RN-Opening a home health agency for pregnancy care? Need direction..... RN-Opening a home health agency for pregnancy care? Need direction..... | allnurses

RN-Opening a home health agency for pregnancy care? Need direction.....

  1. 0 Any suggestions for a person who is just at the beginning of possibly establishing a home health care agency (I am looking into opening an agency that serves pregnant patients and does initial post partum/newborn visits)? Any opinions on hiring a home healthcare consultant (such as 21st Century Health Care Consultants) and what the estimated price would be to hire such a consultant? I just want to be able to establish the true "reality" that my agency idea would be successful (I live in a rural are in Arizona where no such services are available). I also need to find out if our state funded insurance would cover home visits, that I wouldn't run into "compete" problems with out local hospital facility (who also happens to be my employer), and how do I approach the local physician's to see what their interest level/support would be with these services???......HELP!
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  3. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    In my state, Medicaid covers skilled nursing visits with no prior authorization required. Agencies intending to bill Medicaid for their services must have a contract with them, however. Why would you run into "compete" problems with your local hospital if there are no services available in the area you intend to serve? Are most of the patients you intend to serve on Medicaid? If so, you need to become a Medicaid home nursing provider in order to be able to bill them. If you also want to bill private insurance companies, you need to secure contracts with each company.
  4. Visit  paradiseboundRN profile page
    #2 3
    I think this is more complicated than you think. I would hire a consultant.
  5. Visit  agardner2020 profile page
    #3 1
    How exciting... My only suggestion is to check with all the local agencies, Medicaid, Family Services ect. because I know that those agencies sometime provide the services. Maybe you could be a provider? Good luck and much happiness!
  6. Visit  salvadordolly profile page
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    My boss tells me you should have at least $50K for start-up and hire a consultant for your start-up. She owns the HHA and she said she almost went under at first until she hired a consultant. Would you be competing with a public health dept? they provide post-partum services as well. Good luck!
  7. Visit  sunnyazgirl profile page
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    salvadordolly - I have started to become quite "educated" on the start up costs (LOL). May I ask what HHA is that your boss owns? We don't have any "competition" (yet) at this time.....
  8. Visit  salvadordolly profile page
    #6 0
    We wouldn't be competition - we're in MIlwaukee, WI.
    Wow! NO competition? You gotta get on this!
  9. Visit  sunnyazgirl profile page
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    LOL - I know. I was curious to the know the name of the HHA you work for to see if you have a website or FB page at all. I am really interested in trying to educate myself on what other agencies offer.... Thanks for your input!