LENEXA, KS, May 16, 2017 – As states race to meet an upcoming mandate to use Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Medicaid-funded personal care services and home health services, Mediware Information Systems has introduced a new solution to simplify policy compliance.
The company announced that a new EVV module will be available as a fully integrated component of the Harmony for Waivers platform. The Harmony software is used in many states to help automate and manage Medicaid waiver programs. The new solution, designed specifically to help reduce Medicaid fraud and abuse, will be available by the end of 2017, well in advance of the EVV requirement’s start date on January 1, 2019.
“Given the scale of state Medicaid programs and the time it takes to roll out such a technology initiative, we saw the need to bring a complete solution to market well in advance of the deadline,” said T. Kelly Mann, President and CEO of Mediware. “We look forward to helping states simplify the move to EVV, so they can focus on delivering needed services.”
The EVV mandate is part of the “21st Century Cures Act,” which expands medical research and speeds approval of new drugs and medical devices. States that do not have EVV in place by 2019 face reduced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), which determine the matching funds allocated to states. However, the Act also empowers the federal government to reimburse states for up to 90% of implementation costs and 75% of operation/maintenance costs of EVV.
Each year, Medicaid fraud and abuse costs taxpayers in the United States billions of dollars. As more providers deliver services in consumer homes and communities, away from more controlled facilities and institutional settings, the opportunities for fraud and abuse are magnified. The Harmony EVV solution, deployed to in home providers as an easy-to-install app on phones and tablets, helps to ensure the right provider provides the correct service at the scheduled time to reduce fraudulent claims.
“EVV makes state Medicaid services go farther and help more people, so it makes sense to take advantage of the federal reimbursement for EVV solutions while it’s still in place,” Mann continued.
State officials can learn more about Mediware’s EVV solution at Mediware.com/evv or by speaking with a Mediware State Medicaid Specialist at 1-888-MEDIWARE.
Mediware helps solve many of the key problems facing healthcare and human services. The U.S.-based company develops software for many segments of healthcare, including government, managed care organizations and private entities serving the aging, disabled and homeless. Mediware helps states manage Medicaid waiver programs for the Aging, the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled and those in need of Behavioral Health services. For more information visit www.mediware.com/human-services.