Texas Government Code
Sec. § 531.024172
Electronic Visit Verification System


(a)

Not later than March 31, 2018, the commission shall conduct a review of the electronic visit verification system in use under this section on August 31, 2017. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the commission is required to implement a change in law made to this section by S.B. 894, Acts of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, only if the commission determines the implementation is appropriate based on the findings of the review. The commission may combine the review required by this subsection with any similar review required to be conducted by the commission.

(b)

Subject to Subsection (g), the commission shall, in accordance with federal law, implement an electronic visit verification system to electronically verify through a telephone, global positioning, or computer-based system that personal care services, attendant care services, or other services identified by the commission that are provided to recipients under Medicaid, including personal care services or attendant care services provided under the Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program waiver issued under Section 1115 of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 1315) or any other Medicaid waiver program, are provided to recipients in accordance with a prior authorization or plan of care. The electronic visit verification system implemented under this subsection must allow for verification of only the following information relating to the delivery of Medicaid services:

(1)

the type of service provided;

(2)

the name of the recipient to whom the service is provided;

(3)

the date and times the provider began and ended the service delivery visit;

(4)

the location, including the address, at which the service was provided;

(5)

the name of the individual who provided the service; and

(6)

other information the commission determines is necessary to ensure the accurate adjudication of Medicaid claims.

(c)

The commission shall inform each Medicaid recipient who receives personal care services, attendant care services, or other services identified by the commission that the health care provider providing the services and the recipient are each required to comply with the electronic visit verification system. A managed care organization that contracts with the commission to provide health care services to Medicaid recipients described by this subsection shall also inform recipients enrolled in a managed care plan offered by the organization of those requirements.

(d)

In implementing the electronic visit verification system:

(1)

subject to Subsection (e), the executive commissioner shall adopt compliance standards for health care providers; and

(2)

the commission shall ensure that:

(A)

the information required to be reported by health care providers is standardized across managed care organizations that contract with the commission to provide health care services to Medicaid recipients and across commission programs;

(B)

processes required by managed care organizations to retrospectively correct data are standardized and publicly accessible to health care providers; and

(C)

standardized processes are established for addressing the failure of a managed care organization to provide a timely authorization for delivering services necessary to ensure continuity of care.

(e)

In establishing compliance standards for health care providers under Subsection (d), the executive commissioner shall consider:

(1)

the administrative burdens placed on health care providers required to comply with the standards; and

(2)

the benefits of using emerging technologies for ensuring compliance, including Internet-based, mobile telephone-based, and global positioning-based technologies.

(f)

A health care provider that provides personal care services, attendant care services, or other services identified by the commission to Medicaid recipients shall:

(1)

use an electronic visit verification system to document the provision of those services;

(2)

comply with all documentation requirements established by the commission;

(3)

comply with applicable federal and state laws regarding confidentiality of recipients’ information;

(4)

ensure that the commission or the managed care organization with which a claim for reimbursement for a service is filed may review electronic visit verification system documentation related to the claim or obtain a copy of that documentation at no charge to the commission or the organization; and

(5)

at any time, allow the commission or a managed care organization with which a health care provider contracts to provide health care services to recipients enrolled in the organization’s managed care plan to have direct, on-site access to the electronic visit verification system in use by the health care provider.

(g)

The commission may recognize a health care provider’s proprietary electronic visit verification system, whether purchased or developed by the provider, as complying with this section and allow the health care provider to use that system for a period determined by the commission if the commission determines that the system:

(1)

complies with all necessary data submission, exchange, and reporting requirements established under this section; and

(2)

meets all other standards and requirements established under this section.

(g-1)

If feasible, the executive commissioner shall ensure a health care provider that uses the provider’s proprietary electronic visit verification system recognized under Subsection (g) is reimbursed for the use of that system.

(g-2)

For purposes of facilitating the use of proprietary electronic visit verification systems by health care providers under Subsection (g) and in consultation with industry stakeholders and the work group established under Subsection (h), the commission or the executive commissioner, as appropriate, shall:

(1)

develop an open model system that mitigates the administrative burdens identified by providers required to use electronic visit verification;

(2)

allow providers to use emerging technologies, including Internet-based, mobile telephone-based, and global positioning-based technologies, in the providers’ proprietary electronic visit verification systems; and

(3)

adopt rules governing data submission and provider reimbursement.

(h)

The commission shall create a stakeholder work group comprised of representatives of affected health care providers, managed care organizations, and Medicaid recipients and periodically solicit from that work group input regarding the ongoing operation of the electronic visit verification system under this section.

(i)

The executive commissioner may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 7 (S.B. 7), Sec. 1.01(a), eff. September 28, 2011.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 909 (S.B. 894), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 667 (S.B. 1991), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.
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