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My First Therap Conference

Well, I am just full of it – full of new Therap information and excitement that is!  My first Therap conference was very enlightening.  Now I need to do some more exploring in the modulars we are using.  Then I need to figure out how best to share all the material here at MDC.  I am hoping to be part of the impetus to get us using the MAR, more health documentations, and more Training Management.  There are so many more things we could be doing in Therap that we are struggling with how to manage.

While our current MAR system is doing fine, it would be so much better if it were computerized.  We do have limited computers and access, so that will have to be part of the discussion.  But I do not think the lack of machines prevents us moving forward.  Guess I better be chatting with our nurses!!

The training components are wonderful.  Kitti did an excellent job convincing us of how to be remarkable training managers!  We are using parts of the tools Therap provides, but not enough to be effective.  We have replaced a few pieces of paper for tracking who-completed-what.  It is functional
for that one small piece.  However, there is so much more that could be done.  The initial time to set up is the only “draw-back” and even that is reasonable.   We are changing how we describe the training person so now is the best time to organize this change. A new person will give us fresh thinking to move us into new systems.

Lastly, I would like to say how nice it was to be with co-workers and see how cohesive we are with the idea of taking on the opportunities Therap allows.  Thanks!

Until next time, smile at the stars…..

By |2016-11-03T10:15:40+00:00June 17th, 2012|Categories: Deb Gabse's Posts|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

MAR

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have been working with our provider agency nurse to get medications entered, so that ALL MARs will be entered in Therap (for that agency) by March 1st.  Yes, I truly wish it was less tedious, but just to see how well staff are responding and recording makes it all worth it  ;-/.  As I work through the 1000+ drugs we are entering (currently at 822), I keep looking for shortcuts and ways to speed it along.  I am liking the copy form feature!  However, it is critical to assure you check each field to assure it is updated if needed.  One suggestion we would like to share – although many have probably discovered it already – is that it helps to leave a blank line between dosage times for meds given more than once a day.  When they are one after the other on the MAR, it is easy for staff to accidentally complete two blanks instead of just the one.  Just thought I’d share!

Update on our agency fundraising house raffle:  We had our first early bird drawing yesterday, giving away $2500 to a local woman who had purchased two tickets.  We called her via speakerphone to give her the good news.  Man, was she excited!  Not only did she win the first early bird drawing, but she is still in the running to win the remaining early bird drawings, the multi-ticket drawing, and the grand prize!  I hope that different people win each prize, but wouldn’t it be amazing to win more than once?!?!  If you are that person, of course…  It is not too late to get your tickets, to help support a great cause.  Purchase by 2/28, and you will be entered into two more early bird drawings, with the multiple ticket and grand prize drawing on 5/31.  www.envisionhomeraffle.org.

‘Til next month – or until I get a wild hair to share –

Linda

By |2016-11-03T10:15:45+00:00February 14th, 2012|Categories: Linda Medina's Posts|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on MAR

Pivot Tables are awesome!

Day 1 of the conference has ended and I have learned much about electronic billing, electronic MARS and Pivot tables! My agency is planning to start the billing module in the next several months and we will partner with our county board to create efficiencies with the attendance/billing process. It currently takes me 10-12 hours to complete billing for our 120 persons supported in Day Services.

We hope to pilot MARs in a few residential sites later this month or in March and then quickly move to all residential sites and facility based programs. Today, I learned the essentials to get us up and running with MARs.

Finally, I was very impressed with the User Presentation from REACH in Alaska. I learned how to do Pivot tables in minutes. Before this session was over, I created several pivot tables from data in Therap.
It was an awesome first day! I can’t wait until tomorrow!

Michelle Emoticon showing smiley face

By |2016-11-03T10:15:49+00:00February 8th, 2012|Categories: Michelle Saunders's Posts|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

MAR, Going Live!!!

Wow, what a few weeks. Rainbow of Challenges Residential Program is going live with the MAR module. It has been a task, so thank you to all the wonderful folks at ROC that have helped me get ready. I have to say that the finished product is well worth the effort. The forms are already making documenting easier, and , okay, I will say what I really like, Therap forms are prettier. Emoticon showing smiley face

ROC is making lots of changes and using Therap for more and more tasks and we are getting to the ultimate goal (mine anyway), no paper on my desk. It is exciting to see everyone at ROC getting excited about the new things we are doing. Instead of paperless being an idea to “think about”, we are moving quickly to accomplish it and so many of our wonderful staff are on board. It is a wonderful feeling!!!

By |2016-11-03T10:15:54+00:00May 4th, 2011|Categories: Misty Maroon's Posts|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Excited about Therap

I am so excited to be a new blogger on Therap-THANKS JUSTIN AND KARA!!!!  I have been working with Therap for several years now with the new OCCAZIO (formerly Cardinal Service Management).  This week we have what we call Team Meetings and we have been doing more training and prepping with staff for the future of MARS and getting feedback from staff on suggestion they have to make things easier for them.   We get a great response from staff which is so nice to hear.  As a nurse the continued growth in Therap always excites me.  Each new release from Therap is always a much awaited event on my part so that I can play and educate myself on the changes and updates.

I like being able to pull data together at anytime of the day.  When I have a patient or I am on call for a patient that has new developments, Therap makes my job so much easier by having the ability to see some recent data that helps me better able to guide staff to assist that person.   As I said earlier the MARS are a very exciting module that I so look forward to watching its growth as for me-it will continue to improve my ability to better serve the wonderful folks I do!

Thanks again to Justin and Kara, but Justin we must talk about my password!:)  I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THERAP!

Michelle