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Capitol Correspondence - 12.08.20

ANCOR Joins Coalition Letter to HHS Transition Team on Electronic Visit Verification

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As part of its group work with other national disability provider organizations, ANCOR joined a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services transition team requesting that the incoming administration “ensure that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delays the implementation of electronic visit verification (EVV) requirements set forth in the 21st Century Cures Act and its penalties for non-compliance until after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.”

Due to a series of challenges affecting the delivery of disability supports and the well-being and privacy of individuals supported, ANCOR has advocated for a delay of EVV implementation since 2018. This advocacy resulted in legislation delaying implementation for intellectual / developmental disability supports until 2019, combined with an additional one-year delay granted by CMS to states that have shown a “good faith effort” to implement the rule which ended at the start of 2020. States are now struggling to implement the regulation amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic.

ANCOR will continue its advocacy on this issue and keep members informed of opportunities to engage as they develop.