Taking on EVV Together
The federal government requires that each state implement an EVV system by January 2019 for personal care services. The state of Minnesota has taken steps towards this, and we expect more direction from DHS in the coming months.
Cashé believes that agencies that embrace EVV beyond basic compliance can gain a competitive edge and can dramatically improve efficiency, reducing cost of processing and ultimately increase cash flow. We’re hard at work preparing our new EVV platform to meet DHS’s upcoming guidelines as soon as they are released.
Cashé’s next generation, state-of-the-art, platform combines highly sophisticated backend technology with an easy-to-use interface that is native for both iOS and Android devices.
The app will simplify the process of verifying visits and complying with federal EVV requirements. It will also be completely customized to meet the criteria that will be laid out by DHS in the coming months.
We are organizing our development and deployment to ensure that our final product helps optimize efficiency while also meeting DHS’s guidelines for compliance requirements before the 2019 deadline.
Stay tuned for updates and developments as we learn more from DHS and continue to hone our EVV app to provide the best-possible end-to-end solution available for Minnesota-based home health care agencies.
Q: Will I not get paid if I don’t have EVV in place by January 2019?
A: No such statements have been made so far. Minnesota has yet to make an implementation decision
Q: Has the state named State-Approved EVV Vendors?
A: Per SIRS: There are no state-approved vendors
Q: What must an EVV system verify?
A: EVV Systems Must Verify:
- Type of service performed;
- Individual receiving the service;
- Date of the service;
- Location of service delivery;
- Individual providing the service;
- Time the service begins and ends.
Demystifying EVV Webinar by Praba Manivasager
During this webinar we will:
• Break down the federal law (21st Century Cures Act),
• Explain DHS’s current position on EVV as stated in the recently released legislative report
• Give you practical advice on how to prepare for this change
5 Reasons to Automate Your Agency before 2019
There is much speculation surrounding the timeline for EVV compliance. Regardless of mandates and deadlines, here are five good reasons to automate your agency by 2019.
1. Scale to meet the Growing Demand for Services
According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to reach over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent. Market research by Technavio on the global home healthcare services market predicts a CAGR of above 8% during the period 2018-2022.
As agencies scale to take advantage of the opportunity, they’ll need to consider new ways to work smarter and more efficiently and to optimize the resources available to them. The agencies that can serve more people while maintaining a high level of quality care will ultimately win out.
2. Face the Workforce Shortage
The number of unfilled positions in the Minnesota home care industry rose from 6,552 in 2016 to 7,766 in 2017 and continues to rise.
According to WCCO reporter, Pat Kessler, “State officials say Minnesota is losing personal care attendants and nurses faster than the industry is replacing them.”
Agencies who can quickly screen and onboard new employees, maximize their efficiency, and pay them faster will win out over those who have not optimized their HR processes. As agencies push to do more with fewer employees, finding opportunities to integrate automation to supplement or replace manual processes will become an even more pressing priority.
3. Improve Cash Flow
Managing cash flow in the home and community-based services industry can be challenging, but it is vital to the health of an agency. Agencies who are empowered to influence and track their cash flow open the doors to more growth and profitability. Things like electronic time cards, which ensure timely, accurate billing, and dashboards that quickly show utilization and billing status, can help optimize cash flow. Automatic alerts ensure that you’re instantly aware of any issues and improve your ability to follow up immediately and keep the billing process moving forward.
4. Stay in Compliance
Staying in business in the home and community-based service industry means staying in compliance with all of the regulations and requirements. If you are audited, it’s always that one timecard that you can’t find that you need to produce. Keeping all of the required documentation organized, up-to-date, and accessible to everyone who needs it, is a vital and increasingly complex task. Systems that automatically keep your billing and documentation in alignment with DHS, and your payroll compliant with DOL requirements, ensure that you’re always in compliance and ready for the next audit. Having a streamlined and agile system in place means that you’re prepared for what’s next and affords you the time and flexibility to respond without disrupting your entire organization.
5. Make a Bigger Impact
One of the most significant rewards of working in the home-and community-based service industry is the impact your work has on people’s lives. More efficiency means more time and resources to invest in the primary focus – delivering optimal care. Taking a proactive, holistic approach to managing and automating your operations means you can take some of the energy and effort out of reacting to issues and put it back into improving your business and making a difference in the lives of people in need.