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Sandhills Center announces EVV rate increases beginning in February

Sandhills Center announces EVV rate increases beginning in February

Publication Date: January 26, 2022

Sandhills Center announced today that rates will increase by 10 percent to providers of services subject to Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) compliance. These include select Innovations and 1915 (b) (3) Waiver services.  

The rate increases will be applied to the following procedural codes and will take effect for dates of services provided on or after Feb. 1, 2022:   

As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services required that North Carolina begin utilizing an EVV system for a number of in-home, personal care services within NC Innovations and TBI Waiver programs, in addition to certain B3 services, by Jan. 1. 2021. EVV is a method used to verify visit activity for services delivered as part of home and community-based service programs. EVV offers a measure of accountability to help ensure that individuals who are authorized to receive services, in fact, receive them in the approved location, on the correct dates, and for the full length of time allowed.  

Sandhills Center, as a Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization, is responsible for managing and monitoring the provision of public mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual/developmental disabilities services for Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured individuals in 11 central North Carolina counties, including Anson, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, and Rockingham.   

“Sandhills Center appreciates the collaboration with network providers to implement the EVV requirement, and understands the added effort community providers have put forth to fully implement this requirement and demonstrate compliance with its provisions,” said Victoria Whitt, CEO of Sandhills Center. “We are pleased to provide this 10 percent reimbursement rate increase in recognition of that effort.”