Electronic Visit Verification Legislation Signed into Law

H.R. 6042, a widely supported bill to delay the nationwide deadline for electronic visit verification (EVV) in Medicaid-reimbursed personal care services, was signed into law. The 21st Century Cures Act originally required home care providers and state agencies to begin adopting EVV systems by January 1, 2019. H.R. 6042, sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky), pushes that deadline back to January 1, 2020. The bill passed through both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate without opposition.

In addition to delaying the previously set deadline, H.R. 6042 delays potential penalties providers may have otherwise incurred for failure to fully adopt or at least make progress toward the implementation of EVV in their operations.

The two-page bipartisan bill was presented to President Trump on July 19. It was co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado), Rep. James Langevin (D-Rhode Island), and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon).

As enrolled, H.R. 6042 also encourages the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to convene at least one public meeting in 2018 to give Medicaid stakeholders the opportunity to provide any necessary feedback related to the implementation process.

Supporters of the bill say it will give officials and providers more time to prepare for a significant change in how care is authenticated.

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