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One Week Remaining for Regional Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida

Join us at at the Regional Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida from September 13-14. The conference will be held at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406. Visit the conference page to learn more about the event.

Registration: 2 Days Conference:

Regular Registration (Non-Refundable) : Ends on September 6, 2016 – $129

Regular Registration (Refundable) : Ends on September 12, 2016 – $149

Click here to register.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Room block ends on August 29 for Regional Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida

Therap will be hosting a regional conference for users of its developmental disability software in West Palm Beach, Florida. The conference will be held at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport from September 13-14, 2016.

The cut off date for the room block is August 29,  2016. To book a room with under Therap’s Room Block click this link Book a room at block rate. You can also call the hotel at +1-855-271-3617

For Regular room rates please click here to visit the Hotel Website.

As a reminder, registration for the conference is separate from hotel room reservations. A link to registration is here.

For more information visit the conference information page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Florida APD Reposted Requests for Information (RFI)

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities has reposted Requests for Information (RFI) to seek input on models the State of Florida may want to consider as it addresses.  The first announcement included wrong links.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  The four RFIs are available at:

 

 

 

 

 

Details of each RFI are posted to the State of Florida Vendor Bid System –http://www.myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.main_menu .

 

 

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

4030 Esplanade Way

Tallahassee, FL 32399

www.APDCares.org

Therap Services Wins South Carolina DDSN Contract for Statewide EHR

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Selects Therap Services as the Statewide Reporting System:

Electronic Documentation Software Solution for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Providers Wins Competitive Bid as the SaaS for SCDDSN

WATERBURY, Conn., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Therap Services, leader in electronic documentation software for Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Providers, announces it has been selected as the statewide Software as a System (SaaS) Reporting System for South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN).

“Therap Services is excited to work with the state of South Carolina as the electronic documentation and communication solution for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.” Stated Justin Brockie, Therap Services COO. “We are honored to have the opportunity to bring Therap’s secure transparency to South Carolina’s state teams, DSN Boards, providers, and citizens.”

“The new partnership between SCDDSN and Therap is an exciting and vital step in improving the quality of care and services for thousands of individuals with disabilities in South Carolina.  The benefits are multifold from both the individual perspective and the statewide level,” commented Dr. Beverly Buscemi, SCDDSN’s State Director.  “Therap offers us a comprehensive system to facilitate communication between caregivers, support professionals, specialists and families to better meet the needs of an individual while simultaneously enhancing our ability as the state’s system to collect, track and report sensitive information to meet state and federal requirements.  This new venture will move us forward in providing quality services.”

Barry Pollack, Southeast Regional Director for Therap Services, states “The partnership between Therap Services and South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs is a remarkable stride in its provision of the highest quality care to individuals. In its commitment to increase communication and maintain stellar documentation through use of Therap Services, SCDDSN remains on target with their mission to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals.”

Therap Services applications and certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) provide the documentation components needed by Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Agencies to maintain their focus while adapting to a changing environment within the Human Services industry.  State and federal agencies and standards, including CMS and HIPAA, mandate strict requirements on accurately tracking incidents, including those reports of abuse and neglect and prevention of Medicaid fraud. Therap’s customers can complete and monitor documentation efficiently across secure domains, enabling them to focus on providing higher quality services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Therap is used across disciplines in the I/DD field per the CMS home and community-based services (HCBS) requirements. Therap applications include over 70 modules ranging from documentation of service provision through a daily note, to person centered planning tools, incident report management, health assessments and individual care plans, an electronic MAR integrated with an industry-standard drug database, an individual referral process for state and multi-provider systems, a comprehensive report library for internal and external audits, to electronic billing direct to Medicaid through a secure, HIPAA 5010-compliant method.

About Therap Services, LLC

Therap Services provides secure, web-based documentation, communication and electronic billing services to over 1400 intellectual disability providers across the United States as well as for twelve state government ID systems of care.

This includes a certified EHR, HIPAA compliant Medicaid and private billing, service documentation and secure communication and data sharing between all stakeholders including families and self advocates.

Therap’s software-as-a-service solution is used in HCBS Waiver, ICF/IID and other services to document residential and community based supports, employment supports, case management, incident reporting, management of staff training records and for electronic billing claim submissions directly to Medicaid.

Learn more at www.TherapServices.net.

 

14c Subminimum Wage Certificates-Talking Points

FARF-Rework-PRINT-REGSuzanne Sewell, President & CEO , Troy Strawder, Board Chair

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  The bill addresses unemployment across the spectrum – from vocational training, resume writing and English as a second language, to laid-off workers, disabled veterans and Americans with disabilities – the legislation casts a wide net through a host of federal government programs.  In terms of Americans with disabilities, the bill is aimed at helping to prepare a new generation of young people with disabilities to succeed in competitive employment and predominantly impacts individuals with disabilities who are 24 years old and younger.  This “new generation” will be required to first try vocational rehabilitation services before they are permitted to work in jobs paying less than the federal minimum wage.  The bill is compatible with Florida’s Employment First Initiative which Florida ARF supports.

Meanwhile, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi is sponsoring the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (HR 831), that if passed, would phase out 14(c) special wage certificates under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 over a three year period.  The bill has 94 sponsors and additional members of congress are poised to sign on.  In Florida, six members of the congressional delegation have already signed onto the bill – Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ander Crenshaw, Alcee Hastings, Daniel Webster, and Dennis Ross.

Now more than ever, the insights and viewpoints of Floridians with disabilities and their representatives are essential to the policy discussions going on at the national level.  As we know, one size does not fit all.  Many Community Rehabilitation Provider Agencies serve diverse constituencies and it is imperative that we make sure our congressional leaders are provided with a balanced perspective on the concerns and merits of center-based work experiences and 14(c) certificates and the need for more oversight of the programs at the federal levels.  A number of variables play into the current equation including funding mechanisms, appropriate budget allocations and limits to disability compensations making it imperative that our congressional leaders recognize the true complexity of these issues.

We believe employees with disabilities and their representatives are the ones who should explain their experiences and tell their personal stories and that their representatives will hear and understand the complexities of the pending policy issues best when it comes from their own constituents.

Congressional Education Campaign

Florida ARF will be assisting its member agencies and interested parties with a campaign to educate members of the Florida Congressional delegation about the long-term implications of the policy decisions they are currently addressing.  We encourage recipients and community rehabilitation providers to demonstrate real-life examples of how the proposed legislation to phase out 14 (c) would impact Floridians with disabilities in each congressman and woman’s district.

Collecting Authentic, Florida Stories

First and foremost, the campaign will involve telling the stories of employees throughout the state about their experiences in center-based employment environments and 14(c) employment opportunities and what they and their caregivers would be doing if the programs were eliminated.

Even though we support federal legislation and Employment First trends for younger employees with disabilities for youth transitioning out of school, we still need to feature current employees that would not be served outside of their current environments so that every individual with a significant disability has employment options.  Therefore, we have developed a form to help your staff document the unique stories of the individuals they serve who receive 14 (c) subminimum wages.

Developing the Packet and Case Statement

With collaboration and final approval from each participating agency, staff will develop a packet of the top stories.  The packet will also include white papers from appropriate sources, a Florida ARF position paper, and other relevant materials developed in collaboration with staff from a member agency.

Schedule Visits to Congressional District Offices

The Florida ARF Grassroots webpage contains information on how to set up Congressional appointments and a link to each US Senator and Representative serving Florida.  Whenever possible, these visits should include employees with disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders on the scheduled visit to the congressional office.  Remember, the purpose of the visit is to ensure that each congressional office hears directly from the community that will be impacted by the pending policy changes and what repercussions it will have on both the employee and the employee’s caregivers’ quality of life.

Let’s make a difference nationally and empower all Floridians with disabilities to validate the current merits of their employment!

Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule Training Sessions

Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert
July 2014

Provider Type(s): 05, 67, and 76
Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule Training Sessions
The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) will conduct regular training session for individuals, providers and interested stakeholders on the federal Home and Community-Based Settings Rule.
The Agency has scheduled a session for:

Tuesday, July 15, 2:00 pm ET
To join the training session

1. Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-670-3525 (US) then enter attendee access code: 250 928 7551 #
2. Click on this link: Home and Community Based Settings Rule and Transition Planning.

3. Enter your name and email address.
4. Enter the session password: This session does not require a password.
5. Click “Join Now”.
6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

For further information, please visithttp://ahca.myflorida.com/Medicaid/hcbs_waivers/index.shtml or contact Sophia Whaley at

1 (850) 412-4284 or email .Sophia.Whaley@ahca.myflorida.com

HCBS Settings Rule

In March 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based programs. The rule requires the Agency to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on substantive changes to home and community based service waiver programs and to ensure persons who receive Medicaid home and community based services do so in and environment, and from providers who:

  • Involve them in the care planning process;
  • Help them to be active in the community;
  • Provide a home-like environment if a person lives in a group home, assisted living facility or adult family care home; and
  • Enable them to make personal choices.

We have developed a preliminary transition plan detailing the steps to be taken to implement the new rule.  The preliminary transition plan contains the following information:

  • An overview of the federal rule;
  • Planned transition activities;
  • A timeline for when the comprehensive transition plan will be developed;
  • Impending waiver amendments and renewals; and
  • Details on the public comment process.

The final comprehensive transition plan will be available for public comment in the fall of 2014.

The preliminary transition plan is available for public comment from June 25th 2014 until July 25th 2014. Comments within this time period may be sent to:

FLMedicaidWaivers@ahca.myflorida.com
OR
Agency for Health Care Administration
Attention: HCBS Waivers
2727 Mahan Drive, MS#20
Tallahassee, FL, 32308

Therap Services Announces U.S. Patent Issuance for Secure Electronic Reporting of Abuse or Neglect for I/DD Provider Agencies

WATERBURY, Conn., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Therap Services, leader in electronic documentation software for Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Providers, has received U.S. Government Patent No. 8,739,253 B2 for Managing Secure Sharing of Private Information Pertaining to Abuse or Neglect Across Security Domains on May 27, 2014.

Justin Brockie, Therap Services COO, states: “The award of this patent again confirms Therap’s status as the software leader in the intellectual disability community.  States and providers using Therap have shown the benefits of our approach to secure transparency and real time sharing.  These approaches can have a direct impact on the systems that support people with disabilities and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation.”

Therap’s patented application for secure sharing of private information pertaining to abuse or neglect includes granting a staff user from one agency (such as an Oversight Agency) the ability to access private information stored within a secondary Provider Agency account when access authorization is in place through assigned caseloads and permissions. This method ensures that staff members are able to securely access private information based on ‘need to know’.

Therap Services applications and certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) provide the documentation components needed by Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Agencies to maintain their focus while adapting to a changing environment within the Human Services industry.  State and federal agencies and standards, including CMS and HIPAA, mandate strict requirements on accurately tracking incidents, including those reports of abuse and neglect and prevention of Medicaid fraud. Therap’s customers can complete and monitor documentation efficiently across secure domains, enabling them to focus on providing higher quality services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Therap’s applications are utilized across disciplines in the I/DD field per the CMS home and community-based services (HCBS) requirements. Therap applications include over 70 modules ranging from documentation of service provision through a daily note, to person centered planning tools, incident report management, health assessments and individual care plans, an electronic MAR integrated with an industry-standard drug database, an individual referral process for state and multi-provider systems, a comprehensive report library for internal and external audits, to electronic billing direct to Medicaid through a secure, HIPAA 5010-compliant method.

About Therap Services, LLC

Therap Services’ certified EHR and documentation software solution are utilized by over 220,000 users in 1300 Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Provider Agencies. Use of Therap Services is mandated by 5 state governments. Therap’s software solution is used in home and community-based services (HCBS), intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF-DD) and other settings to document waiver service provision, employment supports, case management, incident reporting, management of staff training records and for electronic billing claim submissions directly to Medicaid. Therap Services is HIPAA OMNIBUS ACT of 2013 compliant. Learn more at www.therapservices.net.

 

 

Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program – Webinar 1/21/14

The Agency for Health Care Administration invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:

Topic: SMMC: Developmental Disabilities Webinar
Host: The Agency for Health Care Administration
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Session number: 643 551 021
Session password: This session does not require a password.

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To join the training session
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1. Go to https://suncom.webex.com/suncom/k2/j.php?ED=259209702&UID=1732291422&HMAC=7e63c53a351f9355a3cc5729dd8669f01089473c&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: This session does not require a password.
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://suncom.webex.com/suncom/k2/j.php?ED=2592…

Florida AHCA Alert: ADT Daily Billing

 

Better Health Care for All Floridians

FLORIDA MEDICAID
A Division of the Agency for Health Care Administration

Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert
   September 2013


Provider Type(s): 67,  096,  098

Update to Billing Instruction Reminder

Developmental Disabilities iBudget Providers should bill according to the Individual Budgeting Waivers Provider Rate Tables.  For example, providers billing for services under procedure codes T2021UC or S5102UC must use hourly units of services, up to a maximum of 8 units per day.

Please disregard recent instructions regarding situations when the same number of units of service is provided daily on consecutive days, and completion of the date span using the “From—To Dates” dates of service.

A new claim line must be used for each day.

Please contact your local Medicaid Area Office for assistance with billing issues. Contact information for your local Medicaid Area Office may be found at http://mymedicaid-florida.com.

Update – Change in Meeting Date: Provider Training: Medicaid Coverage & Prior Authorization for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

FLORIDA MEDICAID
A Division of the Agency for Health Care Administration

Health Care Alerts & Provider Alerts Messages
    May 2013


Provider Type(s): 05, 07, 16, 25, 26, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 77, 81 and 91  

Update – Change in Meeting Date
Provider Training: Medicaid Coverage & Prior Authorization for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

Provider training on “Medicaid Coverage & Prior Authorization for Applied Behavior Analysis Services” will be held on the dates and times listed below.  We will  provide guidance about Florida Medicaid policy for Applied Behavior Analysis services,  the prior authorization request process, and information  about service codes, reimbursement rates, and billing process.

This training session will be offered on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.ET and again onThursdayMay 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.ET.

To join the webinar on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., ET, please:

1. Dial: 1 (888) 670-3525 and at the prompt enter the Participant passcode 633 897 8710 then #

2. Go to: to

https://suncom.webex.com/suncom/k2/j.php?ED=178258682&UID=1372369707&HMAC=17138155dc0a0e0ce30ae5cdc38628fe18e8bbc3&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

3. Enter your name and email address.

4. Enter the session password: This session does not require a password.

5. Click “Join Now”.

6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

You don’t need to register or reserve space; just call and log-in at the designated time. The training will follow a PowerPoint presentation found at the Florida Medicaid Provider Training e-Library website.

To download the presentation to view during the webinar, please click on the “Upcoming Training and Schedules” tab, then right click on the hyperlink for the Training Presentation, choose “Save Target As…” and save a copy of the presentation to your computer.  You may also click on the hyperlink for the training presentation and view it online.

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact elibrarytraining@ahca.myflorida.com

To join the webinar on ThursdayMay 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., ET, please:

1. Dial: 1 (888) 670-3525 and at the prompt enter the Participant passcode 633 897 8710 then #

2. Go to: to

https://suncom.webex.com/suncom/k2/j.php?ED=178259457&UID=1372378112&HMAC=f08e088d2d4644a1592020a7ec3b9137b4be3acc&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

3. Enter your name and email address.

4. Enter the session password: This session does not require a password.

5. Click “Join Now”.

6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
You don’t need to register or reserve space; just call and log-in at the designated time. The training will follow a PowerPoint presentation found at the Florida Medicaid Provider Training e-Library website.

To download the presentation to view during the webinar, please click on the “Upcoming Training and Schedules” tab, then right click on the hyperlink for the Training Presentation, choose “Save Target As…” and save a copy of the presentation to your computer.  You may also click on the hyperlink for the training presentation and view it online.

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact elibrarytraining@ahca.myflorida.com.

 

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