A new electronic monitoring system in Connecticut that was set to go into effect February 1st has been delayed until April 1. The program is going to require all home care agencies across the state to electronically track and report the services they provide to those in need.
This system would be tracking home care provider hours and the services they provide, each and every visit. Some agencies in the state filed suit against the state, claiming this was government intrusion in private business. Other agencies and providers claim that the entire system is only going to cost them more to do business.
With plenty of pushback from providers throughout the state, the program is delayed. The program, according to the reports released by DSS (Department of Social Services), will go through some changes as they work with agencies and other providers.
According to the CT Mirror, in the news blog, State delays controversial electronic system mandate for home health care, written by Arielle Levine Becker:
“Under an agreement reached Tuesday afternoon, DSS will push back the date by which home health agencies will be required to begin using the system to April 1. In addition, DSS and caregiver agencies will have “continuing and expanding discussions” about implementing the system. The agreement also calls for implementing the full system without additional extensions or legislation. The date for providers to begin using the system already has been pushed back multiple times.
The agreement was reached between Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby and Rep. Catherine Abercrombie, the co-chair of the Human Services Committee, after a meeting that also included representatives from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office and leaders of the legislature’s appropriations and human services committees. Abercrombie has been pushing DSS for a delay.”
The primary focus on the new system, according to the state, is to help reduce fraud and overbilling. According to some agencies that have been using the system, or reviewing it, the problem lies in how long it takes to file these electronic bills, how the state monitor care, and how the agencies will be paid.
Recently, a news article noted that the state already owed millions to home care agencies for services provided. There was no indication that that revelation had any impact on this delay.
Agencies have 2 months to get this program up and running within their operations, or risk not receiving reimbursement for services rendered.