Like essentially all the other states, Iowa Medicaid has petitioned the federal government for an extension to January 1, 2021 to complete their EVV implementation. These extensions are granted based on the state working in good faith to comply with the 21st century cures act. Iowa has chosen the state provided solution with provider option to choose an alternative vendor model. The state provided solution is called Carebridge. The provider page indicates that providers may use an alternative of their choice and that Carebridge will provide integration capability.
Ankota complies with the federal EVV requirements, but we are waiting for a more definitive answer from Idaho before actively working with Medicaid agencies in the state. If you know more about Idaho’s plans or if you’d like a free EVV consultation, click here.
Here’s the Iowa’s Medicaid EVV page.
The official Medicaid contact for Iowa is as follows:
Mr. Michael Randol
Iowa Department of Human Services
100 Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315
EVV is still to be implemented in most of the states with different guidelines and regulations. We’re keeping up with the updates related to EVV implementation and if there is something we haven’t included, please share with us. To learn how ankota can help in ensuring compliance, please get in touch with us.
Watch the short video below for a super quick introduction to Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). In a nutshell, EVV requires that home care caregivers login "electronically" to prove the time and location of their home care visit. For home care agencies that provide home care services reimbursed by the government (e.g., Medicaid) EVV is required by law.
The requirements for EVV are part of a law called the 21st Century Cures Act. A compliant EVV system must capture the following.
The two biggest public health insurance programs in the US are Medicare (which provides health insurance ror elderly and disabled individuals) and Medicaid (which provides health and social care services to the poor. Both of these programs are overseen by the US government's Committee for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
While Medicare is a national program that is administered at the federal level. Medicaid is administered at the state level, giving each state the ability to tailor its services to the needs of its citizens. This is why it's important to know the specific rules and implementation approach chosen by the state.
As important as EVV is, it is only one aspect of managing your home care agency. You should consider your EVV vendor to be a partner in the journey of your home care agency.
The following is a recommended list of criteria that you may consider when choosing your EVV vendor:
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