How to tell which providers still need to switch to KidKare

The deadline is approaching fast – all providers must be moved to KidKare by Oct. 1st! But how can you tell which providers have claimed on KidKare? Excellent question! Just open up Minute Menu HX and go to:

  1. Reports > Claim Management > Track Received Claim Info
  2. The Provider Filter will appear.
    1. Select the Status box and then select Active
    2. Hit Continue
  3. Select a month (select the most recent claim month) and Continue
  4. Select a sort order and Continue
  5. On the Options filter, leave both boxes unchecked for now and Continue
  6. Finally, on the Filter Claims by Type screen, select the Kids option and Continue.

This will give you a list of all providers who submitted their claim on the old KIDS program. These providers will need to be contacted about switching over to KidKare.

To see which providers are on KidKare, follow the same steps above but on #6 choose the KidKare option.

 

HX Mandatory Release 2.22.0

A new Minute Menu HX Upgrade is available!  This newest version of Minute Menu HX – 2.22.0 – contains several updates and bug fixes for Minute Menu HX.

The 2.22.0 is a mandatory release as it contains critical preparation to support the roll out of features for the new meal pattern requirements. The following list provides a description of the feature updates and bug fixes that are included in this release:

Feature Updates:
• Database: Contains the new database structure that supports the changes required by the new meal pattern. This will allow future releases that contain changes to the application code, for the implementation of the new meal pattern requirements, to become optional until sponsorships are ready to adopt the new rules.
• Messages: Update to the delete claims warning message.
• Reports: Changed the Claim and Review Comparison Report to use a 24 month lookback period. Future revisions will allow for a user-selected date range.

Bug Fixes:
• Reviews: Resolves an issue that prevents training times from saving for some reviews.

This update is mandatory and will need to be applied in order to run a transfer data.

HX 2.21.6 – 2.21.13 Optional Release Notes

The 2.21.13 release contains the following feature updates and bug fixes:

Bug Fixes:

  • Reports: Resolves an error, introduced in 2.21.12, which prevented  users viewing the following reports:
    • Provider Tax Report
    • Sponsor Review Worksheet
    • Scheduled Menu Report
  • Scheduled Transfer Data: Resolves an error, introduced in 2.21.12, which prevented transfer data from executing when it was started from the command line by an automated scheduler.
  • Provider Processes: Resolves an error preventing the successful execution of the following functions:
    • Reactivate provider
    • Place a provider on hold
    • Change a providers status from on hold to active

The 2.21.12 release contains the following feature updates and bug fixes:

Features:

  • Real time communication with cloud servers: This version of HX client allows beta customers direct access to the HX cloud environment, enabling real time interaction with providers using Kidkare.   This will provide a reduction of maintenance costs, as local databases and database servers are no longer required, simplified data protection strategies, and remote access for monitors using HX outside of sponsor facilities.This version still supports all existing methods of connection to both local and cloud databases.

The 2.21.11 release contains the following feature updates and bug fixes:

Features:

  • Track Received Claims Speed Enhancement: Modified the method used to determine if a claim originates from Kids or KidKare leading to increased speed in the track received claim screen and report.
  • Track Received Claims Report: Offers the option to include claims from Kids or Kidkare in order to define which system the claims were submitted from.
  • Updated Form H-1542: The permanent agreement between sponsoring organizations has been updated for compliance with Texas department of agriculture requirements.
  • Sponsor Review Worksheet: This report originally required the presence of a review and meal record. This has been updated to now display a reviews history when meal records are not present.

The 2.21.10 release contains the following feature updates and bug fixes:

Features:
• Export File: Updated the training list export file to split the providers first and last name placing them into two columns instead of one in the exported file.
• Label Changes: Updated a range of labels to increase consistency between Minute Menu applications.

Bugs:
• Food Frequency: Set a max length of 50 characters for the Food Frequency Rule Name.
• Training List Export File: Resolved a data related export error.
• Provider: Resolved the inability to save provider gender in prior versions of HX.


The 2.21.9 release contains the following feature updates and bug fixes:

Features:
• Claims: Added a new accounting style option for claim upload files. The new option is a variation on the existing “By Submission” option. This option will allow users to export claims with their specified submission date, the original claim and any adjustments with a submission date prior to the selected submission date.
• Claims: Added a new file for Virginia
• Claims: Added a new file for Georgia
• Report: Updated the Permanent Agreement Between Sponsoring Organization and Day Care Home Provider(s) (Form 1542) for Texas
• Claims: Added additional information to direct users to reset the claim processing flag, which was introduced in 2.21.7

Bugs:
• Report: Calendar notes that are missing from OER report has been resolved
• Claims: Increased the loading speed of the track receive claims screen
• Provider: Updated the provider creation wizard to allow for providers that contain apostrophes
• Provider: Resolved the inability to save provider email in prior versions of HX


We have renumbered the newest version of Minute Menu HX to 2.21.8.  The original update file for 2.21.7 contained an error in the OER reports that we caught and fixed early yesterday.  If you updated prior to noon Central Time on 10/27, you will need to run this update by going to Administration >> Upgrade Software in Minute Menu HX.  The 2.21.8 release contains the same features as the 2.21.7 release.

This release includes feature enhancements and bug fixes. We encourage you to update to this new version as soon as possible, particularly if your agency uses KidKare.

Feature Updates:
• Changing a provider’s password or reactivating a provider will now automatically update KidKare.
• Changing an HX user’s data now updates KidKare.
• Track Received Claims Screen now shows which claims were received via KidKare.
• The Food Frequency tool can now detect a single serving of a food. This change was made to facilitate training on the new meal pattern. Please see the handout at the bottom of these notes for details on this feature.
• Allows processing of claims, for different providers, from 2 workstations at once without the risk of duplicating claims.
• Increased the capacity of the Notes for Next Review Field.
• Now prohibits scanning over a web claim that has been submitted to the state or paid.
• Added all infant menus to the Review Details Report when individual menus are recorded.
• Updated or implemented the following state upload files: o Pennsylvania (claim) o Nebraska (provider) o Texas (provider)

Bug Fixes:
• Fixed a bug on the Child Attendance Reconciliation Report where the report would break if child times were after midnight.
• Fixed a bug when enrolling a provider that could cause a “provider already exists” error message but the provider was not showing up in HX.
• Fixed an OER bug where a long list of days and meals for an error was cutting off rather than wrapping to the next line.
• Fixed a bug from 2.21.5 that prevented changes to menu and attendance information in HX on reviews recorded using hx2go.
• Fixed a bug on the Child Attendance Reconciliation Report where the names of Pending status children with no child number who were enrolled via KidKare were missing from the report.
• Made changes to Transfer Data to eliminate some transfer errors.
• Fixed a bug on the Food Combination feature that would fail to save a combination rule if the name of the rule was more than 50 characters.

We recently delivered a class at the Child Care Food Program Roundtable conference in Palm Springs, CA, on using Minute Menu HX to prepare your providers for the meal pattern changes. The following notes are the step-by-step instructions from that training. Keep an eye out on http://www.training.minutemenu.com for this training as a free webinar in the near future.


This newest version of Minute Menu HX – 2.21.7

This release includes feature enhancements and bug fixes. We encourage you to update to this new version as soon as possible, particularly if your agency uses KidKare.

Feature Updates:
• Changing a provider’s password or reactivating a provider will now automatically update KidKare.
• Changing an HX user’s data now updates KidKare.
• Track Received Claims Screen now shows which claims were received via KidKare.
• The Food Frequency tool can now detect a single serving of a food. This change was made to facilitate training on the new meal pattern. Please see the handout at the bottom of these notes for details on this feature.
• Allows processing of claims, for different providers, from 2 workstations at once without the risk of duplicating claims.
• Increased the capacity of the Notes for Next Review Field.
• Now prohibits scanning over a web claim that has been submitted to the state or paid.
• Added all infant menus to the Review Details Report when individual menus are recorded.
• Updated or implemented the following state upload files: o Pennsylvania (claim) o Nebraska (provider) o Texas (provider)

Bug Fixes:
• Fixed a bug on the Child Attendance Reconciliation Report where the report would break if child times were after midnight.
• Fixed a bug when enrolling a provider that could cause a “provider already exists” error message but the provider was not showing up in HX.
• Fixed an OER bug where a long list of days and meals for an error was cutting off rather than wrapping to the next line.
• Fixed a bug from 2.21.5 that prevented changes to menu and attendance information in HX on reviews recorded using hx2go.
• Fixed a bug on the Child Attendance Reconciliation Report where the names of Pending status children with no child number who were enrolled via KidKare were missing from the report.
• Made changes to Transfer Data to eliminate some transfer errors.
• Fixed a bug on the Food Combination feature that would fail to save a combination rule if the name of the rule was more than 50 characters.

We recently delivered a class at the Child Care Food Program Roundtable conference in Palm Springs, CA, on using Minute Menu HX to prepare your providers for the meal pattern changes. The following notes are the step-by-step instructions from that training. Keep an eye out on http://www.training.minutemenu.com for this training as a free webinar in the near future.

You do not have to apply this update – it is optional.  However, it is strongly recommended, particularly if you are currently using KidKare or planning to start using KidKare soon.


This newest version of Minute Menu HX – 2.21.6 – includes the following 2 bug fixes:

  • Fixed a bug where users would receive an error message that the server could not be reached when trying to add or update an HX user.
  • Fixed a bug where manually entered reviews were not saving the meal type reviewed if additional meal information was not entered and only a meal type reviewed was selected.  This bug was introduced with version 2.21.5. If you upgraded to 2.21.5, we will be fixing any incorrect review data by the end of the week, which will update your local database with your next subsequent Full Transfer Data.

You do not have to apply this update – it is optional.  However, it is strongly recommended, particularly if you are currently using KidKare or planning to start using KidKare soon.

Preparing Providers: Fruit AND Vegetable Requirement

The new Fruit/Vegetable requirement splits the previous ONE component (Fruits/Vegetables) into TWO separate components. (Fruits. And Vegetables.)

But what does this mean for our providers and how can we train them the most effectively?

Let’s break it down.

What is changing for…

  • Breakfast? Nothing changes. Provider’s can still serve a fruit or a vegetable for breakfast.
  • Snack? Providers can serve a fruit with a vegetable for a reimbursable snack. This adds flexibility for the providers!
  • Lunch/Dinner? Providers must serve at least one vegetable. Two vegetables can be served. But two fruits cannot be served. At least one vegetable must be served at lunch and dinner starting on Oct. 1 2017 otherwise the meal will not be reimbursable.

Since the change has the deepest impact on lunches and dinners and could result in a disallowance if providers do not comply after Oct. 1st 2017, focus your training on serving at least one vegetable at lunch and dinner. Phrasing it like this is much easier to remember and implement. Which one of these phrases do you think is easier to understand?

  1. The vegetable/fruit component is now split into two separate components.
  2. Start serving a vegetable with lunch and dinner!

(I vote #2!) Start training providers to “serve a vegetable with lunch and dinner” now! Talk about it at home visits, post it on your company social media pages, send a broadcast message from HX to all providers, add it to your email signature for a few weeks, mention it when providers call, and get the message out to providers any way you can!

I would even encourage you to create master menus for lunch/dinner and make sure that they all include a vegetable. Watch the Master Menu training video for more information!

You can also use the food combination rules feature to help train providers on this new requirement. Set up a Food Combination rule that generates an error message when two fruits are served at lunch and dinner. (If two fruits are served, that means a vegetable was not served.) This rule should be set to provide a “warning” message (not a disallowance) since meals that meet the current meal pattern are still allowable (even in states in early implementation) until Oct. 1 2017. The error that is generated can be internal only or you can choose to make it visible to providers. To setup a Food Combination rule go to Administration > Food Combinations.

For more information on how to setup a food combination rule, please watch our Meal Pattern Changes training video.

Please also see the Preparing Providers: Foods not allowed or limited under the new meal pattern blog article.

Preparing Providers: Foods not allowed or limited under the new meal pattern

Start training and preparing providers for the new meal pattern now! Whether you’re in an early implementation state or not, there is a lot of training that needs to happen to get your providers up to speed.

The USDA memos are clear that providers should NOT be disallowed for meals that meet the current/soon-to-be-old meal pattern. (Just read the Technical Assistance section of the Early Implementation memo.) So instead of just taking away foods that are not allowed under the new meal pattern (but are reimbursable until then) you can generate error messages for the providers to see, which will help you train them over the next several months and allow them to continue claiming reimbursable meals. Setting this up will only take a few minutes of your time and it will help prepare your providers for some of the changes.

For example, even though grain-based desserts will not be allowed soon (Oct. 1 2017) they are STILL ALLOWED between now and then. So rather than just removing all grain-based desserts from your food list, you can generate error messages that notify providers that they are not allowed under the new meal pattern. This allows them to continue claiming reimbursable meals but also receive technical assistance and training on the new meal pattern.

Use the Food Frequency Rules feature to setup “rules” for any foods that are not allowed or limited under the new meal pattern.

Create rules for:

  • Limiting juice to once per day
  • Limiting juice to zero times per day, week, or month for infants
  • Limiting grain-based desserts to zero times per day, week, or month
  • Limiting protein at breakfast to 3 times per week*

In Minute Menu HX go to Administration > Food Frequency Rules. Any rules created for the new meal pattern change should be set to “warn” only (not disallow) with the exception of the protein at breakfast rule. Watch the Food Frequency Rules training video for more detailed instructions on how to use this feature.

Please watch our Meal Pattern Changes training video for even more information about how to prepare your providers using the tools and features already available in Minute Menu HX.

Please also see the Preparing Providers: Fruit AND Vegetable Requirement blog article!

*Only if you are in an early implementation state that is already allowing a protein at breakfast. Contact the Minute Menu Support Team to have protein items added to the grain section of your food list, for breakfast ONLY, as a temporary work around to allow providers to start claiming those foods. Then, once the protein items have been added, create a Food Frequency Rule limiting those protein items at breakfast to 3 times per week. Since protein at breakfast is NOT part of the current meal pattern, anything over 3 should be disallowed. For this reason, set this rule to disallow (not warn).

Summer Safety

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Summertime means fun and adventure! Before you dive into your summer vacation, take a minute to consider the safety risks associated with exciting summer activities. As partners in creating healthy and happy environments for children, Minute Menu offers the following reminders for summer safety.

Stay Safe in the Water

As temperatures rise children and adults spend more time in water. When heading to the pool, lake, beach or other water destination, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Have a plan for supervising children swimming or playing in the water. Make sure enough adults are available to supervise the number of children present. Consider using a visual reminder such as lanyards or small flags for adults and children to know who is in charge at any given time.
  • Swim with a buddy. Drowning can oftenlook like swimming or playing in the water, and the person drowning might not make any noise. Each swimmer should have a buddy who is in the water and can watch for signs of distress. Read more here.
  • Never swim in unfamiliar water. Talk with children about the dangers of playing in or near irrigation ditches, overflow drains, or unfamiliar bodies of water, including flood waters. Bodies of water can have varied depths and currents, both of which can be dangerous or deadly.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen. Apply sunscreen and then wait about 30 minutes before going into the water. This gives the skin time to absorb the sunscreen. Remember to reapply after swimming. Read more tips on choosing, applying, and using sunscreen properly here.

Stay Hydrated

Staying safe in the heat means staying hydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body’s fluid levels are too low. This can happen quickly, especially when exercising or playing outdoors in higher temperatures. To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids, and choose water over sodas, sports drinks, or other sugary beverages. Water helps you stay hydrated without the added sugar and sodium in other beverages. Learn more about the benefits of drinking water here. Visit this page to learn more about dehydration in children.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a very serious and life threatening condition, and knowing the signs can save a life. Someone suffering heat stroke might appear flushed, out of breath, confused or irritated, begin vomiting or get a sudden headache, and might not be sweating even though they are in the heat. If you suspect a child or adult is suffering heat stroke, contact 911 immediately, get them into a shaded area, and begin cooling them down using fans, ice packs, or cool water. Learn more about heat stroke here.

Protect Skin to Reduce Bug Bites

Summer is a great time for exploring nature. Exploring new areas means encountering new insects and critters, many of which are harmless. Using insect repellent, tucking pants legs into socks, and wearing closed shoes are effective and easy ways to reduce bug bites. Try not to scratch bug bites if you get them, and use topical creams or gels to relieve irritation. If you discover a tick on a child or adult, remember the tick has most likely burrowed into the skin and you will need medical assistance to remove it. Learn more about preventing and treating insect bites here.

All of us at Minute Menu hope you enjoy a fun and safe summer!

Have a summer activity you really enjoy? Share it with us in the comments section below.
References:

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning by Mario Vittone; Herald Tribune Online; 2013.

Sunscreen: How to Select, Apply, and Use It Correctly; Centers for Disease Control report; 2002.

Drink Water Instead of Soda or Juice; http://www.chalkcenter.org .

Dehydration; KidsHealth.org .

Heatstroke; MayoClinic.org

Avoid Bug Bites; Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Additional Resources:
Flood Safety; National Weather Service

Water Safety; TeensHealth; KidsHealth.org

Heat Stroke: Symptoms and Treatment; WebMD.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HX 2.21.1 Optional Release Notes

This release includes 2 bug fixes for bugs introduced with the 2.21.0 release.

  • Fixed a bug for users who history child data (Sponsor Preference U.001 set to “Y”). Changes made to a child’s data for months prior to the HX current claim month were not saving.
  • Fixed an issue with one customer’s custom check file.

Customers who use the Historic Data function should install this update immediately and have been notified via email of the release.

HX 2.21.0 Mandatory Release Notes

This release includes several bug fixes and a few changes to the software.  It also contains changes to the software to prepare for the launch of online re-enrollment for your providers & parents.  Read more of this post

Make a Better Plan for Your Home Visits by Using hx2go

The hx2go app allows you to get the information you need to make each home visit as cost-effective and efficient as possible. Hx2go can help you:

  1. Plan to review meals that are roughly proportional with meals that are claimed.
  2. Plan to review meals claimed on weekends.

The app will display all un-visited meals that a provider has claimed within the last four months in the Meals Needed column. Once a meal has been visited the abbreviation of that meal will be removed from the list. For example, a provider that claims breakfast, AM Snack, and lunch will show the abbreviations BAL. Once the provider has had a lunch visit, the list will display only BA. Once AM snack is visited, it will simply display only a B. This information helps monitors to diversify their visits, so that the same provider is not visited at the same meal repeatedly. Read more of this post