November 29, 2017
Thanks for the opportunity to respond to the testimony provided by Joe Russell. We appreciate and respect the role of the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice, and we understand their goal to improve the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) EVV program.
We would like to clarify several of the comments included in the testimony provided on November 17 by providing additional details that may not have been available prior to this testimony.
There is an assertion that the Alternative EVV (Alt EVV) specifications are too complicated, that the specifications were created by Sandata, that the specifications were released without input from the community, and that there are no Alt EVV vendors who have completed certification.
Following are some of the details regarding the Alt-EVV specification and process for vendors to complete:
There is also an assertion that ODM allowed Sandata to write the policy for Alternative EVV systems that have an adverse impact on providers, for example, requiring alternative systems to mirror the Sandata system such as requiring social security number.
Following are the facts behind the policy, and the use of SSNs for caregivers:
Concern is also expressed regarding the deviation of the current program from the system described in the original RFP. Specifically it is noted that the MCOs are excluded from the current program, and that schedules and alerting are also not included in the current program that launches in January. Regarding this concern:
Finally, it should be noted that ODM is continuing to enlist input from the provider community and in fact has recently announced a relaxation of the GPS requirements for Alt-EVV solutions. In addition, ODM is participating in an EVV forum being held by OCHCH on December 6, 2017.
I appreciate the opportunity to provide this input. As the first OpenEVV solution in the industry, in our opinion, the ODM program is built on the principles of "Provider Choice" and "Provider Involvement," and the information provided should support that view.
Tom Underwood, CEO