Free Webinar: Management Tips for Therap Administrators,Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT

We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on the ways to use Therap to assist with internal communication which will be held on Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT. Certified Trainer, Tamela Rystrom, Executive Director of California Community Opportunities, will highlight tips that will allow administrators to keep their hands on the “pulse” on the overall health of the agency, review her agency processes for conducting internal investigations, and much more.

Click here to register.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Free Webinar: Management Tips for Therap Administrators,Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT

ABLE Act Passed in GA

HB 768, Georgia’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, was passed by the Georgia General Assembly this session and signed into law by Governor Deal on May 3, 2016, thanks to the efforts of a coalition of more than 35 advocacy organizations led by All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) with the assistance of Autism Speaks and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD).

The ABLE Act is a law passed by Congress in December 2014 with strong bipartisan support. It amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow for tax advantaged savings account like the 529 higher education savings accounts we have had in Georgia for many years. The primary purpose of an ABLE account is to allow people with serious disabilities to save for qualified disability expenses without violating the $2,000 asset limits that apply to eligibility for Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and other benefits programs. Thirty-six states have created the legal authority for ABLE account programs.

Reference: All About Developmental Disabilities, Disability Scoop

By |2016-06-06T16:17:03+00:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on ABLE Act Passed in GA

Person Centered Excellence

How do we monitor success in the services that we provide? We all enter a lot of data every day into Therap, but how are you using it? Do you look at health care reports to see if a person is gaining or losing weight? Do you monitor how many times the person has been to the doctor with the flu in the past few years? How does the data “speak to you” so that you are providing person centered services to the people you support? Just food for thought…Happy Therap-ing.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Person Centered Excellence

Only 3 Weeks Away!

Happy January to you all from us here at Tobosa Developmental Services in Roswell, NM.  I wanted to start the New Year off by expressing how very excited I am about the National Conference in Vancouver, WA!  We were lucky enough to get selected to do 3 presentations during the conference.  I am looking forward to networking with new people and to seeing some great familiar faces.  We will be taking a group of 6 from here (including Bill Jones and I – who will both be presenting).  What an awesome experience we had at the other conferences we attended and we have no doubts that this one will be just as awesome.

One of the things we are working on here in Roswell, is to use the Training Academy more formally this year.  We have been using it since Nationals last year, very informally.  We use it now to learn about new modules as we attempt to use them within our agency.  But starting in 2016 we are looking at implementing them into our New Employee Orientation Training.  It is exciting and I can’t wait to see how we make it work for us.

I could blog on for hours, but I will wrap it up – and save my breathe for our presentations – Can you believe it is in 3 weeks from today?!?!  Ahhhhh!!!!!  Better get back to preparing -ha ha.  See you guys there.


Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Billing!


Hopefully by now everyone is working out the “kinks” in their ICD-10 codes. I have learned from other providers that a “parent” diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability is needed (F70, F71, F72, etc.) instead of a diagnosis of autism or other disabilities. In order to get paid for a service that is strictly for individuals with intellectual disabilities, you must have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability. If you do not have a primary diagnosis, you need to get one as soon as possible. So far, we have had smooth billing! Hope everyone else is having success as well!


By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00November 19th, 2015|Categories: Kristy Dominy's Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Billing!

Certified Trainer Reminders for 2016

Hi All,
I certainly hope your day /week is off to a fantastic start! This is just a friendly reminder to take a look at your Certified Trainer Checklist and confirm that you have done what’s needed to maintain your certification OR at least verify you’re on track to meet the requirements prior to its expiration. I’ve included the certified trainer checklist below:–revised+2.17.15.pdf

I am planning for 2016 and want to ensure I have all your webinar topics, dates, times logged and posted on our website. You can literally train in just about any Therap related modules and/ or industry topics (i.e. ICD-10, State specific regs, Transitioning to an Electronic Health Record system, HIPPA, etc..)

Just so you know, your webinars and blogs are in HIGH demand! I can’t wait to see all the great things each of you do in 2016!

Lastly, I want to give a huge congrats to all our new Certified Trainers. In 2015 alone we have added 18 new trainers!

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to ensuring every Therap user is fully supported!

Hope to see many of you at the National Conference —it will be a lot of fun!

By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Certified Trainer Reminders for 2016

ICD10 Codes Causing Issues

For any providers who have not billed using the new ICD10 codes, claims that include diagnosis codes for unspecified intellectual disabilities are not being paid. I also spoke with a local physician who is having trouble with his billing because he stated that he has to know the cause of the illness before he can select the correct diagnosis code. For example, if a patient has pharyngitis, he would need to know if it is bacterial or viral. So more tests have to be order in order to select the right code – there is no unspecified code anymore. But, while he is ordering the additional (and costly) tests, he cannot bill the current appointment because he is awaiting the test results to get the correct diagnosis to bill by. It is slowing billing down and causing some major issues. When we find out more about how to bill the individuals with the 319 code, I will let everyone know. For now, it looks like you have to have the person “re-diagnosed” to get a billable code.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00October 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on ICD10 Codes Causing Issues

Becoming a New Therap Trainer

I just wanted to take a moment and say I’m so honored to finally join the Therap Certified Trainer team. I can’t wait to get blog posts going and schedule some webinars in the future. I know there is so much more for me to learn, and I’m excited for this new adventure. My favorite part of Therap has always been training new employees and spreading excitement about the system, so I’m looking forward to reaching more users and sharing some methods we use in our agency here in Hunterdon County, NJ.

Chat soon!

By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00October 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Becoming a New Therap Trainer

Tips for Presentations/Overview of Cert. Trainer Program

Hi Trainers!
I certainly hope you enjoyed the webinar regarding the certified trainer program and tips for preparing for your presentations. As I was creating the PowerPoint for this webinar, I deviated slightly from what the topic suggested as it was a great chance to speak to new and old trainers alike. I couldn’t pass up that opportunity so, thank you for hanging in there!
I certainly hope that the “orientation” piece was a great refresher for some and covered any lingering questions for new Trainers. Speaking of “New” we have about 10+ new trainers added to the program since January. OWW!!! Please take an opportunity to reach out to them and give any useful advice ( I will create a separate blog welcoming folks).
As discussed in the recording below, presentations can be webinars, live trainings at local user groups, conducting conference sessions, and anything else we can think of in terms of assisting our fellow Therap users. While all the content was great, I am most excited about your new ideas for the program. I will be reviewing the completed surveys and pass along new ideas as they are approved. Please do not forget to submit your Therap Certified Trainer Checklist so that I can issue your certification.

Lastly, I did not spend a ton of time, if any, talking about the National Conference. However, please do not forget to register for the National Conference. We (Certified Trainers) have an exclusive reception planned and if you haven’t realized, if I am apart of it, it’s sure to be fun! If you’ve never been to a National Conference, it’s a lot of fun! I am eager to meet as many of you personally, as possible. Keep an eye out on our main website for additional National Conference information.

In closing, I am extremely honored to work with each of you! I recognize that each of you devote your personal time to helping others master Therap. Just know, your dedication does not go unrecognized.

Thank you and have a great day!!!

Happy Therap’ing,

Chelsea Newby

By |2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tips for Presentations/Overview of Cert. Trainer Program
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