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5 Things to Expect When Implementing DD Provider Software

 
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If you have never been a part of a software implementation and you are currently look to purchase an agency management platform, it’s natural to be wondering ‘How are we getting this system actually up and running at our agency?’  That’s where implementation and training services come in and there are some key areas to expect when your agency is about to start an implementation with a vendor.  Disclaimer: Implementing software at your agency is a big task.  Having a cohesive team and keeping your eye at the end goal will get you through the process and the benefits of a successful implementation will be overwhelming. 

Thoughts on Person Centered Planning

 
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Earlier this year, CMS issued a new rule on home and community based services that requires agencies to administer person-centered care for its clients.   CMS and many DD advocates believe that a person receiving HCBS should be able to direct their care planning process, including defining their own goals and preferences on how to achieve them.  This planning process is also intended to include members of the client’s circle of care, whom the client chooses.  Guidance on how states operationalize this is yet to be released to states, but the intention is clear – provide more freedoms and rights to individuals being served in home and community based settings.  While you can’t argue that point, there are some questions and concerns about how far person centered planning goes; especially if decisions or goals go against the agency’s duty to protect the health and safety of the individuals they serve.

MediSked News Roundup 7/9/14: CMS & fraud protection on EHRs

 
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Here are some of the more popular stories trending in home and community based services from across the country.

MediSked News Roundup 7/2/14: MyCare Ohio

 
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Here are some of the more popular stories trending in home and community based services from across the country.  Enjoy and happy 4th! 

New MediSked Connect Feature Updates for Q2, 2014

 
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As the MediSked Connect Quarterly User Group sessions kick off this week, we wanted to highlight a few of the many feature updates for this quarter.  If you're a Connect user, be sure to attend a session to see live demos of these updates!

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MediSked News Roundup 6/23/14: Autism & lifetime cost of care

 
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Here's the latest DD news from around the country. 

4 ways you can improve provider agency management to increase employee loyalty

 
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It's no secret that one of the hardest things to do in this industry is to attract and retain good employees.  Your reputation rests in the hands of the direct support professionals that you hire to carry out the mission of your agency.  The jobs at your agency can be less glamourous at times, but they can also be much more rewarding and inspiring than a lot of other businesses and industries and therefore, should have a culture that celebrates the inspirations of your work.  You are also operating in a highly competitive space, with other agencies in your area looking to hire the same qualified individuals as you.  So how do you become the agency that everyone wants to work for?  It starts and ends with your provider agency management team and the policies and ideals you have in place.  Today's post will focus on 4 of those tactics you can use to increase employee loyalty and be the agency of choice when it comes to staffing in your area.

MediSked News Roundup 6/16/14: Tennessee's new DD Plan

 
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Here's a look at what's happening with DD services across the country.  Big changes coming through, please be sure to read the articles below. 

5 Tips to writing an RFP on electronic records for DD agencies

 
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Writing an RFP for an electronic records solution at your agency can be an imposing task.  They are difficult to create and grade and will take up a considerable amount of your time.  Being that it is such a time consumer, it's important that if you are going to create a formal RFP that you do it right and ultimately select the best vendor for your agency.  Because the last thing you want to do is have another RFP go out two years from now for the same function.  With that being said here are some tips to help you write the the most successful RFP for electronic records for DD agencies. 

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