AL I/DD User Group

Therap is delighted to invite all I/DD providers in Alabama to join an upcoming online user group titled, ‘AL I/DD User Group’. This user group is scheduled to be held on 30th July, 2020 at 10:00 AM (CDT). Therap specialists with extensive experience in the field, Maureen “Mo” O’Connell, Ishya “Shae” Dotson, Katy Lilly, Devin Hardy and Margaret Gordon, will be your presenters for this session and will discuss new releases and updates to help you meet Alabama state-specific requirements for suitably conducting daily intellectual and developmental disability documentation

This online user group is an open forum where you can find important information related to Therap from your expert hosts as well as other Alabama I/DD Providers and learn from or share experiences in using Therap to fulfill state regulations for HCBS documentation requirements. This online interaction will expand your knowledge on how to streamline your daily documentation processes using Therap’s suite of applications in Alabama. In particular, you will learn about the new releases and module enhancements, including the new flow to Individual Demographic Form (IDF) as well as the associated new features of this module. You will also have the opportunity to troubleshoot, clarify and ask any questions in the Q&A session, or transmit any state needs and requirements to the Therap development team for review.

Therap Services is an online software service that provides secure, HIPAA-compliant documentation, communication, billing and reporting to providers in Alabama. Therap provides a suite of applications for your documentation needs including Personal Focus Worksheet, Individual Support Plans, ISP Programs and ISP Data, HAB Plans, HAB Checklists and HAB Reports. The Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities has mandated the use of Therap for Incident Reporting throughout the State of Alabama. 

Register now to partake in this online user group and learn more about Therap’s solutions for Alabama I/DD Providers!

AL MH/SA User Group

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.

Register now to attend this virtual user group and learn more about what Therap is offering to Alabama MH/SA!

AL Case Manager User Group

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!

Learn more about Alabama I/DD Providers, Alabama MH/SA, and Alabama Autism Providers.

AL I/DD User Group

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.

Register now to join this online user group and learn more about what Therap is offering to Alabama I/DD Providers!

Only 3 Weeks Remaining for the State Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama

Have you booked your seat yet?

The State Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama is knocking at your door. The conference is scheduled for August 13-14, 2019 and will be held at the Perdido Beach Resort. The conference is going to be a two-day event full of sessions by Alabama Therap experts and it will give you a chance to network with your counterparts from across the state.

The event will be a good place to learn about recent developments in the Therap system, as well as individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management from the technology leader in the developmental disabilities field. The training intensive event will include beginner, intermediate, and advanced level sessions conducted by Therap experts on various Therap modules.

Conference Highlights:

  • Introduction to the New Autism Services
  • Program in Alabama
  • Question and Answer sessions with ADMH
  • Targeted Case Management Service Verification
  • Community-Based Employment Tracking
  • Using Excel for Quality Assurance
  • Business Intelligence Dashboards
  • Person-Centered Planning Tools, Goal Tracking and Reporting
  • Health Tracking Modules and Reporting
  • Medicaid Billing and Utilization Reporting

Click here to register for the conference.

Also, visit our state page to know what Therap has in store for the state of Alabama.

User Group Meeting for Users in Alabama

Join our upcoming User Group Meeting for Users in Alabama. The User Group Meeting will be held on May 7, 2019, at 10 AM (CDT).  You will get a chance to directly communicate with providers/agencies using Therap. Moreover, you will be able to discuss and solve any problem or issue that you have regarding the Therap system. Maureen, Ishya, Devin, and Katy will walk you through the meeting.

Know the hosts:

Maureen “Mo” O’Connell is a Southeast Business Development Consultant at Therap. She has experience in working in the field related to Developmental Disabilities since 2006. She had been a Therap user at her previous workplace. Prior to joining Therap, Maureen had also worked as a Marketing Director which included event planning, fundraising and partnering with the Development Director.

Ishya “Shae” Dotson is a State Implementation Specialist at Therap. She has been supporting adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities since 2000. Other than that, Shae is a certified Person-Centered Thinking Skills Trainer. She has also been a Staff Training Coordinator for a provider agency for around 9 years as well as a trainer of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Devin Hardy is a Training & Implementation Specialist at Therap. He has 7 years of experience in working in the Developmental Disabilities industry. Devin has used and helped in implementing Therap system at his previous workplace. He has worked in many capacities such as a QDDP Assistant, and a Provider Administrator.  

Katy Head is a Training Specialist at Therap. Katy has over 5 years of experience in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) field. She has been a Direct Support Professional supporting people with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities in a Day Program setting. Later, she was promoted to Administrative Support where she was part of the Therap Implementation Team for the organization.

Click here to register.

DOL Homecare Rule Webinar

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WEBINAR INFORMATION:

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.

QUESTIONS:

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 totatum.laura@dol.gov 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 Rul

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.

CMS Releases Heightened Scrutiny Guidance for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rules

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.

CMS: New Manged Care and Quality Assurance Standards

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