Affect of 21 Cures Act’s Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) on Home Care
A law has been signed by the federal legislation under the 21st Century CURES Act in December 2016. The law includes a small provision which has a big consequence for the home care providers. The provision needs the states of the Medicaid-funded personal care services programs like WPCS and IHSS so that they could adopt Electronic Visit Verification system in the programs which are going to start from January 1, 2019, or they will be facing a reduction in the federal funding.
EVV System Monitors Care Electronically and Includes:
Date of the service provided
Location of the delivery of the service
Type of the service to be performed
Starting and the ending times of the service
Individuals those are receiving the service
Individuals those are providing the service
The home care providers and the clients, understandably, are wary of the home healthcare software because they simply make their work more difficult than it already is. There is a big choice that the home care services must face and that is, either adopt this senior care software in WPCS and IHSS or simply lose the federal funding for all the critical programs. There are departments who are working on how this EVV must be implemented in the state, and the stakeholders and unions have submitted the formal opposition to the EVV implementation in California.
There are many things about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) which are going to affect IHSS providers and these are not addressed yet by the state, but here are some points that you must know
Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) plan is under construction: The federal government is giving leverage as how to implement this EVV which means that there is still time to keep the point of view and UDW intends to do that.
There can be some legal challenges to EVV: There are some existing laws which might be violated by the EVV, and it can be the reason for the blockage of its implementation in California.
EVV will be expensive: The ongoing costs of the implementing of the Electronic Visit Verification system and the maintaining of the EVV system is being carefully weighed versus the potential loss of the federal funding. It can happen that the costs will not outweigh the benefits based on the sheer size if the WPCS and IHSS programs.
There are many UDW caregivers who are opposing the Electronic Visit Verification and for good reasons: the jobs of home care are hard enough and this will simply add another reporting level and oversight layer. That is the reason UDW will be involved in every step of the planning and the implementation of the way of EVV program so that the caregivers and the clients are provided with the laws and their rights are protected.
Introduction to Telehealth & How Technology is Changing HealthCare
By the year 2050, there will be approximately 90 million seniors living in the United States, with many of them requiring at home care, as well as other patients needing care at home. New advances in technology are especially important for the caretakers of patents. With this integration, healthcare has become more efficient than it ever has, and has transformed the relationship between patient and healthcare provider.
To realize smooth cooperation between medical care and nursing care, the establishment of a shared network of patient information and the provision of efficient medical service are required. It is the utilization of ICT (information technology) that becomes the key. The advancement of technology including AI, ICT and others is remarkable, and the wave is spreading in the field of medical care. Even in regional medical care and advanced medicine, change has already begun. Research on artificial intelligence (AI) began around 60 years ago, and now it is positioned as a third AI boom where machinery learning and deep learning are attracting attention.
Furthermore, there has been a sharp contrast between the increasing elderly patients and increasing number of retiring nurses. This has caused new technologies to be able to catch up to fill the void left by this gap between nurses and elderly patients. One way that this can be solved is the use of telehealth technologies. Telecommunication is a growing field and its use in healthcare can prove to be indispensable. The use of telehealth will be able to use “a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services”. The adoption of these technologies would help streamline healthcare and reduce the number of times elderly patients would have to visit a hospital and the “larger share of the care in the patients’ home or residence, potentially reducing the demand for nurses and aides”.
As the number of elderly patients is on the rise of the United States, information technology has been improving to meet the new needs of patients. With accessing the growing field of telecommunications patient care at home is being transformed so that virtual medical services can be used to make home care more efficient for both the patient and the caretaker.
How Healthcare Software Market is Transforming Patient Care in Home Care
Relationship Between Healthcare Software and Patient Care
– For patients with no means of transportation or the elderly, technology makes it very easy with home care
– Artificial intelligence can be used to automate scheduling, predict the duration of visits and manage patient information so that visits are executed efficiently and well
– Technology is automating many processes with artificial intelligence reducing costs making healthcare accessible to more people
– Doctors are easily able to check up on patients
– Electronic Visit Verification is a way for caretaker companies to track their employees
– myEZcare’s app allows caretakers to clock in hours-don’t have to worry about logging hours and such
Home healthcare some time called home care is very common for patients in the United States, but many of these patients run into issues with home care agencies such as scheduling, communication and record keeping. However, technology is eliminating these issues with automated services and artificial intelligence. Biggest challenge home healthcare is facing tracking visits of caregivers rendering services at patient location. To eliminate this problem the United States government has mandated healthcare agencies providing home care services to implement electronic visit verification (EVV).
With myEZcare’s electronic visit verification app, easily downloaded off the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on a smartphone, caregivers can view their upcoming appointments and log their hours with the clock-in system all in the palm of their hands. This benefit both patients and caregivers since the location of the caregivers are tracked to ensure all patients are receiving the care they need, and caregivers can easily clock-in and clock-out without having to keep track of hours completed on their own. The app makes record keeping easier and reduces dishonest activity with caregivers.
myEZcare is one of the best providers of electronic visit verification (EVV) in the United States and Canada. The healthcare technology company is developing healthcare software’s with the help of experienced IT, medical and non-medical personnel.