Therap Services Receives CCHIT Federal Certification

 

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Therap Services, LLC.
Therap Services EHR 2013.2.8

Long Term and Post Acute Care EHR

This product has been inspected against integrated functionality, interoperability and security criteria independently developed by CCHIT’s broadly representative, expert work groups. Using CCHIT’s testing methods, this product has been found in full compliance with the criteria in effect on the date of inspection.

 

©2012 Inspected and certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®).

 

About Therap Services EHR
Therap Services was designed to help care providers record and maintain documentation for people with developmental disabilities. It is the needs of the Individuals and caregivers that together drive Therap’s product development. This has led to a comprehensive range of applications to document almost every aspect of Individual care. Over the years, Therap has become the recognized national leader in providing a web based, HIPAA compliant, Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Software as a Service (SaaS) application suite designed specifically for the intellectual and developmental disability community that address: – Electronic Health Records – Incident Reporting – Individual Profiles – Medicaid Billing – Medication Administration – Documentation and Reporting – Quality Assurance Everyday people are logging in from thousands of facilities, programs and community based locations to enter information on approximately 150,000 Individuals. Therap is programmed to be usable “out of the box” but also configurable to meet state regulations, requirements, and workflows. Using Therap’s Individual specific modules, agencies can create care plans and medication profiles for each Individual. Therap stores external documents including Referral Documents, Admission Orders, Authorization, Consultation Reports, Discharge Orders, Incident Reports, Progress Notes and Lab Results. Therap also works with Medicaid Waiver Provider Agencies operating community based programs and providers who operate ICF/DD programs and wish to track Service Authorizations and Electronic 837P/837I claims.Product URL: https://www.therapservices.net/products/
About Therap Services, LLC.Therap Services, LLC. is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation, reporting and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with developmental disabilities. Therap applications, forms and modules are HIPAA compliant. Therap offers services to care providers in the ID/DD field which is an alternative solution to completing immense amounts of paperwork manually. Therap has expanded to over 47 states in the United States and provinces in Canada. In North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Delaware and Montana, all provider agencies are mandated to use Therap applications. Therap provides state specific functionality, support and training materials for users in different states. Therap’s patented technology (US Patent# 8,281,370) for managing secure sharing of private information across security domain guarantees that users can communicate effectively in a HIPAA compliant manner. The use of Therap Applications enables providers to efficiently share and communicate Protected Health Information (PHI) in real time. Therap maintains high-end, industrial-strength equipment and infrastructure software with redundancy of devices and system components and managed parallel communications access. Therap also conducts scheduled backups with offsite storage. Therap thrives to meet and exceed the need of the ID/DD community with their commitment to service availability and data security through a highly redundant set of hardware and software.
Vendor Phone: 203-568-1360

Non-Profit to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation

Idaho Non-Profit Agrees to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation

By Carlton Purvis

01/03/2013 –Picture of Security ManagementIn a first of its kind settlement, a non-profit medical facility in Idaho will pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $50,000 for HIPAA violations surrounding potential exposure of patient information.

The settlement is the first involving a breach of electronic protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

“This action sends a strong message to the health care industry that, regardless of size, covered entities must take action and will be held accountable for safeguarding their patients’ health information.” said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez in an HHS press release published Wednesday.

In February 2010, Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) reported to HHS that an unencrypted laptop containing information on 441 patients was stolen from inside an employee’s car.

An OCR investigation found that HONI had no policies or procedures in regard to mobile device security as required by HIPAA. Additionally, HONI had never done any type of electronic protected health information risk analysis.

The laptop was never recovered.

When a breach impacts more than 500 individuals, companies are required tonotify all major media outlets in their state, as well as the government. A notice is included on the Department of Health and Human Services Web site in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

For breaches that affect fewer than 500 people, organizations keep a log that is turned in to the Secretary of Health and Human Services annually.

In addition to the fine, the December 28th agreement includes a two-year corrective action plan that mandates that the facility immediately report any future breaches to HHS.

“The theft of the laptop was out of our hands, but the measures we have taken since then to ensure the security and privacy of our patients’ information have been numerous,” Brenda Wild, Hospice of North Idaho Board President said in a written statement.

Since the incident, the facility has increased security on any equipment that contains patient information, including encryption and increased password protection, and scheduled security training.

HONI’s staff of more than 100 people is North Idaho’s only inpatient hospice facility. The organization serves members of the community regardless of their ability to pay.

MeckLINK to go to Cardinal

Mecklenburg to turn over MeckLINK, fed money

Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
 Mecklenburg County will abandon an idea to create its own authority to govern MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare and the millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money it uses to provide mental health services.

Instead, a MeckLINK committee of four county commissioners is set to recommend to the full board next Tuesday that the county negotiate the best deal possible to turn over the program to Kannapolis-based Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. That would effectively dissolve MeckLINK and send Cardinal nearly $200 million in Medicaid funding that county uses each year for services to 120,000 patients.

It was clear from the committee’s Tuesday meeting that board members have all but given up the fight to keep MeckLINK and want to negotiate what is best for the consumers and providers – and MeckLINK’s 200 employees. Committee members were clear in what they want the county to get in the negotiations.

Those wishes include:

• A “proportionate” representation on the Cardinal board to give Mecklenburg a significant say in how its Medicaid money is used. The 15-county Cardinal oversees services for 187,000 consumers, compared with MeckLINK’s 120,000.

• Cardinal reimbursing at least some of the money Mecklenburg has sunk into MeckLINK. The county has spent $8.4 million to get the agency running and continues to pay $90,000 in monthly operating costs. Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster said in conversations with Cardinal CEO Pam Shipman that Shipman wasn’t against some level of payback.

Dena Diorio, also an assistant county manager, told the committee that MeckLINK’s reserve fund of as much as $4.5 million would be retained, possibly lowering the reimbursement request.

• Cardinal hiring MeckLINK employees who are “in good standing for positions they would want to hire” and MeckLINK consumers being able to keep the same providers if they choose.

In late December, the predecessor to N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos tried to reassign MeckLINK to Cardinal. But after Mecklenburg threatened to sue, Wos allowed the county to continue operating – and governing – MeckLINK.

But in June, state legislators passed a law that forced the agency to operate under a single-county, independent authority or merge with an already existing multi-county authority by April 1.

For weeks, relatives of consumers and many providers have urged the county to pursue a single-county authority. In the end, commissioners said it would be too costly.

Commissioner Trevor Fuller, who chairs the committee, said he believes Mecklenburg has leverage to use in the negotiations. “We do have something they want,” Fuller said. “They want these people (the 120,000 consumers), and they want the ability to manage that amount of money.”

The new law requires county commissions in each of the authority’s counties to approve how Cardinal appoints its board. If Mecklenburg doesn’t approve the method, the authority wouldn’t comply with the law. “They would need our approval to do what they want to do,” Fuller said.

County Attorney Marvin Bethune told the committee that Mecklenburg could simply walk away from MeckLINK and tell the state “we’re terminating our contract on March 31. We’re not doing anything more – do what you want to do.”

That option didn’t seem to get much support from committee members. But “it is an option,” Fuller said. “We certainly can’t allow ourselves to be put in a position where get completely run over. So as a last resort, we can say, ‘fine, you want it, you manage all the issues, you pay for all the transition. Don’t ask us for anything.’

“But that gets messy.”

Still, he said, the county could use that threat to get state help with the negotiations. “If Cardinal is recalcitrant, we will need the state to control them a little,” Fuller said.

Lancaster said Shipman told her that Cardinal could transition MeckLINK within 120 days after a deal is sealed.

“The clock’s ticking,” said commissioner Bill James, a committee member.

Before the committee takes its recommendations to the full board on Tuesday, it wants to meet on Monday with Wos, Cardinal CEO Shipman and her board chair, and Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County, a key author of the law requiring MeckLINK to be governed by an authority.

“We want to hear from the secretary and Rep. Dollar what their vision is for what they’re trying to accomplish,” Fuller said. “And we want to have a conversation with (Cardinal officials) about how to get to where we need to be. We need some beginnings of commitment.

“We have looked at all the options, and are trying to do the best we can in a bad situation.”

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Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/10/29/4425126/mecklenburg-to-turn-over-mecklink.html#.UnFMBfnrwh9#storylink=cpy

Therap Florida Regional Conference-West Palm Beach

Therap Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida October 22-23, 2013

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 billingservice authorizations and claim tracking

Please check back on our website for updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Florida!


Future conferences

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.

 


Therap’s HIPAA compliant documentation, reporting and communications solutions are widely used by organizations, working with people with developmental disabilities in home and community-based services (HCBS) and other settings. Direct Support Professionals, nurses, supervisors, executive directors and CEO’s in 1000+ agencies, in over 47 states, are using Therap’s paperless solutions to improve quality of care. To learn more about Therap please visit www.TherapServices.net.
Date & Time
October 22-23, 2013
8 am – 5 pm everyday
Location
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida
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SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING FUNDING

See Announcement below:

From: Special_Needs_Housing Listmanager

[mailto:Special_Needs_Housing.listmanager@www.floridahousing.org] Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 2:57 PM
Subject: Funding Opportunties for Housing for Homeless Persons and Persons with Developmental Disabilities

From: “Elaine Roberts” <elaine.roberts@floridahousing.org>

Florida Housing Finance Corporation was appropriated non-recurring grant funds by the 2013 Legislature as follows: $10 million for housing for persons with developmental disabilities, and $10 million for housing for homeless persons and families. Florida Housing has announced two public workshops, both on August 8, 2013, to discuss how we expect to offer this funding and receive comments on our proposed approaches from interested stakeholders. We expect to offer the funding through three “Requests for Applications” (RFAs) as follows:
• An RFA for small developments to provide permanent supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities;
• An RFA for larger developments to provide permanent supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities; and
• An RFA for to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless persons and families.
Go tohttp://apps.floridahousing.org/StandAlone/FHFC_ECM/ContentPage.aspx?PAGE=0400 for information on where and when the public meetings will be held. In addition, you will find discussion documents for each RFA that describe Florida Housing’s proposed funding approaches.

Elaine Roberts – Florida Housing Finance Corporation

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To (un)subscribe: mailto: Special_Needs_Housing.list-request@www.floridahousing.org

Mobile ISP Data-Coming this Summer, 2013

Check this out!  Coming in the Summer Release!  Staff will now be able to use an Android Mobile Devise to access the Mobile ISP Data App, Login, enter Time In & Time Out, enter ISP Data, score and comment using the built in voice to text functionality, GPS Location enabled, snap a picture and get a verification signature.  See all this and more by clicking the link below!

Mobile ISP Data Link

Mobile ISP Data

Florida IBudget Handbook – Change in “Service Logs”

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.

 

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 Florida Regional Conference, West Palm Beach, December 4-5, 2012

Regional Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, December 4-5, 2012

Register for Regional Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, December 4-5, 2012The 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 andbilling (see below)
  • Sessions focused on implementation and effective use
  • User presentations, brainstorming and discussions
  • User group meeting and discussions

Registration:
Registration Fee: $85
Register by November 20, 2012 to receive the
Early Bird Discount, and pay $75 per attendee.
Click here to register for this event

Downloads:
Information Flyer
Preliminary Schedule (in Black & White)

Venue & Accommodations:
Holiday Inn West Palm Beach Airport Hotel and Conference Center
Note: Ask for the Therap Block Rate
of $79 (+Taxes) when reserving rooms.
(Reserve by 11/18/2012 5:00pm)

Software Suite for Developmental Disability Providers

Get a first-hand introduction to Therap’s software system for intellectual and developmental disability providers from our conferences. Learn how to track your progress/nursing notes, ISPs and goals, incidents, health information, billing, and more. Generating reports become easy from the data you store. Electronic documentation will reduce the time it takes to do paperwork and clear up more time to attend to the individuals’ needs. You can also network with agencies similar to yourself at these conferences and discuss processes and implementation.

Developmental Disabilities Software announces Safe Harbor Self-Certification Compliance

Therap Services Home and Community Based Services Software Meets Online Privacy Protection Requirements

PR Newswire

WATERBURY, Conn., Nov. 12, 2012

WATERBURY, Conn., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Therap Services announced its compliance with theU.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework. Therap’s developmental disabilities software complies with HIPAAand Safe Harbor security and privacy requirements for individuals, families, providers and government agencies. The self-certification includes Therap Services on the list of participating organizations for theSafe Harbor Framework, which is developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Therap’s Home and Community Based Services software has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, securitydata integrity, access, and enforcement. The development of the Safe Harbor framework is a result of the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection. This Directive prohibits the transfer of personal data to non-European Union countries that do not meet EU standards for privacy protection.

Therap Services Developmental Disability Software ensures privacy and security in the storage and transmission of information. Case management information entered by service providers and government agencies regarding incident reportsmedication administration records, or individual service plansfor a person with intellectual disabilities receive reliable and secure access over the Internet. Therap’s patented software gives HCBS agencies the ability to specify caseloads and roles of authorization.

Richard Robbins, Therap C.E.O said, “European based agencies can use Therap’s system with the comfort that our security and data protection is in compliance with the Safe Harbor regulations.”

About Therap

Therap’s HIPAAARRA and HITECH compliant Developmental Disabilities software applications are widely used in home and community-based services (HCBS) and other ID/DD provider settings for documentation, communication and reporting. The web based system by Therap provides person centered planning and assists with case management and eligibility assessments for support providers and state organizations working with developmental disabilities. Secure applications offered by Therap include individual support modules such as incident reportsmedication administration records(MAR)behavior trackingcase management, individual service plans and goal trackinghealth recordssupported employment notes, nursing notes and progress notes among others. Therap also offers staff support for employee training management by certified trainers, individual budgetingand work scheduling as well as billing solutions including service authorizationsattendance andMedicaid claim tracking modules.

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