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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved New York State’s Good Faith Effort extension request. This approval comes just weeks before the initial deadline. New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will now be afforded an additional year to formalize their decisions on electronic visit verification, which includes selection of an EVV model.

Among other factors, CMS based their approval on the State’s issuance of a Request for Information, a series of listening sessions held May through July 2019, and a Stakeholder Convening Report detailing information gathered during those listening sessions. New Yorkers should expect public meetings regarding EVV decisions hosted by DOH to resume in the new year, as CMS identified “additional time needed to ensure the state was able to obtain input from its full range of stakeholders” as a primary unavoidable delay in implementation.

The State has yet to determine whether a single vendor or system will be required throughout all home health care services and personal care services programming, or if agency providers and fiscal intermediaries will ultimately be responsible for establishing EVV systems.

Electronic visit verification must be fully implemented across New York and other states granted the extension by January 1, 2021.

Status on GFE requests for other states can be found on the federal Medicaid web page.