House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Approves Legislation Requiring Electronic Visit Verification for Medicaid Personal Care Services
Subcommittee Approves EVV Measure Along with Several Medicaid-related Bills
November 6, 2015 10:42 AM
Medicaid-related bills on Wednesday, November 4, including a measure (H.R. 2446) requiring states to use electronic visit verification (EVV) for Medicaid personal care services. The bill would penalize any state that does not require the use of an electronic visit verification system for personal care and home care services. For any such state, the legislation would reduce the Federal medical assistance percentage by 0.25 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2018 and 2019; by 0.5 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2020; by 0.75 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2021; and by 1 percentage point for calendar quarters in 2022 and each year thereafter. The legislation has not yet received consideration by the full committee or the full House of Representatives.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) continues to evaluate the legislation with the design of developing improvements. There are some concerns with the present version of the bill as it may affect provider costs and multi-state organizations. Representative Guthrie has expressed a willingness to work with the home care provider community in refining the bill. Several members of the Subcommittee on Health have also expressed concerns about the legislation (see previous NAHC Report article here).
NAHC is reviewing the other legislation considered during the markup. Following is the list of bill along with brief summaries:
H.R. 2446, To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require the use of electronic visit verification for personal care services furnished under the Medicaid program
Introduced by Rep. Guthrie (R-KY). Legislation would implement a Federal Matching Assistance Percentage (FMAP) penalty for states that fail to require providers of personal care services in their Medicaid program to use an electronic visit verification system that verifies the date of service, site of service, provider of service, and duration of service.
H.R. 3821, Medicaid Directory of Caregivers Act
Introduced by Reps. Collins (R-NY) and Rep. Tonko (D-NY). Legislation would require state Medicaid programs that serve enrollees through fee-for-service and/or primary care case management arrangements to publish a list of Medicaid providers on its website.
H.R. 3716, Ensuring Terminated Providers Are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP Act
Introduced by Rep. Bucshon (R-IN), Rep. Butterfield (D-NC), and Rep. Welch (D-VT). Legislation would implement several targeted recommendations by the HHS Office of Inspector General to improve Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversight of terminated providers, also improving states’ incentives to better police their programs and screen providers.
H.R. 2017, Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015
Introduced by Rep. McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA). Legislation would amend section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires calorie and other nutrition information be provided to consumers in restaurants and other similar retail food establishments that have twenty or more locations.
H.R. 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
Introduced by Rep. Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Johnson (D-TX) and cosponsored by over 150 members, including 43 Democrats.
H.R. 3014, Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act
Introduced by Rep. Sessions (R-TX). Legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow registered physicians to transport and administer controlled substances to patients at other practice settings and disaster areas if the physician enters into an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
H.R. 3537, Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2015
Introduced by Rep. Dent (R-PA), Rep. Himes (D-CT), Del. Holmes Norton (D- DC), and Rep. Jolly (R-FL). Legislation would add certain synthetic drug compounds to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
Stay tuned to NAHC Report for further analysis and updates regarding these Medicaid-related bills.