Starting a home care/ home health agency
- 1May 31, '07 by eligraceI am an LPN and I want to start a home care/ home health and PRN staffing agency. Any ideas where to start?
- 0Sep 25, '07 by pedsnurze1Quote from eligracesorry I don't but let me know what you find out I'm also interested and I'll do the same for you. I'm thinking maybe looking into SBA small business associationI am an LPN and I want to start a home care/ home health and PRN staffing agency. Any ideas where to start?
- 0Sep 25, '07 by elkparkOne place to start would be your state agency that licenses/regulates healthcare agencies & services (hospitals, LTCs, home health, etc.) It's called something different in every state, but it's usually a division of your state Department of Health and Human Services (or whatever that's called in your state ). They would be able to tell you if you qualify, professionally, to operate such a service, what kind of state license you would need (and how to get it), and what requirements and regulations you would have to meet.
- 3Oct 23, '07 by underpaidrnQuote from eligraceIt is extremely difficult to start a home health agency. There are many rules and regulations you need to follow, not to mention a $50,000 surety bond and heavy insurance. As an LPN, you could not be in charge of your agency. You would have to hire an RN to be the administrator. Also, if you are going for Medicare/Medicaid certification, you must take 7 active patients for FREE until the Medicare people show up for your initial survey. This includes paying all of your staff, medical supplies, etc. It's a very costly venture to start up. I would first start with your state's licensing agency to get a copy of the rules and regs you need to follow. Next step would be to hire competent staff, which you will have to pay out of pocket since you will have no income for a while. I wish you the best of luck. I've started three of them from scratch and it's a LOT of hard work. :spin:I am an LPN and I want to start a home care/ home health and PRN staffing agency. Any ideas where to start?
- 0Oct 25, '07 by ColetteFLIn addition to underpaid's comments, I would add the following:
if you don't want to offer skilled nursing, it is a much easier venture. People need companions and care-givers, and (in Florida anyway), you don't need to be licensed to do that. You *can* oversee caregivers as an LPN.
Also, Medicare is changing the rules of payment to HH agencies in January (called PPS), and many agencies will go under or have to cut back; it's going to be difficult for a lot of people/agencies.
Good luck on your venture, whatever you decide to do!
- 0Sep 13, '08 by Agency in ProgressCan someone catch me up to speed on whether or not you are required to have a RN if you plan to only do unskilled care? Will they have to open the cases for you? Do they have to be the one to go and do the visits every 30,60,90 days for insurance purposes in regards to the patients needs and if they still meet requirements? I have worked for a homehealth agency where we had skilled clients which were under the supervision of a RN but if the agency is strictly for unskilled laborers would a RN be necessary?
- 0Sep 13, '08 by momnmotnI have A friend,who by the way is A LPN of many,many years anyway, she got upset at her job, and decided to start, a home heath agency. At first, she only took two pts. private pay, I helped her out, she did however, hire a RN we knew, because you will, need an RN . This company has turned out, to be such a sucess she has about 75 or more licensed Nurses and many more, CNAS. She now has 3 locations for offices, in Indiana . If you search the web, for opening ,HHC ,you can purchase, books to help. I know the difficult part, is knowing, the rules and regs. But, I know it is, very possible . Good luck.
- 0Sep 14, '08 by Agency in ProgressMomnmotn,
Thank you for the response. Do you think there is a chance that I could actually speak with her or you by way of email or phone? I am in Tennessee in the Bristol area so trade secrets wont affect her. If you are interested in maybe consulting me for a few minutes, I would greatly appreciate that.
Hope to hear from you soon.