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MEDICAID: Report of EVV ‘Firestorm’ Draws Home Care Industry Pushback

The rollout of electronic visit verification (EVV) for home care has created a “firestorm” of complaints in Ohio, according to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch. However, that news story painted an incomplete picture, some home care providers and EVV vendors have told Home Health Care News.

Under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, all states must implement an EVV platform for Medicaid-certified home care providers by Jan. 1, 2019, or they face reductions in federal funding. The idea is that by verifying when and where home care services are provided, EVV will cut down on fraud and abuse.

Ohio awarded a seven-year, $66.5 million contract to a New York-based vendor, Sandata Technologies, to administer the state’s EVV system—and that system, as well as the state’s rollout of it, have drawn the ire of home care consumers, according to the Feb. 19 Dispatch article.

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