I have 13 years experience as a NICU/PICU nurse. I most recently have been working per diem in the hospital and was thinking about supplementing with home care. I have hesitated bc I have not heard great things about the companies in my area (MA). Recently my name was brought up to a former family in our NICU who is looking for private duty home care nurses as they have been also unhappy with the agencies and nurses they are using.
I have been doing lots of research but still am a bit lost as where to begin so I cover both myself and the family legally and financially. I would like to establish myself as an independant private duty nurse. I do not need health insurance or benefits.
I have seen that the important steps are..
-establish a contract with the family ( i actually believe the mother is a lawyer)
-obtain a tax ID
-cover myself with malpractice insurance
-obtain a NPI
-obtain a medicare provider #
Can anyone elaborate more on the above steps and what else I need to be thinking of?
I have several questions...
- Is this even worth it? Is it feasible legally or a big headache?
- Can the family pay out of pocket and I still be covered as a RN if I do the above steps? The nurse who talked to them about me made it seem as though they just wanted to avoid agencies and pay privately. Anything else i need to cover myself if this is the case?
- If they want to try to use their private insurance, can I bill with all private health insurances? Or only with medicare/medical?
- Does anyone know of any good resourses for me to get started.... I will be working in Massachusetts
Any tips, thoughts or advice would be GREATLY appreciated.