The 21st Century Cures Act is designed to improve the quality of care provided to individuals through further research, enhance quality control and strengthen mental health parity.1
But with its enaction, some home healthcare providers are struggling to implement mandated Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) standards, with new deadlines fast approaching or already passed. Identifying the right secure mobile solution partner is vital to healthcare providers seeking to comply and meet the evolving needs of the modern patient.
EVV is a mandated system of technology that helps validate a home health visit by verifying:
Section 12006 of the Cures Act required states to implement an EVV system for Personal Care Services (PCS) by January 1, 2021 and for Home Health Care Services (HHCS) by January 1, 2023.2 Many companies already have a solution in place, but some — especially smaller companies — do not.
Businesses that provide PCS or HHCS and also receive Federal Medicaid Assistance may be impacted by reductions in assistance received if EVV implementations are not in place by the required deadlines. These businesses typically provide at-home service for patients who can’t attend in-person.
Many home healthcare organizations have not yet implemented EVV standards / technologies and may struggle with:
When considering cellular solutions to become EVV-compliant, you must first know your state-mandated model. States are required to implement EVV requirements for businesses in their jurisdiction and can adopt a series of EVV models, each of which can have a different impact on the cellular solution you select. View a full list of state models.3
When implementing an EVV strategy, healthcare providers may choose whether to allow employees to use their own devices (aka BYOD) or to supply company-owned devices while at work visiting patients.
It’s easy to allow home aides, CNAs and other home healthcare employees to use their own phones, but the lack of security and accountability can lead to possible audits and important calls going unanswered.
You may also partner with a cellular mobility company that understands your need to be compliant with these mandates and will assist you with providing secure, company-owned equipment.
When researching possible connectivity partners and device plans, consider these important elements:
When a company device is issued, this can help remove barriers and frustration.
UScellular™ offers an array of secure mobile solutions powered by a nationwide, fast and reliable network to support EVV-mandated home healthcare solutions. Our technologies and products not only help support the data security you need to follow EVV regulations, but also help improve patient care. To learn more, call 866-616-5587 or visit uscellular.com/business/telehealth.