Employing 21st century technology to fight fraud
Obviously there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes to verifying and validating both HCA time and the care provided. A better solution would enable time management for the HCA as well as validated paperwork for the state. Such a solution would provide daily electronic reporting, as well as adhere to the rules and regulations of Medicaid, HIPAA, Omnibus HI-TECH and the FLSA. It would be a mobile solution that enables easy auditing and lowers the cost of verifying and validating HCA’s. It should not be a solution that relies on outdated land-line phones, the integrity of HCA’s, or expensive manual record-keeping. A technology-based solution can eliminate the need for landlines and the potential for fraud. Such a solution can simply verify and validate the following using biometrics and capturing data in real time:
- Shift start time
- Time between HCA and patient sign in
- Tasks performed
- Shift stop time
- Mileage driven
- Total hours worked for the week and month by HCA’s.
- Ability to calculate multiple HCA’s with one client
- HCA certification eligibility dates
Being able to track this data alone would provide the state with the information needed to reduce and even end fraud by enabling the ability to verify an HCA’s eligibility in real time. In addition, it would reduce the cost of tracking HCA time and tasks by automating recordkeeping.