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Homecare Software Blog – Forthcoming Ohio Department of Medicaid EVV Mandate Still Offers Agencies Choices in Homecare Software

Alora Home Health Software offers Ohio Agencies Compliance & More Workflow Productivity

Scheduled to go into effect in Jan of 2018, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) will begin implementation of a mandated Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system. ODM has contracted with independent provider Sandata to offer EVV to agencies operating within the state; however, ODM has stated that agencies will not be bound to use Sandata. Additionally, agencies have been notified that they are permitted to use an Alternative EVV system pending the system they select meets the business requirements and alternate data collection specifications outlined by the state of Ohio’s Department of Medicaid.

This mandate will have a significant impact on agencies currently offering home health care services in the state, and many are now evaluating their options in selecting suitable EVV for Ohio. As an alternative solution to Sandata, Alora Home Health Software offers a HIPAA and ODM compliant system to meet the Ohio Medicaid EVV requirements.

With a number of Ohio agencies currently utilizing Alora’s home health software in conjunction with AideConnect (Alora’s visit management solution which features built in EVV functionality), the company has made a concerted effort at informing agencies as to their optional offering to satisfy ODM EVV requirements. Alora’s integrated, GPS-based, Electronic Visit Verification solution aligns exactly with ODM’s stated functionality capabilities as an acceptable EVV system for OH. With Alora’s CareConnect Ohio solution, home care agencies can not only achieve better compliance, they can also provide higher efficiency through automated workflow while simultaneously eliminating the most cumbersome manual data entry tasks.

Alora’s CareConnect Ohio empowers agencies with the ability to monitor visit activity in real time while granting caregivers essential access to a user-friendly mobile responsive solution. Aides and nurses can check their schedules, complete visit notes, capture patient’s signature, as well as time in/out, along with GPS coordinates. Administrators can stay on top of all visit activity in the field as it is occurring, offering homecare agencies a solution that simplifies workflow while meeting all of the requirements of Ohio Medicaid EVV within one centralized software.

This comes as welcome news to both agencies which currently utilize Alora’s home health solutions, as well as agencies who are seeking compliance with the forthcoming mandate while attempting to avoid the burden and cost of managing multiple separate software systems to conduct their routine work load. Alora has already initiated the process of becoming an approved alternative EVV Vendor for Ohio, and the company anticipates that approval becoming official well ahead of the January implementation target.

During the next few months, Alora will continue to provide additional information on implementing their ODM compliant EVV solution. For more information on Alora’s solution, visit our page for Ohio EVV or email us at Info@Alorahealth.com.  For additional information on the EVV mandate, visit http://medicaid.ohio.gov/INITIATIVES/ElectronicVisitVerification.aspx

 

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