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Last week in Albuquerque, a classroom full of students sat learning proper methods in caring for elderly patients. This has become common in states across the U.S, as a surge in immigrant workers entering the home health and homecare workforce, has greatly diversified a workforce of approximately 3 million people who help older ailing adults remain in their homes without hospitalization. These older patients rely on homecare agency workers to assist them with basics such as bathing, getting dressed, and taking their medications on time.

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Indiana Electronic Visit Verification Information

With the introduction and subsequent passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, state Medicaid programs will require providers of personal care, home care, and home health services to use an electronic visit verification (EVV) system for accurate documentation of all services performed. The federally required law directs that providers within the state of Indiana will need to utilize an approved Indiana electronic visit verification system to document the below information:

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FLORIDA EVV INFORMATION

 

EVV is a requirement in the state of Florida. In this edition of the Alora Home Health blog, we’ll take a look at EVV in Florida, exploring the start date, FAQs, general information, as well as resources for you to learn more about Florida’s 2020 EVV implementation schedule.

Florida Electronic Visit Verification

The nationwide march towards EVV began with the creation of the 21st Century Cures Act. The 21st Century Cures Act mandates the following:

"States must require Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) use for all Medicaid-funded PCS by January 1, 2020 and HHCS by January 1, 2023. Otherwise, the state is subject to incremental FMAP reductions up to 1% unless the state has both made a “good faith effort” to comply and has encountered what state defines as circumstances causing agencies “unavoidable delays.”

To view the Colorado EVV Software solution by Alora, click here   Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Colorado Medicaid   The 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed into law in December of 2016, requires Medicaid programs to implement an Electronic Visit Verification system for Personal Care and Home...

Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid Only Providers Released by HHS

 

Medicaid Relief Fund Payments

June 10,2020 - In the latest home health news, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), via the Health Resources and Services Administration (HHA), has announced $15 billion dollars in additional distributions from the CARES Act "Provider Relief Fund," which is available to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligible providers participating in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. The welcome news comes at a time where many agencies are still navigating the challenges of providing care in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

New Study Shows Duration of Average Home Health Care Visits Indicates Direct Correlation to Future Hospital Admissions in Patients

 

Home Health NewsIn the past few years, the conclusion of most experts seems unanimous that patients receiving home health care exhibit a lower tendency to go to emergency rooms and require hospitalization. This also reduces costs for the government, states, private insurers, and the patients themselves due to soaring hospitalization costs. New data digs a little further on the topic, citing that the length of the actual home health visits on a case by case basis, can actually influence the chances of hospitalization and re-hospitalization. A study revealed that home health and homecare visits with lengths of time spanning from one minute above recorded averages and up, may in fact be tied to lower hospital readmission rates on a national basis. The study’s findings are significant in that they suggest that the quality, length and quantity of what services are provided to patients during home health visits have a large impact on patient outcomes and economic bottom lines. In other words, one minute here and there dedicated to extra care, diagnosis, and services, can prevent hours and days of re-hospitalization and the costs that accompany it.

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Study Indicates African American Patients Receiving Home Health Care Yield Higher Re-hospitalization Statistics

 

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More than 12 million people annually receive home health care services in the United States. A large percentage of these patients are considered elderly (above the age of 60). Home health care agencies afford families and individuals the convenience of treatment and monitoring within their homes for a variety of different ailments and conditions. Often times these homecare services occur on the heels of major surgeries or short and long term hospitalizations. A group of researchers at the University of Missouri recently conducted a study that suggests that within the larger group of elderly patients receiving home care following hospitalization, the sub-group of racial and ethnic minorities (in particular African Americans) may be at greater risk of returning to the hospital or emergency room (ER), compared those with the ethnicity of non-Hispanic whites.