Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Standards Established and Methods Used to Assure High Quality Care [12 VAC 30 ‑ 60]
Action Electronic Visit Verification
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 3/21/2020
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3/20/20  12:58 pm
Commenter: Valerie Lopez

harming the rural resident

Not everyone is qualifying for the free phones.  The free phones often do not work especially in rural locations.  How is asking someone to drive to wifi to download their times/locations two times a month not asking the consumer to pay for secondary services to receive their home care?  Tax write off for mileage is currently .58 cents per mile.  That is the general cost of wear/tear and gas to get around these days.  A trip to wifi could easily cost $20 to $30 round trip.  Twice a month is $40 to $60.  Yes, everyone runs errands, but these errands will rarely coincide with the direction the consumer is going or the consumer's time frame, so it will end up being a purposed trip just for EVV.  How is asking someone to download an app. onto their personal phones not asking the consumer to have to pay for secondary services? How is asking the consumer to buy and use a tablet, phone,  or other device to comply with EVV not asking the consumer to pay for secondary services? 

CommentID: 79993