HealthStar LLC Announces Advisory Board and First Board Member

HealthStar is delighted to announce the formation of its advisory board and the appointment of its first member, Daniel Walpole.

As a leader in Verizon’s Internet of Things (IoT) Resale Business Group, Walpole devoted countless hours to learning from key industry leaders and innovators. Along the way, he built partnerships that helped create a $200 million business pipeline for the telecom giant in just a few short years. 

To HealthStar, Daniel will bring his industry knowledge, experience, and connections to pursue new, diversified vertical markets and forge partnerships within and beyond the healthcare sector. His focus is helping businesses transform massive data lakes into controlled and actionable intelligence that not only delivers value to customers, but also drives sustainable and profitable growth.  

Walpole’s strategy also includes expanding digital transformation directly to consumers. As people across the globe spend more and more time on their mobile devices, it is crucial to perfect the technology that connects them to the things that matter most in their lives. In doing so, businesses empower consumers to use that technology when and how they choose.   

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HealthStar’s Patented Technology Is Making Headlines

It’s an exciting time for HealthStar. This week, our company was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel as well as on USA Today.

Our founder and CEO Dr. Ed Breazeale spoke about a number of issues plaguing the healthcare system, including the fraud, waste, and abuse that often occur in Medicaid reimbursement for home health services. As the article notes, “nearly $3.6 billion in personal care services were paid improperly in 2015,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Breazeale also explained how HealthStar’s patented electronic visit verification (EVV) technology reduces system cheating through GPS. Within the first few months of implementing HealthStar Visit, our technology flagged a care giver attempting to bill services from Egypt while visiting family.

“In the outpatient world, nobody’s watching…” Breazeale said. “If you’re cheating the patient or you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do, you’re not only cheating the patient but you’re cheating the system.”

Read the full story here, or check out our full range of healthcare technology solutions for more information.

HealthStar founder earns patent for Electronic Visit Verification technology

We are pleased to announce… Our EVV solution has received a patent!

On August 22nd, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent No. 9,740,823 to HealthStar, LLC Founder and CEO, Dr. Ed Breazeale, for the underlying approach utilized in our Electronic Visit Verification system.  HealthStar is the sole licensee for this patented technology.  See press release (link below) for additional details.

HealthStar EVV Patent – PRESS RELEASE

21st Century CURES Act – Mandates EVV for Home Care Services

Based on a 2010 report, HHS-OIG found in 2006-2007 there were approximately 724 million dollars in improper payments made for Personal Care Services for Medicaid recipients. Improper payments were made due to undocumented services, uncertified PCA workers as well as services billed while members were institutionalized and therefore not authorized to received services. These statistics continue to grow with family and friends continuing to questions whether their loved ones are being provided appropriate care. Recently signed into law by President Obama, the 21st Century CURES Act mandates the use of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for in-home visits for home care and personal care visits which is a critical tool to combat potential improper payments and gaps in care commonly seen in this industry.

Section 12006 of the bill requires an EVV solution be put into place for all Medicaid-provided personal care services and home health services prior to Jan 1, 2019 to avoid a tiered penalty in FMAP funding. System requirements listed within the EVV requirements listed within the bill state the following must be verified:

  • Date of Service
  • Location of Service
  • Individual providing service
  • Type of Service
  • Individual receiving services; and
  • Time the service begins and ends.

Although this is a good start to ensure the care and safety of the members, we look forward to contributing to the best practice conversation with response to EVV that will soon begin taking place with the Secretary of Health and Human Services for dissemination no later than January 1, 2018.

Learn more about the benefits of designing your own EVV system and ensure your members are getting the service they deserve.