The story dates back to December 2016, when the 114th US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act. According to the Section 12006 of the Act, it is mandatory for states to implement Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Personal Care Services and Home Health Care Services by January 1, 2019, and January 1, 2023, respectively. This is going to prove revolutionary because it will change the way home health agencies provide services. The act aims to curb fraud and improve care quality with the implementation of EVV systems. As of now, Texas and Illinois mandated the use of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). Home care providers across the country are investing time and money into Electronic Visit Verification systems, to meet a federal mandate that takes effect on January 1, 2019.
What is Electronic Visit Verification?
In simple words, EVV is a technological solution that automates the information collection of the service by capturing time, attendance, and care plan details that are punched in by a home care worker at the point of care. EVV helps to access information on care delivery in real time to ensure there are no gaps in care throughout the entire course of the service schedule. It helps in verifying – the type of service performed, individual receiving the service, individual providing the service, date the service was provided, the location of service delivery and time the service begins and ends.
What Makes EVV So Much Effective?
While using technological solutions, service delivery information can be collected and accessed in many ways. For health care agencies, the ease of use, efficiency, and flexibility of a solution helps them to perform business operations with utmost accuracy. The tech integrated within the systems and mobile devices allows them to work with or without cellular or wireless connectivity, enables patients to confirm delivery with their signatures, helps to recognize unauthorized services, provides highly controlled access to client data, read-only features prevent times or costs from being manipulated and creates flags for service deliveries that don’t meet specified criteria.
Home care software has made number of processes convenient for care agencies, such as caregiver scheduling, matching caregiver as per the client needs, automated billing, invoicing and more. You can see all this in action for your home care business by requesting a demo.