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Spring Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, April 30th, 2013

It’s here…Therap’s first South Carolina Regional Conference!

Regional Conference in West Columbia, South Carolina, April 30-May 1, 2013

The conference will be a good place for prospective users to learn about individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management. Event highlights will include:

  • Hands-on training on different Therap modules including incident reportshealth tracking and billing (see below)
  • Sessions focused on implementation and effective use
  • User presentations, brainstorming and discussions
  • User group meeting and discussions

The conference will be especially beneficial for Therap users in South Carolina and agencies from surrounding states would also find it useful.
Register for Spring Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, April 30th, 2013
Registration:
Registration Fee: $100
Register by March 30, 2013 for the Early Bird
Discount and pay $80 only!

Online Registration

Downloads:
Information Flyer
Preliminary Schedule (in black & white)

Venue/Accommodation:
Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport
110 McSwain Drive
West Columbia, South Carolina 29169
Phone: (803) 391-4000

Note: Ask the hotel for the Therap Block Rate of $99.00+Tax
(Includes hot breakfast buffet and complimentary Airport Shuttle
service to/from airport 4am-11pm daily)

 

Therap National Conference Coming Soon ! January 29-31, 2013

Here it is, the time has come…The annual Therap National Conference is back again this month.  Don’t miss out this year, take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and Register by January 7th!  

 

*This is the best and most comprehensive training opportunity to get the most out of Therap for your organization.  I hope to see may of you there!

Therap National Conference, Ramada East Hanover, New Jersey, January 29-31, 2013

Therap would like to welcome everyone involved in providing support and services to the people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD).

Therap has been focused on developing software that can be used to document and track progress of individuals, and this conference will provide an opportunity for the agencies and State officials to get a comprehensive, hands-on view of the system. Here, you can meet the Therap staff and also network with people from other parts of the country who are also using the applications to manage their data. Therap also is a platform that improves the communication regarding services provided within the organization, which in turn raise the quality of services! This will be the place to hear all about it.

Event highlights include:Therap's National Conference Graphic
* Hands-on training on Therap modules including Individual Service Plans, Health Tracking and Billing
* Sessions for advanced level users and certified trainers
* User presentations on implementation and usage (Interested in presenting?)
* Focused sessions for states, counties and multi-state providers
* Brainstorming and requirement analysis for future upgrades
* Presentations by other vendors

The details of the sessions and timings are available in our schedule (Download Schedule).

If you have questions, please contact us.

Registration:
Registration Packages:
$220 – 3 Day Conference
$245 – 3 Day Conference + Bus to NYC and back on 30th evening with free time to explore on your own.
$265 – 3 Day Conference + Guided tour of NYC and pizza dinner on 30th evening.
Online Registration
Note: Register by January 7 for an Early Bird Discount
and pay only $180/$205/$225 per attendee for the respective packages.
All price includes lunch and snacks during the day.


Venue & Accommodations:
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
130 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ, 07936.
Call (973) 386-5622 to reserve rooms.

You can ask for the Therap Block Rate of $94(plus tax) if you book you stay by December 27, 2012.

You can book rooms at the Holiday Inn Parsippany(just beside the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center) also at the same rate (Call (888) 465 4329 to reserve rooms).

Free Shuttle to/from the Hotel:
Therap will be chartering a bus for pickup from the AirTrain Monorail atNewark Airport on Monday, January 28, 2013 which is the day before the National Conference starts on January 29.

Exact monorail stops will be announced. The charter bus will have a 50 person limit. Our plan is to have the bus for airport pickups at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. People taking Amtrak trains can also meet the bus.

There will be two buses on the last day of the conference, Thursday, January 31, 2013, for taking attendees back to the airport. These buses will start from the hotel at 3:30pm and 5:30pm. If we are allowed we will drop people directly at each terminal. Or else, the will drop will be at a Newark Airport Monorail station.

The times may vary due to traffic and other conditions. We will announce specific times and a pickup location closer to the event.

We are not guaranteeing space on the bus, although we think there should be availability for people to get on the bus of their choice. This is the first year we are attempting this, so please let us know if this is useful or if there are any questions.

Mobile Devices and Browsers

Recently Stephen Flanigan from Therap Customer Support stated the following when asked about which devices are best for mobile data entry into Therap:

StephenTherap is designed to work on a number of web browsers that are java-compatible. We recommend Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer as they are the largest used and therefore most tested browsers. Safari and Apple’s various iOS work well, as does lesser-used browsers such as Opera and Sea Monkey. Both the Kindle Fire and Android Tablet will work, although I haven’t personally tested on the Kindle Fire’s Amazon Silk web browser system, several users have on the Android Tablets without trouble.

Florida ARF & FADSP Celebrate Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week

FADSP LogoDuring the week of September 9-15, Florida ARF & the Florida Alliance for Direct Support Professional (FADSP) will proudly celebrate DSP Recognition Week.  In recognition of this special week, DSPs across the state who represent the backbone of our direct care service system will be featured.  Their stories will demonstrate the loving attitude and dedication of so many DSPs who give so freely of themselves to serve others.

We are pleased to announce Governor Rick Scott has signed a letter recognizing DSPs and raising awareness for the Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.   Scott stated “Direct support professionals provide a broad range of support for many Floridians with disabilities.  These dedicated professionals help disabled citizens by increasing their independence, keeping them connected with their family and community, and offering support and encouragement on a daily basis.”  We totally agree with Governor Scott.

To all the DSPs across Florida, we offer a hearty “Thank you for all that you do!”

Florida Medicaid Seeks Feeedback for Training

Florida Medicaid

Health Care Alerts & Provider Alerts Messages
July 2012

Provider Type(s): All

Survey
Florida Medicaid Provider Training Needs

The Florida Medicaid program continues its efforts to provide training opportunities to providers to clarify Florida Medicaid policy and avoid overpayments.  We are planning the training calendar for 2012-2013 and we would like your comments on how we can make the most effective use of your time and participation.

We have created a very short survey to help us identify your critical training needs.  This survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZV26J3Q.

Please complete the survey by July 27, 2012.

Thank you for your assistance.


Verizon Wireless And National Purchasing Partners Offer Customer Benefits For Nonprofit Organizations

Verizon Wireless And National Purchasing Partners Offer Customer Benefits For Nonprofit Organizations

SEATTLE and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are currently over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. To benefit these organizations, Verizon Wireless and National Purchasing Partners (NPP) today announced the availability of a new program offering cost advantages to non-profit organizations nationwide. Beginning today, nonprofit organizations that are members of NPP are eligible to purchase Verizon Wireless equipment and services at a discounted rate.

“With this advantage, nonprofit organizations can receive the opportunity to advance their business solutions at a lower cost,” said Marquett Smith, vice president of communications, Verizon Wireless. “These benefits allow customers who are members of National Purchasing Partners to save money, redirecting those funds to help support their causes.”

As part of Verizon Wireless’ efforts to support nonprofit agencies and organizations, the program is available for new and existing non-profit customers, as well as individual nonprofit employees upon registration. To qualify for these discounts, an organization must sign up for a free membership with NPP by visiting www.mynpp.com, contacting NPP nonprofit member support at 877.329.8847, or emailingnonprofit@mynpp.com for more information. Once membership is complete, organizations can apply to receive:

  • Up to 15 percent discount on eligible calling plans of $34.99 and above
  • Up to 25 percent discount on accessories
  • Discounts on select equipment

To inquire about eligibility, please contact NPP to receive more information. After signing up with NPP, contact a local Verizon Wireless sales representative at www.FindMyVZWRep.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About NPP
National Purchasing Partners is one of the largest cooperative purchasing organizations in the nation that serves thousands of nonprofits. NPP negotiates discounted rates on many products and services and passes the savings to our members. NPP is owned by an award winning nonprofit healthcare facility recently named the nation’s top hospital of the decade. NPP membership is free, with no minimum purchase requirement or obligation to purchase.

 

DDNA Annual National Conference

The 2012 Conference began with the Pre-Conference on May 4th, with the Conference held May 5th – 7th. The Conference was held at the beautiful Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL.   There was good attendance and it was an inspiring Conference which was opened by 10 year old girl who had a voice of a powerful angel.  This young girl was diagnosed with Autism and did not speak until she was 3 years old.  She thanked all the Nurses for the difference they make in the lives of children like her.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, including mine!

DDNA Annual National Conference pic

It was great having so many Nurses and others who are Therap Customers come over to our exhibit and say “Hello”!  I met so many wonderful, dedicated professionals and enjoyed sharing Therap Services with many interested folks across the Country!

I look forward to working with many new providers on reviewing and implementing Therap in their organizations and as always, supporting our faithful existing Therap Users to enhance their use, benefit and the further development of Therap Services for everyone!

 

More Cuts to Rates in Florida’s APD Budget

APD Continues Cost Containment Efforts

Tallahassee — On April 1, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will reduce the rates it pays for therapy assessments and all nursing services to the standard rate paid by the Medicaid State Plan. Currently, the APD Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid waiver pays higher rates for most of these services.

This rate change is the latest cost containment effort by APD to work toward bringing waiver expenses closer to the agency’s Legislative appropriation for the waiver.

The Legislature approved $810 million for APD’s Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid waiver for the 2011-12 state fiscal year that began on July 1. APD customers received $930 million worth of services last year.

While the agency is working to reduce Medicaid waiver expenditures, it is also looking for opportunities to increase waiver flexibility and equity for customers with the new iBudget Florida waiver. More than 3,000 APD customers in North Florida have transitioned to the new iBudget waiver which allows families to shift funding around to meet their current priorities.

APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. The agency’s Medicaid waiver helps to support about 30,000 individuals with developmental disabilities so they may live and participate in their local communities. Those 30,000 people will all be transitioned to the new iBudget Florida waiver by July 2013.

For more information on iBudget, visit the website iBudgetFlorida.org.

For more information on the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES or visit APDcares.org.

 

IPad Kiosks for Therap in Residential & Day Programs

Carolina Autism Supported Living Services in Charleston South Carolina has found a great way to use IPads in their group homes for documenting in Therap!  Here is a description and pictures from Phil Blevins, Executive Director:

 

“We used iPadWallBracket.com for the enclosure. There are many other sites with similar products but this seemed best for our purposes. We chose the enclosure that covers the “home” button. Then we installed a Kiosk program on the iPad. We chose Kiosk Pro from the Apple store. It’s free but there is a paid version with more features. We set the Therap login page as the start page and limited the kiosks browsing range to the therap domain. There are a few things I could note about setting it up if you ever want details.

We mounted the enclosure to a rolling laptop stand from Office Depot. Since it is plastic we chose not to drill holes in it but used a metal/plastic polymer adhesive to attach the enclosure.

We used iPads with WiFi instead of 3g so we have to make sure there is a working wireless router in the houses. And I’ve noticed that the iPad can’t handle the pop-up body image when entering skin/wound notes. But the staff person can still choose body parts from the drop-down menu. There may be other iPad quirks but we haven’t run into them yet.”
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Therap National Conference – A Big Success!

Therap National Conference pic1In preparation for Therap Services pre-conference meetings on Monday, some of us came in early on Sunday to catch the Superbowl at a local Sports Bar-Redds, right across the street from the Met-Life Stadium where the Giants and Jets play!  It was sweet victory for New York and very exciting to be in the middle of it all!

We had a great conference with around 350 attendees, 3 days of over 35 sessions including: Basic to Advanced User sessions, Provider Organizations Special Topic sessions and Brainstorming with Therap Programmers! 

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Of course, being New York, we always take a trip to “The City” and what a great time of eating pizza, walking around Manhattan to look at the sites!  

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If you missed it, you can still get to one of our Regional Conferences this year.  Check out when we are coming to a town near you!

      https://www.therapservices.net/conferences/