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Only a few Weeks Remaining for the State Conference in Columbia, South Carolina

Only a few weeks remaining for the state conference in Columbia, South Carolina. This is a three days conference. The conference is scheduled from May 30th to April 2nd and will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia.

April 30th will be a 1 day Case Management and Early Intervention session. Over the course of the whole day, sessions will provide opportunities for new and experienced Case Managers to learn about required and optional Case Management support documentation and reporting, and learn how to get the most out of your use of Therap.

Click here to register for the conference on day 1.

May 1st and 2nd are 2-day session designed for Day, Residential, Employment, and Community Support Providers. These 2-day sessions are for experienced and new Service Providers to learn about required and optional modules, new modules, enhancements and how to utilize and benefit more from individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management.

Click here to register for the conference on day 2 & 3.

Conference highlights will include:

  • Case Management and Early Intervention Providers only on Day 1
  • Residential, Day and Community Support Providers on Day 2 and Day 3
  • Opening remarks by Therap and DDSN Implementation Team Members
  • Experienced User Presentations and Panel Discussions
  • A combination of Tutorial, Discussion-Based and Workshop Learning Opportunities
  • Time for one-on-one training and discussion with Therap staff

Come, join this 3 days conference to learn and network with the Therap experts and brainstorm about the future needs of the ID/DD services industry. Jeff Covington, Leah Sewell, and Barry Pollack will walk you through the conference.

Click here to join the conference on day 1 and click here to join the conference on day 2.

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Therap Services Statewide Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, May 3-5, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the upcoming conference in Columbia, South Carolina, May 3-5, 2016. The conference will be held for 3 days.

Day 1 of the conference is suitable for Case Managers.

2nd and 3rd days of the conference are suitable for Service Providers.

Conference highlights will include:

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Beverly Buscemi on Days 1 & 2
  • Case Management Providers only on Day 1
  • Day & Residential Providers Day 2 and Day 3
  • User Presentations
  • Ample question and answer opportunities
  • Time for one-on-one training/meeting with Therap staff

Due to SCDDSN’s generous sponsorship for this conference, it is open to users in South Carolina only.

Surrounding states will be having their own regional conferences.

For more information click here

By |2016-11-03T10:01:43+00:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Conferences|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Therap Services Statewide Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, May 3-5, 2016

DOL Homecare Rule Webinar

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WEBINAR INFORMATION:

The Department of Labor (DOL) published a Final Rule on October 1, 2013 extending minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to most home care workers (who may have job titles such as home health aide or personal care assistant) who provide essential assistance to people with disabilities and older adults.  On August 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision upholding the Final Rule.  On Friday, September 18th from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time, senior leadership from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Office of the Solicitor will hold a webinar to discuss the Home Care Final Rule.  Presenters will provide an overview of the Final Rule as well as the Department’s guidance regarding joint employment in domestic service employment under the FLSA and the application of the FLSA to shared living programs.  Our comments will address questions we have received from states, including about the home care litigation.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR:

Please click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-care-final-rule-implementation-webinar-for-states-registration-18538483102  to register for the webinar.

Once you register, you will receive an email with the information you need to access the webinar.

QUESTIONS:

There will be a question and answer period after DOL’s presentation.  If you would like to submit a question(s) in advance, please email it totatum.laura@dol.gov at your earliest convenience.  During the webinar, we will respond to as many questions as possible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Information about the Home Care Final Rule is available athttp://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/.

Information about the litigation related to the Home Care Final Rule is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/litigation.htm.

U.S. Court of Appeals Unanimously Upholds DOL Home Care Rul

U.S. Court of Appeals Unanimously Upholds DOL Home Care Rule

 

Thank you for your engagement with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division regarding the Home Care Final Rule.On Friday, August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a unanimous decision upholding the Home Care Final Rule. DOL issued the statement below, which is available on our website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/litigation.htm

This site will be updated with any changes related to litigation, so please check back for updates.

Today’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is vital to nearly two million home care workers, who will now qualify for minimum wage and overtime protections. The decision confirms this rule is legally sound. And just as important, the rule is the right thing to do — both for employees, whose demanding work merits these fundamental wage guarantees, and for recipients of services, who deserve a stable and professional workforce allowing them to remain in their homes and communities.

The DOL has led an unprecedented implementation program to help employers prepare for compliance, including offering an extensive and individualized technical assistance program, providing a 15-month period before the effective date to aid compliance, and adopting a time-limited non-enforcement policy. DOL has repeatedly encouraged states and other employers to take the necessary steps toward implementation. The Department continues to stand ready to provide technical assistance to states and other entities as they implement the Final Rule.

CMS Releases Heightened Scrutiny Guidance for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rules

Washington, DC (June 26, 2015)

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued guidance on how they intend to address “heightened scrutiny” for settings that are subject to the home and community based services (HCBS) rule that went into effect on March 17, 2014.  The guidance restates the standard for settings that are presumed institutional (located in a building that is also a publicly or privately operated facility that provides inpatient institutional treatment, or in a building located on the grounds of, or immediately adjacent to, a public institution).  Additionally, any setting which has the effect of isolating individuals will be presumed to be institutional.  For any of these instances, a state may submit evidence to overcome the presumption and demonstrate how the setting does meet the HCBS standards set forth.  The new rules also offer states the option to develop “tiered standards for residential settings” which will allow states to “close the front door” to some providers while allowing existing providers of the same services to continue.  This means that a state could set one compliant standard for existing providers and set a different, higher standard for new providers.

CMS: New Manged Care and Quality Assurance Standards

The “correct” quality assurance program will always be a question until CMS requires states to standardize their Managed Care processes among MCOs in each state. We all have the opportunity to discuss standardization now, which will not come around again for years. Please see the below information from ANCOR. I encourage people to comment on the CMS proposed rules. CMS Issues

Landmark Proposed Rule on Medicaid Managed Care

On June 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule titled “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP Delivered in Managed Care, Medicaid and CHIP Comprehensive Quality Strategies, and Revisions Related to Third Party Liability.” The agency states that this proposed rule would modernize the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed care delivery systems.

Home care providers will want to be aware that the proposed rule proposes to add a definition for long term care support services (LTSS).  The CMS proposal defines LTSS as “services and supports provided to beneficiaries of all ages who have functional limitations and/or chronic illnesses that have the primary purpose of supporting the ability of the beneficiary to live or work in the setting of their choice, which may include the individual’s home, a provider-owned or controlled residential setting, a nursing facility, or other institutional setting.”  CMS states that they intend for community based services within the scope of this definition to be largely non-medical in nature and focused on functionally supporting people living in the community.  Examples of what CMS would consider community based LTSS include Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) delivered through a section 1915(c) waiver, section 1915(i), or section 1915(k) state plan amendments, as well as personal care services otherwise authorized under the state plan.

HCAOA also notes that CMS is seeking to amend the existing regulation requiring each state to establish a credentialing and re-credentialing policy that addresses all the providers, including LTSS providers, covered in their managed care program regardless of the type of service provided by such providers.

Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through July 27, 2015. A copy of the proposed rule can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=CMS-2015-0068-0001

Regional Conference in Columbia, South Carolina is Next Week

The regional conference in Columbia, South Carolina at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia starts Tuesday next week, May 12-13, 2015.

Click here to view the schedule. This conference has been designed for users of Therap’s software for developmental disability providers.

For more information visit the conference information page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Schedule Published for Regional Conference in Columbia, South Carolina

The preliminary schedule for the regional conference in Columbia, South Carolina on May 12-13, 2015 has been published. Click here to view the schedule. This conference has been designed for users of Therap’s software for developmental disability providers.

The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia.

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference information page.

We look forward to seeing you in South Carolina!

By |2015-05-04T09:35:41+00:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: Conferences|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Schedule Published for Regional Conference in Columbia, South Carolina

New Hampshire House Passes First-In-The-Nation Legislation To End Payment of Subminimum Wages To People with Disabilities

New Hampshire House Passes First-In-The-Nation Legislation To End Payment of Subminimum Wages To People with Disabilities

Press  Release,  April 15, 2015
CONCORD, NH – Today the New

Hampshire House of Representatives passed SB 47. New Hampshire becomes the first state in the country to repeal statutes that permit employers to pay persons with disabilities less than the state minimum wage simply because they have a disability. SB 47 received unanimous bipartisan support in both the house and the senate.

“SB 47 is a historic policy statement that reflects the current approach to hiring persons with disabilities that has evolved since the 1940’s in New Hampshire – every person with a disability can be competitively employed with the right supports and right job match,” said Chris Rueggeberg, Policy Director for the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. “Paying people with disabilities subminimum wages is not necessary or helpful for them to get a job. They can be hired on their merits and abilities,” added Rueggeberg.

SB 47 prime sponsor Senator Hosmer has hired people with disabilities at his AutoServ business for the past 20 years. “The people I hire improve the whole culture and working atmosphere for all my employees,” said Senator Hosmer. SB 47 repeals outdated statutes and outdated approaches to hiring persons with disabilities that date to 1949.  Employers in New Hampshire no longer pay persons with disabilities a subminimum wage. Sheltered workshops are closed. Disability rights organizations, rehabilitation professionals, persons with disabilities working at competitive wage jobs and their employers, the NH Labor Department, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for Blind and Visually Impaired in the NH Department of Education all worked to pass SB 47. “I’m very pleased that the House has approved SB 47.  Last year, when I discovered that it is was legal in New Hampshire to pay persons with a disability less than the minimum wage simply because of their disability I introduced legislation to study this issue. The
study committee that I chaired unanimously recommended legislation to ban this practice in New Hampshire, ”  said former State
Representative  Chris Muns.

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded state agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life. The Council carries out its mission through education, advocacy and the funding of innovative projects that make a difference in people’s lives. Find out more at http://www.nhddc.org.

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Early Bird Registration for Regional Conference in Columbia, South Carolina ends on April 11, 2015

Early Bird registration deadline is fast approaching for the regional conference in Columbia, South Carolina on May 12-13, 2015. The Early Bird rate of $99 is only valid till April 11, 2015. Click here to register now for Early Bird rates.

Therap’s regional conference in Columbia, South Carolina will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia from May 12-13, 2015. This conference has been designed for users of Therap’s software for developmental disability providers. Discussions in the conference will include compliance with policies and procedures from the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. For more information on the conference visit the conference information page.

Registration:

Early Bird (Non-Refundable) : Sign up by April 11, 2015 – $99

Regular Registration (Non-Refundable) : Starting from April 12, 2015 – $129

Regular Registration (Refundable) : Starting from April 12, 2015 – $149

We look forward to seeing you there!

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