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MediSked News Roundup 9/26/14: The problem with waiting lists

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Here are a few news articles trending in the world of I/DD Services and Supports.

MediSked New Feature Releases: Quarter 3

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Today and tomorrow we are hosting our quarterly user group meeting.  One of the highlights of this meeting are the new feature releases for the quarter.  Below is a short description of the new features in your Connect platform for this quarter.

Key DD Statistics You Should Know

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We recently published an e-report on key statistics in the I/DD space.  It's chock full o' data and information that is really interesting to know regarding supports and services and funding.  Below are some samples from e-report.  To read the entire report, you can download it at the end of this post. 



Increasing internal communication with an Agency Management Platform

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In poll after poll that we conduct with provider agencies across the country, the number one expected benefit from using an agency management platform never changes.  It's simple - increasing quality of care.  It's the whole reason you do what you do and measuring and delivering quality is a number one focus.  One of the areas that's not typically top of mind for providers when working on quality efforts is cross-functional communication.  But, taking a closer look it is an area that when communication is high, quality has the potential to tick up significantly.  An agency management platform becomes a tool for that cross-boundary communication.  Here are a fews ways that happens.

MediSked News Roundup 9/10/14: SCUBA dreams come true

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Here are some stories making news this week.


MediSked News Roundup 9/5/14: New Mexico's Assessment Challenge

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Here's a few of the latest news stories trending in our space.

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Minnesota's 7% Plan for Integrated Employment

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In a recent executive order, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton directed state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities.  As we are all aware by the latest CMS recommendations, integrated employment for folks with disabilities is becoming a more focused effort.  In Minnesota, integrated employment at state government agencies has seen a decline over the past several of decades, a trend that hasn't increased since 1990.  Currently, only 3.2% of Minnesota state employees are listed as disabled and the plan is to raise the employment rate for this population to 7% by 2018.  Since 2010, California, Oregon, Florida, Ohio and Delaware have signed similar orders.  This is a significant act for the I/DD community because it illustrates that in order to change the employment trends for people with disabilities, action and leadership are necessary.  The integrated employment trends will not happen by themselves.  Some keys to making an increase in integrated employment are illustrated by Minnesota's plan.

Your Checklist for HIPAA Compliant Software

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If you are getting into a software solution for your DD agency, an absolute requirement is to make sure the software you choose is HIPAA compliant.  HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.  These two rules are otherwise known as the ‘Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information’(Privacy Rule) and the ‘Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information’(Security Rule).  Because the software is going to be managing sensitive client data, you cannot risk having it in an unsafe or vulnerable system.  So what makes software HIPAA compliant?  Read on to find out and use this checklist as a guide to ensure that you have HIPAA compliant software.

MediSked News Roundup 8/27/14: Minnesota's mandatory hiring plan

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Here are some DD stories of interest trending across the country this week.

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The Power of Viral Marketing & Fundraising - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Unless you've been living in a cave lately, it's hard not to notice the amount of ice buckets of water that have been poured over the heads of people across the country to raise awareness and donations for ALS.  In fact, Facebook reported this past Friday that over 15 million people on Facebook have posted about, commented or liked a post related to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Over 1.2 million videos of people dumping water over their heads have been posted on Facebook!  In the past three weeks the ALS foundation has received donations totalling over $15 million! That's a 750% increase in donations received compared to the same 3 week period last year!  It all started with a simple concept coming out of the Boston area by a group of folks who challenged friends to either donate $100 to the foundation or dump a bucket of water on their head - or both.   And that's typically how viral social media sensations happen - it's simple and funny and there's heart behind it.

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