The 21st Century CURES Act, signed into law in 2016, requires that States set up an EVV system to verify that services for all Medicaid-funded personal care and home health care services occurred. This includes services thru GGRC such as personal assistance and respite.
The state of California implemented an EVV system available to personal care service providers to collect and report their EVV data on January 1, 2022. The system, called CalEVV, will be available to home health care providers by January 1, 2023.
Click here to read about the new Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements
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Because of EVV, all individual Personal Assistants(PA) are now hired through Aveanna who acts as the Employer of Record. Aveanna cannot recruit or refer individual PAs to families, but if a family or individual finds someone who they want to activate as a PA, they should contact their social worker to get the process initiated.
The individual and/or family will need to sign a release of information form, and the PA will need to have documentation for working in the US and pass a background check. The rate of payment for a PA with the EOR will be over $24 per hour minus payroll taxes, which would be deducted from their paycheck.
For Respite 862 services, there will be a similar process that will occur to get a Respite worker up and running. Families should speak with their social worker once they identify a person to help, and the social worker initiates the paperwork and connects the worker with Aveanna.