Non-licensure states

  1. Anyone have a listing or resource of states that do not require a license to practice as a home health agency?

    Thanks.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Almost every single one does, especially if you are planning on government reimbursment of any type.................you definitely need it..........
  4. by   theking
    If almost every state requires a license, then by default, some states do not.

    The question was: Does anyone know where to find a list of those states that do not require a license to practice as a home health agency?

    Thanks anyway.
  5. by   theking
    Also, I think you are confusing licensure with certification.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    What do you mean by licensure? In Illinois - the Dept of Professional Regulation licenses home care agencies. BTW why would you not want to be licensed? Just curious.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from traumaRUs
    What do you mean by licensure? In Illinois - the Dept of Professional Regulation licenses home care agencies. BTW why would you not want to be licensed? Just curious.
    I don't want to know but I wouldn't want to work or receive care there.
  8. by   theking
    Most states require a licence to practice home care - some do not.

    I just haven't been able to locate a list of those that do not.
  9. by   suzanne4
    You will have a very large problem getting malpractice insurance for your company and without it you cannot function. Also not be ablt to receive thrid party reimbursment.

    Are you a nurse?
  10. by   theking
    I'm sorry I posted here. Suzanne4, let me educate you a bit.

    1. Home health agencies do not carry malpractice insurance, they carry professional liability insurance and being licensed to provide home health has no bearing on whether your corporation is insurable or not.

    2. Every state requires an individual to have a nursing license from your state board of nursing - not every state requires a company or an individual to have a "home health" license (from a state regulatory body - i.e. department of health.) For example, I could open an ambulatory infusion suite (i.e. Alliance, Healix) and because I am not providing care in the patient's home or representing myself as "home health" I am not required to have that facility licensed. As I stated, some states do not require you to have a license in order to represent your company as a provider of "home health"

    3. Being a licensed home care agency also has no bearing on third party payers. You cannot bill Medicare unless you are "certified" but If I am a home health corporation in a state that does not require a home health license, the managed care companies would not require the corporation to hold a license, because the state does not offer a license.

    I am a nurse.

    I'm tired of this thread already.
  11. by   Monica RN,BSN
    WOW... not trying to dig things up from the graveyard of old threads, but this original poster seemed very rude... I can't imagine....
  12. by   theking
    Quote from Monica RN,BSN
    WOW... not trying to dig things up from the graveyard of old threads, but this original poster seemed very rude... I can't imagine....
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    By the way ... still no one seems to grasp a very simple question.
  13. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Quote from theking
    Just to prove that I am not rude ...
    I hope the chutes open

    By the way ... still no one seems to grasp a very simple question.

    Thanks... We hope they open too... Sorry, did not mean to seem so judgemental here... It just seemed very harse how the responses came across..
    I personally have never heard of a non-licensure state for HHA unless you were going to only accept private pay. It appears on www.cms.gov that all agencies regardless of state have to have a license to be reimbursed my Medicare or Medicaid.

    Though it would be time comsumig, the only way I think you could know for sure is to do an internet search on HHA requirements under each state until you find what you are looking for.

  14. by   hoolahan
    Well, I'm not able to answer your original question theking, but I am smart enough to google a list of resources for you.

    http://www.carescout.com/resources/h..._resources.htm

    Perhaps after you finish your research, you can come back here and share your findings with us morons?
    Last edit by hoolahan on Nov 21, '04

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