In May 2020, New York announced it selected the Choice Model for implementing EVV. The Choice Model allows providers to use their existing EVV system or choose one that meets their needs, as long as it satisfies the requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act. Since many New York providers already have an EVV system in place based on the results of the 2019 EVV Stakeholder Report, the Choice Model ensures the flexibility to use the best option for their business.
About EVV and the Cures Act
EVV has been around for more than twenty years, and with the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act, EVV is now a requirement for Medicaid homecare providers. The Cures Act requires the following six data elements to be verified for homecare visits:
- Type of service performed
- Individual receiving the service
- Date of the service
- Location of the service delivery
- Individual providing the service
- Time the service begins and ends
Check out all of the details below to get up to speed on what’s happening in New York.
When is New York’s EVV deadline?
On December 5, 2019, New York was approved by CMS for the EVV Good Faith Effort (GFE) 1-year extension. As such, NYSDOH is requiring providers of Medicaid-funded personal care services (PCS) to select and use EVV by January 1, 2021. Providers of Medicaid-funded home health care services (HHCS) will be required to select and implement EVV by January 1, 2023.
What is the status of EVV in New York?
New York has selected a Choice Model. This means providers are free to choose any EVV system that satisfies the six data requirements of the Cures Act.
According to the NYSDOH website, New York selected the Choice Model for the following reasons: (1) it best ensures that consumers will have EVV options from which to consider when selecting a provider; (2) it gives providers of service the flexibility to select an option that best meets their business needs and the needs of the consumers they serve; and (3) it recognizes that many providers serving New York’s Medicaid consumers have already implemented EVV systems that meet the requirements of the Cures Act, preserving the investment that has already been made, avoiding duplicative costs, and eliminating disruption to consumers and caregivers.
Whom does this impact?
EVV is required for all Medicaid-funded personal care services and home health care services.
What if I’m connected with an MLTC or CHHA?
If you’re contracted with an MLTC or CHHA, you can continue to use your current EVV solution, as long as your vendor can send the required EVV data elements to the state.
What are my next steps?
Since New York has selected a Choice Model, providers are free to choose the EVV solution that best meets the needs of their agency and complies with the Cures Act requirements. If you currently use HHAeXchange for EVV, you are in compliance with New York’s mandate. If you still need to find an EVV solution before the January deadline, contact us to learn more.
HHAeXchange is the industry leader in providing EVV solutions across the country with over 214 million visits confirmed annually through our platform, and we are actively providing solutions to meet EVV requirements for New York homecare agencies.