap for Incident Reporting throughout the State of Alabama.
The Department of Labor (DOL) published a Final Rule on October 1, 2013 extending minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to most home care workers (who may have job titles such as home health aide or personal care assistant) who provide essential assistance to people with disabilities and older adults. On August 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision upholding the Final Rule. On Friday, September 18th from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time, senior leadership from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Office of the Solicitor will hold a webinar to discuss the Home Care Final Rule. Presenters will provide an overview of the Final Rule as well as the Department’s guidance regarding joint employment in domestic service employment under the FLSA and the application of the FLSA to shared living programs. Our comments will address questions we have received from states, including about the home care litigation.
TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR:
Please click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-care-final-rule-implementation-webinar-for-states-registration-18538483102 to register for the webinar.
Once you register, you will receive an email with the information you need to access the webinar.
There will be a question and answer period after DOL’s presentation. If you would like to submit a question(s) in advance, please email it firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience. During the webinar, we will respond to as many questions as possible.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Information about the Home Care Final Rule is available athttp://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/.
Information about the litigation related to the Home Care Final Rule is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/litigation.htm.
U.S. Court of Appeals Unanimously Upholds DOL Home Care Rule
|Thank you for your engagement with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division regarding the Home Care Final Rule.On Friday, August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a unanimous decision upholding the Home Care Final Rule. DOL issued the statement below, which is available on our website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/litigation.htm
This site will be updated with any changes related to litigation, so please check back for updates.
Today’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is vital to nearly two million home care workers, who will now qualify for minimum wage and overtime protections. The decision confirms this rule is legally sound. And just as important, the rule is the right thing to do — both for employees, whose demanding work merits these fundamental wage guarantees, and for recipients of services, who deserve a stable and professional workforce allowing them to remain in their homes and communities.
The DOL has led an unprecedented implementation program to help employers prepare for compliance, including offering an extensive and individualized technical assistance program, providing a 15-month period before the effective date to aid compliance, and adopting a time-limited non-enforcement policy. DOL has repeatedly encouraged states and other employers to take the necessary steps toward implementation. The Department continues to stand ready to provide technical assistance to states and other entities as they implement the Final Rule.
|Washington, DC (June 26, 2015)
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued guidance on how they intend to address “heightened scrutiny” for settings that are subject to the home and community based services (HCBS) rule that went into effect on March 17, 2014. The guidance restates the standard for settings that are presumed institutional (located in a building that is also a publicly or privately operated facility that provides inpatient institutional treatment, or in a building located on the grounds of, or immediately adjacent to, a public institution). Additionally, any setting which has the effect of isolating individuals will be presumed to be institutional. For any of these instances, a state may submit evidence to overcome the presumption and demonstrate how the setting does meet the HCBS standards set forth. The new rules also offer states the option to develop “tiered standards for residential settings” which will allow states to “close the front door” to some providers while allowing existing providers of the same services to continue. This means that a state could set one compliant standard for existing providers and set a different, higher standard for new providers.
The “correct” quality assurance program will always be a question until CMS requires states to standardize their Managed Care processes among MCOs in each state. We all have the opportunity to discuss standardization now, which will not come around again for years. Please see the below information from ANCOR. I encourage people to comment on the CMS proposed rules. CMS Issues
Landmark Proposed Rule on Medicaid Managed Care
On June 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule titled “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP Delivered in Managed Care, Medicaid and CHIP Comprehensive Quality Strategies, and Revisions Related to Third Party Liability.” The agency states that this proposed rule would modernize the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed care delivery systems.
Home care providers will want to be aware that the proposed rule proposes to add a definition for long term care support services (LTSS). The CMS proposal defines LTSS as “services and supports provided to beneficiaries of all ages who have functional limitations and/or chronic illnesses that have the primary purpose of supporting the ability of the beneficiary to live or work in the setting of their choice, which may include the individual’s home, a provider-owned or controlled residential setting, a nursing facility, or other institutional setting.” CMS states that they intend for community based services within the scope of this definition to be largely non-medical in nature and focused on functionally supporting people living in the community. Examples of what CMS would consider community based LTSS include Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) delivered through a section 1915(c) waiver, section 1915(i), or section 1915(k) state plan amendments, as well as personal care services otherwise authorized under the state plan.
HCAOA also notes that CMS is seeking to amend the existing regulation requiring each state to establish a credentialing and re-credentialing policy that addresses all the providers, including LTSS providers, covered in their managed care program regardless of the type of service provided by such providers.
Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through July 27, 2015. A copy of the proposed rule can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=CMS-2015-0068-0001