Electronic Visit Verification Delay Legislation Passes Through Both Houses of Congress

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation to delay the requirement of electronic visit verification (EVV) to document when personal care services are provided until 2020. An identical bill passed the House of Representatives, sending the legislation to President Trump to sign into law.

The 21st Century Cures Act mandated EVV to begin in January 2019 to crack down on fraudulent Medicaid billing. The new legislation allows states to obtain an additional extension until 2021 if the 2020 deadline cannot be met. Further, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to hold at least one hearing by the end of 2019 to solicit comments on the program from stakeholders.

Industry concerns around EVV include a lack of program development and implementation in many states, and the cost of implementation to providers. ElevatingHOME and VNAA continue to advocate for a delay of electronic visit verification, as well, as requesting that states have open systems that allow for all qualified vendors, not just one chosen by the state.

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