Home Care: 21st Century Cures Act

By Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CRC, NLCPC, CFDS
Clinical Consultant, Home Care & Hospice – Briggs Healthcare

Is your home care getting ready for the 21st Century Cures Act?

The Act signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016 covers a wide range of health-related topics. Containing $6.3 billion to develop health care modernizations, including one provision requiring electronic visit verification (EVV) for personal care and home health services provided under state Medicaid programs.

In an effort to prevent fraud and abuse, each state must have an EVV program in place for their Medicaid personal care services by January 1, 2019 and for home health services by 2023. The legislation provides the basic standards, but leaves the development of the actual implementation standards up to the states. Individual home health agencies may select a solution that meets the basic mandate or upgrade to a comprehensive care delivery management solution.

Care delivery management systems offer various levels of functionality, such as enabling real time communication between caregivers and the office, facilitate point-of-care documentation, and track mileage among other features. Agencies should evaluate which service best fits their business model.
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