Home Health Final Rule 2021

Georgia Electronic Visit Verification

EVV has been mandated for the state of Georgia. When is its official start date? What types of services are covered under the requirements? What model of state EVV does Georgia fall under? What kind of data must be transmitted for each visit? Is the state providing a free EVV system? Can I use my current EVV software and still be compliant? In this blog you will find information and answers to each of those questions and more…

 

Electronic Visit Verification for Georgia 

 

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Georgia Electronic Visit Verification Information

Nationwide EVV mandates were born out of a push for compliance with the requirements set forth in the 21st Century Cures Act. The Federal 21st Century Cures Act (2016) requires that U.S states inclusive of Georgia must implement an electronic visit verification (EVV) system for agencies delivering certain types of care. Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) software by definition is a system designed to electronically capture and verify provider visit information.

What is EVV?

EVV, or Electronic Visit Verification, is a web-based system that verifies when provider visits occur and electronically document the precise time services begin and end. EVV ensures that people receive the exact care services they have been approved to receive.  This technology is now required by law for all Medicaid personal care services in the state of Missouri. Electronic visit verification allows providers to confirm that services were actually delivered using a variety of electronic methods. EVV compliance can be achieved in a number of ways, including the use of mobile applications with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), telephony from land-line phone systems, approved fixed devices, or even biometric recognition solutions (including smartphone applications, or in-home EVV devices). 

When does the EVV requirement begin in Georgia?

The official Go-live date for Georgia Medicaid EVV is July 1, 2021

 

In December 2016, Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act. Section 12006 of the Act requires States to implement Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Medicaid-covered Personal Care Services (PCS) and Home Health Care Services (HHCS) by January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2023.

The Cures Act included a provision that opened the possibility for states to delay implementation of EVV for up to one year if they were able to demonstrate the state had made a good faith effort to comply with Electronic Visit Verification requirements but had encountered unavoidable delays. Georgia DCH having encountered such difficulties, submitted a Good Faith Exemption Request Form on behalf of the State of Georgia earlier in the year, and CMS granted approval. The GFE approval extended the final deadline for implementing Georgia Medicaid EVV for Personal Care Services to January 1, 2021, and Home Health Services by January 1, 2023. While Georgia missed this January 1, 2021 implementation deadline and may in fact incur incremental Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) penalties, Georgia DCH is committed to working with members, providers, and vendors to meet training needs and implement a quality solution as quickly as possible.

What Does EVV in Georgia Require?

EVV is defined as a technology that automates the gathering and transmission of data associated with visits by capturing time, attendance, and care plan information entered by a home health care worker (nurse, aide, caregiver, etc) at the time and location of care. Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) gives providers, case managers, and DCH access to service delivery information in real-time to ensure there are no gaps in care throughout the duration of the service plan.

What services are included in the Georgia Medicaid EVV Requirements?

  • Personal Care Services
  • Home Health Care Services

What data or information is required in Georgia Medicaid EVV transmission?

With respect to personal care services or home health care services, and in accordance with the parameters set forth by the 21st Century Cures Act, a compliant Georgia Medicaid EVV system must verify electronically

  • The type of services performed
  • The identity of the individual receiving the service
  • The identity of the individual providing the service
  • The specific date the services were provided
  • The physical address (location) where the services were provided
  • The time the services began and ended

Is Georgia providing an EVV system?

Tellus has been selected as the DCH EVV service provider for the state of Georgia, however, providers are free to use an EVV service provider of their choosing so long as it meets the collection requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act, and meets integration requirements for data transmission with Tellus.

Can I use an alternate EVV system outside of the state provided system?

YES

Georgia Compatible EVV System

ALORA Home Health Software offers a complete agency solution with built-in Georgia Medicaid compatible EVV. Go above and beyond with greater operational efficiency, more features and capabilities, seamless compatibility, and peace of mind…

 

ALORA’s Georgia Home Health Software System with Built-in EVV Features

  • Live-Monitor visit activities and avoid the possibility of lost revenue due to no-shows
  • Enjoy faster billing – completed visits are automatically readied for billing and payroll through Alora’s EVV automation
  • Ensures patients are administered the planned medically necessary services
  • Go paperless with Alora’s Plan of Care based visit notes
  • Eliminate the inefficiency associated with manual data entry
  • Centralize workflow into one complete solution for Home Health Care & EVV
  • Improve the efficiency of home health aides & caregivers during and post visit
  • Reduce the chances of errors in documentation

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LEARN MORE ABOUT HOME HEALTH SOFTWARE WITH BUILT-IN GEORGIA MEDICAID COMPATIBLE EVV

 

NJ Medicaid EVVGeorgia home health care and personal care agencies are free to choose any compliant EVV system for Georgia, Alora Home Health Software for Georgia offers an award-winning solution, consistently rated as the easiest to use by caregivers and managers alike. Alora is a compatible EVV system for Georgia Medicaid EVV protocols. Caregivers can complete visits on their smartphones or tablets…while administrators can enjoy the power of managing the entire agency from the convenience of their mobile devices or desktop computers. Alora was engineered with the expertise of real home health professionals and software technology experts, resulting in an extraordinarily easy to use software system. With free training and an easy to use interface, agency adoption is seamless and quick.

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Features & Benefits

  • Live-Monitor visit activities and avoid the possibility of lost revenue due to no-shows
  • Enjoy faster billing – completed visits are automatically readied for billing and payroll through Alora’s EVV automation
  • Ensures patients are administered the planned medically necessary services
  • Go paperless with Alora’s Plan of Care based visit notes
  • Eliminate the inefficiency associated with manual data entry
  • Centralize workflow into one complete solution for GA Home Health Care & EVV
  • Improve the efficiency of home health aides & caregivers during and post-visit
  • Reduce the chances of errors in documentation

 

Schedule a Demo

Visit the following link to learn more about Alora’s complete software for GA home health agencies.

Alora Home Care Software features an integrated EVV solution that offers compatibility with the Georgia DCH requirements. Alora’s EVV protocols offer an enhanced Georgia Medicaid EVV solution that is fully integrated into a powerful Home Health Software for agencies operating in the peach state.

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