New Rates for July 1, 2015
APD announced that effective July 1, 2015, Personal Supports QH, Personal Supports Day, Support Coordination and CDC+ Consultant will all have an increased rate. Please see the link below for all the new rates. The changes to the cost plans and budgets will be made electronically and will not require the WSCs to redo any service authorizations and will not require the Regions to re-approve any service authorizations. That is the good news!
1) iBudget will be brought down on July 1st so the changes can be made. All FY 15-16 cost plans must be in approved status. Any cost plans that are in draft, or pending review status will have to be deleted by IT and any changes that have been made to those plans will be lost.
2) Please review all cost plans that are Pending Area Office Review for FY 15-16 and get them to approved status as soon as possible. If the reason for the pending review is due to a rejected service authorization that you are unable to resolve, complete a help desk ticket.
3) State Office staff will be reviewing any cost plans in Pending State Office Review to get them in approved status.
4) If support coordinators have consumers who currently have a FY 15-16 budget, however; they will not have a cost plan built prior to 7/1/15; the support coordinator will need to work with Region staff to get the budgets adjusted manually. Since those cost plans may or may not come for Region review, they will need to notify you who those consumers are.
5) Please encourage support coordinators to stop making any changes to cost plans after June 28, 2015 unless there is an emergency. This will give both the Region and State Office staff time to assist with getting all plans into approved status.
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Therap Services will be hosting a regional conference in West Palm Beach, Florida this October.
Attending the conference will be a good opportunity to learn about recent developments in Individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management from technology leaders 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 will include sessions on:
- Therap’s health tracking modules for appointments, seizures, lab tests, vital signs, and medication histories
- Therap Medication Administration Records (MAR)
- Therap Individual Service Plans (ISP)
- Hands on training on different other modules including Therap GERs (incident reports), Time Tracking, Secure Communications and Training Management
- Therap electronic billing, service authorizations and claim tracking
Please check back on our website for updates.
We look forward to seeing you in Florida!
In the coming months, we will be hosting conferences in many other states including Colorado, New York, Texas and Iowa. Details regarding these events can be found here.
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Check out this You Tube Video of our upcoming Release expected in July!
Video on Therap 2013.2 Release Preview
The following is a response from Kristin Allen, Delmarva Regional Manager, regarding changes in the new IBudget Handbook for monitoring HCBS Waiver providers for Service Logs:
The iBudget Handbook deleted Service Logs as “required” for Life Skills 3 however providers will still be bound by whatever is identified in the IPs as the data collection method, which historically has included service logs. It was a requirement, and “logical” in tracking progress. In terms of what should continue vs. what reviewers will be evaluating, the answer is more two-fold. Until the iBudget Handbook is promulgated as an organization continue to follow the November 2010 Handbook as per memo from Denise Arnold. However, our reviewers are using the new iBudget tools (but not citing providers for anything new) which means they will only be looking for a Daily Attendance Log which must include (for Life Skills 3) the name of the provider, name of the recipient, each date of service and the time period which means total time in attendance each day. It can be time in/out or just 4 hrs, 6 hrs, etc. For Residential Habilitation time in/out or time period is not required. One last note about service logs, although maybe not “required” they are useful in evaluating other standards.
The time period means total time in attendance each day. It can be time in/out or just 4 hrs, 6 hrs, etc. For Residential Habilitation time in/out or time period is not required.
|Florida ARF Recognizes DD Awareness Month – Tallahassee, FL (March 28, 2013) March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (NDDAM) and is a time when many of you are joining with others to raise awareness about developmental disability issues and the challenges faced by individuals with all types of disabilities. We agree wholeheartedly with the statement released by the national UCP organization which reads as follows: “During NDDAM, there are many accomplishments to celebrate. Advances in technology continue to enable greater participation in all kinds of activities, from video games to voting. Landmark legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has expanded access to services like healthcare and housing. Individuals with disabilities participated in the London Olympic games and the Miss America pageant last year, and the disability community was even mentioned in President Obama’s second inaugural address in January. But the challenges for people with disabilities continue despite these important advances. While the number of people in the United States with disabilities continues to grow, state and federal budget cuts threaten funding for vital government programs and services.”|
|Earlier this week, we were pleased to see Florida’s House and Senate Appropriations Committees recognized the need to appropriate additional funding to expand services to individuals with developmental disabilities who have been on a waitlist for services for many years. Also, The Arc of Florida’s legislative proposal to remove use of the “R” word from state legislation is receiving strong support. Within our member agencies, we see so many of you addressing the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in such positive ways, often with limited resources and restrictions, and we celebrate your efforts and accomplishments. While we still have much work to do to assist you in achieving your missions, it is rewarding to find so many things to celebrate!|
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:
* 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.
$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.
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.