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ANNOUNCEMENTS

** Coronavirus (COVID-19) **

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
  • TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON HCQU ACTIVITIES (effective 03/16/20): Based on current information, the KEPRO HCQU is temporarily suspending face-to-face meetings/trainings and will reschedule them at later date. We will direct training participants to our online platform and conduct Complex Technical Assistance (CTA) activities via telephone. During this period, we will explore additional online trainings that can be added to our library and shift resources to our CTA activity. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the HCQU.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources - A 'Coronavirus (COVID-19)' section was added to the Resources/Informational Materials page of this website. Pertinent and useful resources will be added to this section as they become available. A link to MyODP's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page is provided, as well.

Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) Process

  • Effective January 2020, RNs and/or LPNs are permitted to complete a Clinical Review of the HRST. The process and steps required to complete a Clinical Review within the HRST web-based application remain the same.
    1. Guidelines for agencies assigning LPNs to complete Clinical Reviews
      1. Train RNs to complete Clinical Reviews so that oversight can be given to LPNs, as needed.
      2. When possible, choose LPNs who have experience working with people with I/DD.
      3. When possible, utilize LPNs who have obtained I/DD specific credentialing, such as Developmental Disabilities Certified (DDC).
  • RESIDENTIAL PROVIDER: To request addition, update, and/or removal of HRST users for the agency, please submit a revised or additional user spreadsheet to the HCQU HRST Gatekeeper (hrstgatekeeper@kepro.com), following the steps detailed in the HRST Best Practice Guide for PA Providers. New users receive HRST user profile credentials directly from HRS, via e-mail.
    • Rater Requirements: Successful completion of the HRST Online Rater Training
    • Clinical Reviewer Requirements: (1) RN or LPN licensure, (2) successful completion of the HRST Online Rater Training, and (3) participation in 1-day HRST Clinical Reviewer Training session. Contact pasupport@hrstonline.com for a current schedule of HRST Clinical Reviewer Training sessions and registration information.
  • SCO: To request addition, update, and/or removal of HRST users for the agency, please submit a revised or additional user spreadsheet to the HCQU HRST Gatekeeper (hrstgatekeeper@kepro.com), following the steps detailed in the HRST Best Practice Guide for PA Providers. New users receive HRST user profile credentials directly from HRS. SCO users are encouraged but not required to complete the HRST Online Rater Training.

FATAL FOUR

 

 

The KEPRO Health Care Quality Unit (KEPRO HCQU) is contracted to support the efforts of the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Administrative Entities, and provider agencies within the intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) service delivery system, family caregivers, and individuals with I/DD, to continuously improve the quality of life experienced by individuals throughout southwestern PA, including Allegheny, Bedford, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

Our goal is to enhance the health and wellness of people with I/DD through the sharing of information with individuals, agency and family caregivers, and community health professionals, thereby supporting the opportunity for individuals with I/DD to live everyday lives. To achieve this goal, we offer physical and behavioral health-related information that reflects current and accepted standards of care, evidence-based practices, and effective care strategies attuned to the specific needs of people with I/DD. This information is delivered in the form of training, technical assistance, capacity building activities, and general dissemination of informational materials and resources.

 

Keystone Peer Review Organization, Inc., is the service provider on behalf of Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.