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EVV Best Practices for Home Care Agencies

EVV, which stands for Electronic Visit Verification, is an important topic for all home care agencies in 2019 and 2020. Legislation in the 21st Century Cures Act mandated that all home care agencies receiving reimbursement need to prove "electronically" that their visits were completed in accordance with what was claimed. 

Due to the importance of this topic, we're introducing a new series in the Ankota Next Generation Home Care Blog:

EVV Best Practices for Home Care Agencies

There are a number of ways to achieve EVV compliance. The most common are as follows:
  • Voice Telephony: Caregivers dial-in via the client's home phone. "Caller-ID" is used to verify that the caregiver was at the client's home.
  • Mobile App: Caregivers clock in via a mobile application that compares the GPS coordinates from the caregivers phone with the latitude and longitude of the client's home.
  • FOB: When the client doesn't have a home phone and the caregiver doesn't have a smart phone, a third alternative is a FOB device that is secured in the client's home.  FOBs come in different shapes and sizes but they are able to generate a unique code once each minute. The caregiver gets a unique code from the FOB device at the time of their arrival and departure and the home care software verifies the times accordingly.  Here's a picture of a FOB:

    FOB for home care EVV

Preview of EVV Best Practices

In this series we will share articles about scheduling visits, rounding, care plan tracking, caregiver compliance, visit verification, billing and payroll as they relate to EVV.  If you'd like to suggest a topic for us to cover in the future, just click the button below!
Suggest a Topic for the  EVV Best Practice Series

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