Ohio Independent Providers

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    I was wondering if there were any nurses who were independent providers thru Ohio homecare and if they were having much success with it. I got my medicaid provider number a few months ago but had a hard time finding clients(consumers). I have recently applied for the HomeChoice program where the case managers send you clients and the visits are intermittent. Would love to chat with anyone currently doing either of these programs. Thanks!

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    I have been an Ohio Independent Provider for several years. It can be very difficult and frustrating trying to find a consumer(s) in your area. I am sure you are aware of the Ohio Home Care request for service page that lists consumers in your area. Most listings in my area seem to be for aides or a PCA. Over the years, I have tried numerous ways to try and find a case, but have had little success. From what I understand, the case managers do not assist consumers in finding a IP nurse. Consumers who want to hire IP nurses instead of agency nurses have to find a IP nurse(s) themselves. The case managers do not help them find a IP nurse....not sure if they are not permitted, but will call the agencies for consumers.
    You can try posting on craigslist in your area, but I have had no success listing there or on any other lists. I have seen consumers list on there under healthcare jobs looking for a IP nurse, but they were always too far of a distance for me to travel or the hours were not what I was looking for.

    I have talked with other IP nurses who also signed up for the Home Choice program where the case managers send you consumers, but they have had little success, and many have had no referrals.

    Currently, I am looking for another means of employment.
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    Hi Katnursey-

    Thanks for your reply. I didn't realize it is so difficult to find consumers. I gues most are going with agencies as opposed to independent providers. Take care.
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    Hi there! I have been an independent provider since June. I have to say I'm not enjoying it so far It is true that a LOT of listings are for PCAs on the ohcp website. I have had some less than stellar experiences to put it mildly and I've only been an independent provider since June. I would enjoy visits MUCH more than private duty, I think. I would like the variety and flexibility of home care visits. I am currently working toward getting my RN and I'm hoping to have more opportunities then. However, I'm terrified about not being able to find a job as an RN because of the apparently over-saturated nursing market. I know being an independent provider will be a possibility whether I'm an LPN or an RN, but I'm just not happy being a private duty nurse right now. I hope things get better for you! I wish you the best of luck.

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    I did a back ground check 3 weeks ago i payed 32 dollars and everything was good for my ip number and i havent recieved it yet and its now week four does it really take that long to recieve the ip number from the state to become a independent provider thanks.
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    Yes, it can take a while to get your IP number in the mail. However, you can call them and they will give you the number over the phone.
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    i have been an lpn for nearly 6 years...in the beginning, every nursing home i would apply to would say, "how soon can u start?!" that was the whole reason i did this lpn thing because i would always have a job, always have options....the baby boomers are retiring, the geriatric population is the largest in history...who is going to take care of all these people?! "Why i am!" i thought...i would be able to pick and choose...

    well, it's six years later...i have been looking for a job for 8 months, i have been on unemployment for 6 months...i am flabbergasted that this is happening...nursing was supposed to be recession proof...i have a nursing license, a skill, a trade...but here i am, begging for a job...like it's the great depression...i've gone bankrupt and had to sell a lot of items it took me years to acquire...now they are all up for auction on ebay to get extra money for groceries and gas..

    anyway, the aforemention story is the reason i am interested in the independent provider thing, but i don't know where to start..
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    This is your starting point if you are in Ohio. http://www.ohiohcp.org/provider/enrollment.html
    If you need any help or have questions, I will try to answer them.
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    I've been working as an Ohio IP for about 7 years. I've had little difficulty finding cases. I check the MyOhioHCP site regularly when looking for cases and have had Case Managers that I've worked with in the past contact me to see if I am interested in a particular case or visit. I also have had previous supervisors let me know when they need help on a case. Developing relationships with other IP's has been instrumental in getting cases. It might be the area you're located in or perhaps how far you are willing to travel that is making it difficult to find cases.
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    Thank you for that. Do you find it at all difficult to keep the amount of hours you need. I have been in a nursing home for a little while now, and finding out that it's not for me. I need to get back to making my own schedule again. I would really like to do this, but I can't without some type of stability. Also are these all short visits, assessments? Are any of these cases needing several hours at a time? What kind of pay can I expect for an LPN?

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