September 25th, 2022

EVV Updates for HCS and TxHmL Program Providers and FMSAs

HHSC and the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership posted helpful information for Home and Community-based Services program providers, Texas Home Living program providers and financial management services agencies required to use Electronic Visit Verification.

HHSC Notice

This notice is to help program providers and FMSAs that are receiving EVV mismatches for Day Habilitation services.

Refer to the Sept. 15 notice for information on billing requirements, such as which Day Habilitation bill codes to use.

TMHP Notice

This notice provides information about EVV requirements for In-Home Day Habilitation and about EVV claims matching starting Nov. 1 for HCS and TxHmL.

Refer to the Sept. 19 notice for more information and resources.

Email EVV Operations for questions.


September 25th, 2022

EVV Claims Matching Refresher for HCS and TxHmL

Electronic Visit Verification claims matching for Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living will begin for dates of service starting Nov. 1.

To help prepare, the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership will host a refresher webinar on Oct. 13, for:

  • HCS program providers
  • TxHmL program providers
  • Financial management services agencies

Refer to TMHP’s Sept. 15 notice for more information and to registerl

Click here for more information


September 18th, 2022

EVV Compliance Job Aids Updated

The Electronic Visit Verification Compliance Job Aids have been updated. They are in the compliance section on the EVV web page.

The job aids were simplified and provide updated information about the following EVV Compliance standards:

  • EVV Usage Scores and reviews
  • Required free text reviews
  • Landline phone verification reviews

August 31st, 2022

Annual EVV Policy Webinars for Program Providers & FMSAs

To view information about the upcoming webinars (September 30th and October 27th) and how to register go to:  https://www.tmhp.com/news/2022-08-30-annual-evv-policy-training-webinars-program-providers-and-fmsas
Both of the above-referenced webinars will cover the same information.  Information about the annual EVV policy webinars for CDS employers will be posted soon.

July 28th, 2022

EVV Portal and Training Updates

Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership updated the Electronic Visit Verification Portal and related training materials on July 14.

Refer to the EVV Portal and Training Updates notice on TMHP’s EVV webpage for more information.

Email questions to TMHP.


July 5th, 2022

EVV Claims for HCS and TxHmL Will Deny for Dates of Service Starting Sept. 1

HHSC has extended the start date when Electronic Visit Verification claims for Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living will deny for no matching EVV visit. This will begin for the dates of service of Sept. 1, 2022, and after.

The extension gives HCS and TxHmL program providers and financial management services agencies more time to improve their claims matching. Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership will provide more outreach and training on this topic. Trainings will be announced at a future date.

Refer to the HCS and TxHmL Best Practices to Avoid EVV Claim Mismatches (PDF) for technical guidance.

HCS and TxHmL EVV claims must continue to be submitted through the Client Assignment and Registration System or TMHP.

  • Submit EVV claims to CARE for dates of service before May 1, 2022.
  • Submit EVV claims to TMHP for dates of service of May 1, 2022, and after.

Program providers, FMSAs and Consumer Directed Services employers must continue to use EVV during this period. However, HCS and TxHmL claims will not be denied for an EVV mismatch. HCS and TxHmL claims during this period are still subject to HHSC provider fiscal compliance reviews conducted by HHSC Provider Fiscal Compliance..

Email EVV Operations for questions.


July 1st, 2022

EVV Claims for HCS and TxHmL Will Deny for Mismatched Visits Starting July 1

Starting July 1, Electronic Visit Verification claims for Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living must have a matching EVV Visit, or claims will deny.

Refer to the June 20 notice for more information and resources.

Email EVV Operations for questions.


June 12th, 2022

EVV Portal and Training Updates

Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership updated the Electronic Visit Verification Portal and related training materials on June 9.

There are also two new visit rejection codes related to EVV system transfers.

Refer to the EVV Portal and Training Updates notice on TMHP’s EVV webpage for more information.

Email questions to TMHP.


June 6th, 2022

EVV Policy Handbook Revision and Training Updates

The Electronic Visit Verification Policy Handbook has been revised.

Revisions include:

  • Adding new sections for the Consumer Directed Services option.
  • Updating Schedules policy.
  • Updating Visit Maintenance Reduction Features policy.

These revisions are effective June 1 and are outlined in the new revision log (PDF), located on the EVV webpage.

The handbook’s policies include EVV standards and policy requirements for:

  • Program providers
  • Financial Management Services Agencies
  • Consumer Directed Services employers
  • Payers, such as HHSC and managed care organizations

Computer-based training on the HHS Learning Portal were updated to include the policy revisions.

  • EVV Policy Training for Program Providers and FMSAs CBT
  • Initial EVV Policy Training for CDS Employers CBT
    • Note: The updates to the Spanish CBT will publish in June.

Email HHSC EVV Operations for questions about this notice.


May 30th, 2022

EVV Claims Matching for HCS and TxHmL Will Resume July 1

Electronic Visit Verification claims matching will resume for all Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living billing code combinations with dates of service of July 1, 2022 or after.

HHSC will post another notice with more information and resources to avoid EVV claims mismatches before July 1, 2022.

Email EVV Operations for questions about this notice.


May 8th, 2022

EVV Portal and Training Updates

Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership updated the Electronic Visit Verification Portal and related training materials on April 29.

Refer to the EVV Portal and Training Updates notice on TMHP’s EVV webpage for more information.

Email TMHP EVV Operations with questions


March 7th, 2022

EVV Notice for HCS/TxHmL Program Providers

The migration of Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) forms and claims entry to Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) has been moved from March 1, 2022, to May 1, 2022. The postponement allows more time for program providers to set up the necessary TMHP accounts and take relevant training courses. HCS and TxHmL program providers must continue to use the Client Assignment and Registration (CARE) system to submit claims using existing billing code combinations for service groups 12 and 15 for dates of service prior to May 1, 2022.

HHSC is aware that some program providers updated authorizations in the EVV systems to reflect the new billing code combinations for service groups 21 and 22 that were scheduled to take effect March 1. To avoid the re-entry of authorizations, HHSC and TMHP will take the following actions:

  • By March 4, the EVV Aggregator will accept billing code combinations for service groups 12, 15, 21 and 22 on EVV visits for dates of service through April 30, 2022, to prevent visit rejections.
    • For dates of service on or after May 1, 2022, the EVV Aggregator will only accept billing code combinations for service groups 21 and 22.
  • Turn on the EVV07 claims matching bypass for all HCS and TxHmL billing code combinations to avoid claim denials through May 31, 2022.
    • Claims matching for all HCS and TxHmL billing code combinations will resume June 1, 2022.
  • Publish an updated EVV Service Bill Codes Table to reflect these changes.

HCS and TxHmL claims will not be denied for an EVV mismatch. HCS and TxHmL claims during this period are still subject to HHSC provider fiscal compliance reviews conducted by HHSC Provider Fiscal Compliance.

**For visits that have been rejected by the aggregator due to incorrect billing code combinations, program providers must re-export the visit and ensure it is accepted in the EVV aggregator prior to submitting claims.

Please refer to HHSC’s ‘Continue Submitting Claims and Forms Using CARE System Until May 1, 2022’ notice for more information.

For technical questions related to the EVV Aggregator, contact TMHP. For other general EVV inquiries, contact HHSC EVV Operations.


March 3rd, 2022

EVV Policy Handbook Revisions Now Available

HHSC revised sections and appendices of the Electronic Visit Verification Policy Handbook.

The handbook includes EVV standards and policy requirements for:

  • Program providers.
  • Financial Management Services Agencies.
  • Consumer Directed Services employers.
  • Payers, such as HHSC and managed care organizations.

The revisions are effective March 1 and are briefly described in the 22-2 notice. For more information about the policy changes, refer to the new revision log (PDF) located on the EVV webpage.

Email HHSC EVV Operations with questions.


February 28th, 2022

EVV Portal and Training Updates

Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership updated the Electronic Visit Verification Portal and related training materials on Feb. 28.

For more information, refer to the EVV Portal and Training Updates article on TMHP’s EVV webpage.

For questions, email TMHP EVV Operations.


January 8th, 2022

EVV Policy Handbook Revisions – Jan. 7th, 2022

HHSC revised parts of the Electronic Visit Verification Policy Handbook. These revisions are effective Jan. 7 and are listed in Revision Notice 22-1.

The handbook’s policies include EVV standards and policy requirements for:

  • Program providers.
  • Financial Management Services Agencies.
  • Consumer Directed Services employers.
  • Payers, such as HHSC and managed care organizations.

For questions, email HHSC EVV Operations.


November 21st, 2021

EVV Portal and Training Updates for November 2021

Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership made improvements to the EVV Portal and related training materials on Nov. 11.

For more information, access the November 2021 EVV Portal and Training Updates article on TMHP’s EVV webpage.

FYI- When you click on the link above for updates from HHSC, please be sure to scroll to the bottom and click on “accept” as this is a disclaimer page.  You must do this 1st.   I have received some comments that some providers get confused when they see this page on the EVV website first pop up and they think they are on the wrong page, or there is a problem with the website page, etc…

Email TMHP with questions about these updates.


November 18th, 2021

Revised EVV Policy Handbook Now Available

The Electronic Visit Verification Policy Handbook was revised.

The handbook’s policies are effective Nov. 1, 2021 and include EVV standards and policy requirements for:

  • Program providers
  • Financial Management Services Agencies
  • Consumer Directed Services employers
  • Payers such as HHSC and managed care organizations

The handbook replaces policies previously on the HHSC EVV webpage.  See EVV Policy Handbook Revisions – November 2021 (PDF) for differences between previously published policies and the revised handbook.

The following computer-based training courses on the EVV Training page of the HHS Learning Portal now reflects the revised EVV Policy Handbook:

  • Initial EVV Policy Training for CDS Employers
  • EVV Policy Training for Program Providers and FMSAs

Use the applicable checklist within EVV Training Requirements Checklist (PDF) for EVV training requirements and completion options.

Email questions to HHSC EVV Operations.


November 17th, 2021

EVV Visit Maintenance Unlock Request Updates

HHSC published EVV Visit Maintenance Unlock Request spreadsheet updates.

These updates let the user request corrections to data element(s) on an EVV visit transaction(s) after the visit maintenance time frame has expired.

Program providers, Financial Management Services Agencies and Consumer Directed Services employers must use the request spreadsheets found on the EVV webpage.

The updates to the program provider and FMSA Request (Excel) include:

  • New fields
  • Added drop-down lists to applicable fields
  • Updated and simplified field headers
  • Revised instructions to:
    • Reflect EVV policy updates
    • List detailed steps and notes to complete the Request

The new Request for Consumer Directed Services employers (Excel) include:

  • A new request spreadsheet for CDS employers who selected Option 1 on Form 1722, Employer’s Selection for EVV Responsibilities, to complete visit maintenance. This includes:
    • Drop-down lists for applicable fields
    • Sections for CDS employers and payers to complete
  • Instructions reflect:
    • EVV policy updates
    • Detailed steps and notes to complete the request

    Review the instructions on the spreadsheets for more information.

    Email questions to your payer, either HHSC or a managed care organization


July 4th, 2021

EVV Visit Maintenance Policy Now Available

The Electronic Visit Verification Visit Maintenance Policy (PDF) is now available on the HHSC EVV webpage. The policy is effective July 1, 2021 and:

  • Requires the program provider, Financial Management Services Agency or Consumer Directed Services employer to ensure each EVV visit transaction is complete, accurate and validated.
  • Incorporates the Visit Maintenance: Last Visit Maintenance Date Policy.
  • Incorporates the Visit Maintenance Unlock Request Policy.
  • Includes the new visit maintenance time frame of 95 calendar days. (previously 60 calendar days) from the date of service delivery.

Email questions to HHSC EVV Operations at EVV@hhs.texas.gov.


July 4th, 2021

HHSC EVV Webpage Updates Now Available

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission updated and archived web sections and content, updated and added additional information related to the 21st Century Cures Act (Section 12006) and added new resources for the following Electronic Visit Verification webpages:

Email questions to HHSC EVV Operations at EVV@hhs.texas.gov.


July 3rd, 2021

Revised EVV Visit Transaction Rejection Guide Now Available

The Electronic Visit Verification Visit Transaction Rejection Guide (PDF) was revised and is now available.

The guide provides step-by-step instructions for program providers and Financial Management Services Agencies to identify and correct issues that result in transaction rejections in the EVV system.

The guide is published on TMHP’s EVV Training webpage.

Email TMHP with questions.


April 17th, 2021

EVV Policy Training for CDS Employers Now Available in Spanish

The computer-based training course, Initial EVV Policy Training for CDS Employers, is available in Spanish on the HHS Learning Portal.

To translate the HHS Learning Portal to Spanish, select Español from the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner of the webpage.

The policy training is tailored to the selection on Form 1722, Employer Selection for Electronic Visit Verification Responsibilities.

Registrants are not required to complete the Form 1722 Pre-Course Survey.

Follow the instructions throughout the course to complete and receive certification.

Email the HHSC EVV Mailbox for questions about EVV policy training.


March 16th, 2021

HHSC Publishes EVV Requirements of Signatures on Enrollment Documentation           (IL 2021-13)

HHSC has published IL 2021-13, EVV Notification Requirement (PDF), replacing IL 2020-01.

The letter addresses revisions on instructing LIDDAs on the requirements of signatures on enrollment documentation.

It also addresses new activity requirements for HCS, TxHmL, CDS program providers and LIDDA service coordinators.

For questions, email HCS Policy or CDS.


March 10th, 2021

Temporary EVV Policies for the Feb. 2021 Severe Winter Weather

In response to the recent severe winter weather, HHSC issued Temporary EVV Policies for Severe Winter Weather (PDF).

The flexibilities are for dates of service from Feb. 10, 2021 through Feb. 24, 2021.

The flexibilities are for program providers, financial management services agencies and consumer directed services employers required to use EVV.

Email questions to the HHSC EVV Mailbox.


February 7th, 2021

EVV Refresher Training on Feb. 19

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership are hosting an Electronic Visit Verification webinar.

This training is a refresher and covers topics for Home and Community-based Services program providers, Texas Home Living program providers and financial management services agencies who submit EVV claims for HCS and TxHmL EVV-required services.

The training is not required and is not a substitute for annual EVV training requirements.

Certificates of completion will not be issued.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions throughout the training.

Both HHSC and TMHP will conduct a live question and answer session.

The registration link is below and provides details, such as agenda topics.

HCS/TxHmL EVV Refresher Training – Claims Submission/Claims Matching Policies & Best Practices to Avoid EVV Claim Mismatches
Friday Feb. 19
10 a.m. – Noon
Register for the webinar.

Email HHSC EVV for questions.


Reminder:  Entering Schedules for EVV-Required Services

The Electronic Visit Verification system allows Home and Community-based Services, Texas Home Living program providers, CDS Employers and Financial Management Services Agencies to enter schedules for EVV-required services. This is not an HHSC requirement. Program Providers, FMSAs and CDS employers can choose to enter a schedule into the EVV system.

EVV is only required for the following services:

  • Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation
  • In-Home Day Habilitation in own home or family home settings
  • In-Home Respite in own home or family home settings

Email hcspolicy@hhsc.state.tx.us or txhml@hhsc.state.tx.us with questions.


January 24th, 2021

EVV Portal and Training Updates for January

On Jan. 14, Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership made improvements to the Electronic Visit Verification Portal by updating the EVV Reason Code Usage and Free Text Report and updated the related training materials.

Read the TMHP article EVV Portal Improvements and Training Updates for details.

Email TMHP with questions about these updates.


January 24th, 2021

HCS & TxHmL Best Practices to Avoid EVV Claim Mismatches for CFC PAS/HAB Services

HHSC has published Best Practices to Avoid Electronic Visit Verification Claim Mismatches for Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living (PDF) program providers and financial management services agencies.

The best practices help HCS and TxHmL providers avoid claim denials related to EVV.

The best practices are linked above and on the HHS EVV Training webpage in the Best Practices section.

Email questions about EVV policy to HHSC EVV.


January 18th, 2021

EVV Compliance Oversight Reviews Delayed for EVV Usage and Misuse of EVV Reason Codes

HHSC told managed care organizations to delay compliance oversight reviews for EVV Usage and Misuse of EVV Reason Codes. Evaluation of visit data collected during the grace period ensures the compliance measures continue to align with current EVV policy.

EVV Usage and Misuse of EVV Reason Codes reviews for the compliance grace period ended on Aug. 31, 2020 for:

  • EVV visits with Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020 dates of service.
  • Program providers required to use EVV by state law before the Cures Act Implementation identified on pages 3 and 4 of the Programs and Services Required to Use EVV (PDF) document.

Next Steps

  • HHSC will notify program providers 90 calendar days before reviews begin for EVV Usage and Misuse of EVV Reason Codes for EVV visits with dates of service on and after Sept. 1, 2020.
  • HHSC and MCOs will continue reviews for EVV Landline Phone Verification and Required Free Text.
  • Program providers can use the EVV Usage Report, and EVV Reason Code Usage and Free Text Report in the EVV Portal to track these compliance measures.

Program providers can contact their payer or email HHSC EVV with their questions or concerns.


January 10th, 2021

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EVV Notification Requirement for HCS/TxHmL Program Providers 

HHSC has published IL 2021-01 Electronic Visit Verification Notification Requirement (PDF).

The letter informs HCS and TxHmL program providers they are now required to use the EVV system for CFC PAS/HAB, in-home respite, and day habilitation provided in the home of an individual who has a residential location of “own/family home.”

Texas Government Code, §531.024172(c), requires that HHSC inform an individual who receives a service requiring the use of EVV that the individual is required to comply with the EVV system. HHSC has developed a form for providers to comply with this statute.

The Electronic Visit Verification Responsibilities and Additional Information form is included with the IL 2021-01 (PDF).


January 4th, 2021

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 EVV for HCS and TxHmL providers has gone live since January 1, 2021 (includes CDS and FMSA’s)

Resources for providers, including escalation processes, regarding EVV questions & concerns:
Process for organizations/associations escalating issues on behalf of their members:
  • Email HHSC EVV Operations, Electronic_Visit_Verification@hhsc.state.tx.us, regarding:
    • EVV Policy and Compliance Questions
    • General EVV Inquiries and Complaints
    • Good idea to CC your provider association, if you are a member (PPAT, PACSTX..)
  • Email TMHPEVV@tmhp.com, regarding TMHP issues and EVV vendor complaints/issues.
    • Copy Evan Wilkerson on urgent TMHP or EVV vendor issues.
Reminder:  It’s critical that provider associations and their members send any issues to the official mailboxes (electronic_visit_verification@hhsc.state.tx.us and EVV@tmhp.com) for tracking purposes.  Providers and associations may email Evan Wilkerson (TMHP) on urgent issues, but be sure to also send to the official HHSC and TMHP email boxes.

December 20th, 2020

Cures Act EVV:

Preparing for Jan. 1, 2021 Implementation

HHSC will require Electronic Visit Verification for all Medicaid personal care services beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. This requirement is mandated by the federal 21st Century Cures Act. If HHSC does not comply, Texas will lose federal funding for Medicaid services.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021:

  • Document all delivery visits for an EVV-required service in the EVV system. EVV-required services on the Programs, Services, and Service Delivery Options Required to Use EVV (PDF) document.
  • An EVV-required service claim will be paid only if:
    1. The EVV visit transaction that supports the claim is accepted into the EVV Portal before claim submission.
    2. The claim receives an “EVV01 – EVV Match” result code in the EVV Portal after the claims matching process is performed.

Program providers and financial management services agencies must complete the following before Jan. 1, 2021, to avoid impacts to EVV claims payment:

  • EVV system onboarding. This includes system setup and training.
    • If an EVV vendor system is selected from the state vendor pool, the EVV vendor provides the training. Refer to the TMHP EVV Vendors webpage for more information about EVV vendors and their contact information.
    • If an EVV proprietary system is selected, the program provider or FMSA handles system training.
  • EVV training requirements outlined in the Cures Act EVV: Training Requirements Checklists (PDF).
  • Document all visits for EVV-required services in the EVV system.

CDS employers must complete the following before Jan. 1, 2021, to avoid delays in payment to their CDS employees:

HHSC is providing the following support to program providers, FMSAs, and CDS employers. This is to reduce impacts to claims payment and payment to CDS employees as they adjust to the new EVV requirements.

  • If a visit is not captured through an electronic verification method, enter the visit manually into the EVV system and confirm acceptance into the EVV Portal to avoid claim denials. Instructions for manually entering a visit are posted in the following locations:
    • DataLogic/Vesta EVV system.
    • First Data/AuthentiCare EVV system in the “Custom Links” section.
  • HHSC has published Best Practices to Avoid EVV Claim Mismatches (PDF) to help program providers and FMSAs ensure a claim is not denied for reasons related to EVV.
  • HHSC has issued the 90 Day Visit Maintenance Temporary Policy (PDF). extending the time to complete visit maintenance for dates of service between Jan. 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021.
  • An EVV compliance grace period will be applied for one year to all Cures Act EVV Expansion services with dates of service between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021 for the compliance measures listed in EVV Compliance Oversight Reviews Policy (PDF).

The EVV Contact Information Guides provide points of contact for EVV-related questions and issues:

Visit the HHS EVV website for more information.


November 28, 2020

HCS and TxHmL CARE Service Authorization instructions for EVV

HCS and TxHmL are required to manually enter each individual’s service authorization in the EVV Vendor System.

Providers can find instructions here on how to find their service authorizations in CARE.

If additional assistance is needed after the service authorization is obtained, program providers can contact their EVV vendor for further instructions.


Existing EVV Users: Temporary EVV Policies for COVID-19 to End Dec. 31

HHSC is extending the Temporary EVV Policies for COVID-19 (PDF) through Dec. 31, 2020 for program providers currently required to use Electronic Visit Verification. HHSC will end the temporary policies after Dec. 31, 2020.

Program providers submitting EVV claims for dates of service on and after Jan. 1, 2021:

  • Must ensure a matching EVV visit transaction is accepted in the EVV Portal before billing the claim, or the claim will be denied.
  • Will no longer receive an EVV07 match code in the EVV Portal.
  • Will no longer have 180 days to complete visit maintenance.

Reminder: HHSC extended the practice period for the Cures Act Expansion. Claims for EVV services included in the Cures Act Expansion, will be denied without a matching EVV visit transaction for dates of service on and after Jan. 1, 2021.

Best Practices for Temporary EVV Policies for COVID-19

Program providers should continue to follow the Best Practices for Temporary EVV Policies for COVID-19 (PDF) to avoid recoupments for claims submitted between March 21, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Contact your payer for questions or email HHSC EVV.

Visit the HHS EVV webpage.


HCS and TxHmL Program Providers Required to Select an EVV Vendor
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HCS and TxHmL Program Providers Required to Select an EVV Vendor

Effective Jan. 1, HHSC will require HCS and TxHmL program providers to use EVV for the following services:

  • Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation
  • In-Home Respite
  • In-Home Day Habilitation (Own Home or Family Home only)

HCS and TxHmL program providers are required to select an EVV vendor and complete EVV training to meet the Jan.1 deadlines. The requirement to select an EVV vendor and complete training applies to all contracted HCS and TxHmL program providers.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, service claims for CFC PAS/HAB will be denied by the claims adjudication system and not paid by HHSC if the program provider has not onboarded with an EVV vendor.

Read IL 20-07 (PDF) for more information about selecting an EVV vendor and completing training to be EVV-compliant by the Jan. 1 deadline.


Deadline Approaching Soon!!

October 21, 2020

Remember everyone:  Effective Dec. 1, HHSC will require HCS and TxHmL program providers to use EVV for the following services:

  • Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation (CFC PAS/HAB)
  • In-Home Respite
  • In-Home Day Habilitation (Own Home or Family Home only)

HCS and TxHmL program providers are required to select an EVV vendor and complete EVV training to meet the Dec.1 deadlines. The requirement to select an EVV vendor and complete training applies to all contracted HCS and TxHmL program providers.

Beginning Dec. 1, 2020, service claims for CFC PAS/HAB will be denied by the claims adjudication system and not paid by HHSC if the program provider has not onboarded with an EVV vendor.

Click here to read IL 20-07 (PDF) for more information about selecting an EVV vendor and completing training to be EVV-compliant by the Dec. 1 deadline.

Contact EVV if you have questions about EVV requirements.


Oct. 11th, 2020

EVV Revised Policies Effective Oct. 1

HHSC has revised the following electronic visit verification policies, effective Oct. 1. The information is for program providers and financial management services agencies. It is on the Policy section of the HHS EVV webpage.

Claims Matching Policy (PDF)

The policy:

  • Includes additional EVV claims match result codes
  • Identifies exceptions to the claims matching process

Claims Submission Policy (PDF)

  • The policy includes detailed information about the requirement to submit claims for EVV-required services to the appropriate HHSC claims management system.
  • The EVV Billing Policy has been incorporated into the policy.

Email HHSC EVV with your questions.


Oct. 11th, 2020

Updated EVV Service Bill Codes Table Effective Oct. 1

The EVV Service Bill Codes Table is updated effective Oct. 1. The table is on the HHS EVV webpage in the Service Bill Codes Table section. See:

  • Below for the major updates
  • The Revision History in the table for a complete list of the changes

Program providers and FMSAs can refer to the table for the list of EVV-relevant services and bill code information to avoid EVV visit transaction rejections and EVV claim mismatches.

Units Matching

The updated table shows that during the EVV claims matching process for dates of service on and after Oct. 1, billable units on the EVV visit transaction will be matched to billed units on the claim for:

  • EVV-relevant services delivered through the service responsibility option in Managed Care and fee-for-service Long-Term Care programs.
  • Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation in the Community Living Assistance and Support Services program (Service Group 2, Service Code 10CFC T2026).

Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living Programs

  • The table clarifies the EVV Requirements for In-Home Day Habilitation in the HCS Program when In-Home Day Habilitation and In-Home Respite services are provided in a member’s own home or family home setting.
  • The “Claims Place of Service” column in the “CARE LTC FFS” tab only includes place of service code 12 (Home Location) because EVV is only required to capture services that need an in-home visit.

Email HHSC EVV for questions.


 

 

 

Clarification: No EVV For In-Home DH (3 & 4-bed Homes or Host Homes)
September 11, 2020

HHSC is issuing this guidance from CMS to Home and Community-based Services program providers. It clarifies electronic visit verification requirements for in-home day habilitation.

All service events occurring on or after Dec. 1, 2020, for an EVV-required service, must be captured in the EVV system and accepted into the EVV Aggregator.

EVV is not required for In-Home Day Habilitation provided to someone in a:

  • Three or four-person home
  • Host home
  • Companion care residential setting

EVV is only required for the following services:

  • Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation
  • In-Home Day Habilitation in own home or family home settings
  • In-Home Respite in own home or family home settings

See IL 20-07 Electronic Visit Verification in the HCS and TxHmL Program (PDF) for information about EVV requirements.

Additional Guidance on Day Habilitation Services

Program providers billing claims for In-Home Day Habilitation services requiring EVV will continue to use the current claims procedure code, T2020. The EVV Service Bill Codes Table lists this code on the HHS EVV website.

HHSC is developing separate bill codes for Out-of-Home Day Habilitation and will provide guidance before implementing the new codes.

Email hcspolicy@hhsc.state.tx.us with questions.


No EVV For In-Home DH: 3 & 4-bed Homes or Host Homes

August 20th, 2020

HHSC just informed the three IDD associations that it received clarification from CMS that EVV will not be required for in-home day habilitation delivered in a three- or four-bed home or host home. HHSC will send notice regarding this to all affected stakeholders.   This does however mean that In-Home DH provided in an individual’s “Own Family Home” will still require staff to utilize EVV.


CURES Act EVV Training is Underway for HCS/TxHmL Providers

Program providers and FMSAs affected by the Cures Act EVV expansion must complete EVV policy and EVV Portal training before Dec. 1, 2020, and then annually. See the EVV Required Training Checklist (PDF) for more information.

To meet the training requirement, program providers and FMSAs attending these webinars must:

  1. Register for Session 1.
  2. Register for Session 2.
  3. Attend both sessions from start to finish.

To register, click the links below:

FMSAs

HCS/TxHmL

Additional Training Opportunities

Program providers and FMSAs can also meet training requirements by completing computer-based training online in the HHSC Learning Portal and TMHP Learning Management System. HHSC and TMHP are planning additional live training events this fall and will provide more information when available.

Email TMHP for questions about registration or the EVV Portal.

Email questions about EVV training requirements.

 For more Cures Act information, visit the HHS EVV Cures Act webpage.


 

If you miss the EVV training dates, you may take them on the HHSC learning portal:

https://learningportal.dfps.state.tx.us/


 

Please go to HHSC’s page on Electronic Visit Verification for the latest information/ updates to EVV.  Please see Training & Joint Training pages from HHSC as well!

https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/provider-portals/long-term-care-providers/resources/electronic-visit-verification


Updated Timeline for Cures Act EVV Expansion     

The updated timeline for expanding the Cures Act EVV requirement to all Medicaid personal care services is now available on the HHS Cures Act EVV website.

The timeline includes new information and resources about the EVV Practice Period beginning July 1, completing training requirements, and more.

This information is for Cures Act program providers and FMSAs (PDF) required to use Electronic Visit Verification by Jan. 1, 2021.

For questions, contact EVV.



New EVV Proprietary System Onboarding Documents Available

TMHP has posted new information about the EVV proprietary system onboarding process on the TMHP EVV Proprietary Systems webpage.

The documents located in the Onboarding section provide an overview of the approval process that a program provider or FMSA must complete before using their own EVV proprietary system. For more information, refer to the article on the TMHP EVV website (PDF).

Resources


Trainings Available:

EVV Policy Training (Provided by your payer)

  • The HHSC EVV Policy computer-based training (CBT).
  • The MCO Policy training. Contact your MCO for EVV Policy training opportunities.

EVV Aggregator and EVV Portal Training (Provided by TMHP)

There will also be instructor-led trainings (EVV Roadshow) in October. Find the schedule and register on the HHS Learning Portal.

Additional training resources are available on the HHSC EVV website and the TMHP EVV Provider Training webpage.

For questions about this alert, email Electronic_Visit_Verification@hhsc.state.tx.us.

 

Online, interactive EVV training courses are available

in the HHS Learning Portal and TMHP Learning Management System. Completing these courses help program providers meet EVV training requirements.

The HHS Learning Portal includes training about HHSC EVV Policy.

The TMHP Learning Management System includes training about:

  • EVV Vendor Selection
  • EVV Portal
  • EVV Portal Standard Reports and Search Tools
  • EVV Claims Submission and Billing