The last year has been a year of changes as Iowa has moved to Managed Care. As we navigate through these changes, we are continually looking for (and finding!) ways to improve upon our service delivery as well as employment engagement which we feel is progress.
One of the changes being constructed through HOPE is that of a mobile application to complete employee’s time card. HOPE has implemented a new payroll application, Paylocity, that allows clocking in and out from an employee’s phone. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been pushing the use of “Electronic Visit Verification”. And though Iowa has not yet implemented, we feel that by being proactive, we can help shape the implementation of this which is slated for the fall of 2017.
Another change HOPE is driving to further develop is the opportunity to complete documentation throughout service delivery. By fusing the capabilities of Paylocity with Salesforce, this ideal application will minimize indirect time, allowing for tracking outcomes, monitoring goal progress and providing real time updates. There have been a few legislative updates that were signed in May by Governor Branstad that would further simplify documentation, but the actual implementation date and scope of those changes remain unknown. Due to this most recent development, our implementation has been delayed until August when the details of this legislation are revealed. Stay tuned as this exciting news develops!
“You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust the sails to reach your destination…”
It is that time to start thinking about severe weather, what it looks like and what to do if there are severe weather warnings. A few suggestions are as follows:
What to do in the case of a tornado in various locations:
A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)
A manufactured home or office
The outside with no shelter
If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:
Feel free to check out this website for more information about severe weather: https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes