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.
Idaho Non-Profit Agrees to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation
01/03/2013 –In 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.
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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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 email@example.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.
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.
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.