Published Aug 1, 2009
I am new to this, and I want to thank everyone in advance for reading my post.
I am a student and I live in Florida. My ultimate dream is to have my own home health business. I realize that I need TONS of experience as a nurse before even considering this, and I plan to do just that, but first I need some advice. I will graduate in May 2010 as a RN, and I am trying to figure out what would be the best area to gain experience and skills that I would use in my business one day. I would love to go into home health, but unfortunately they do not hire new nurses. I think I like ICU, but I want to do what ever would be best for what I plan to do.
My next question is...how would one start a business of that nature? I plan to do LOTS of homework over the next couple of years, so I will be very prepared. Any info would be appreciated. Oh...I should tell you, I would like to have a Medicare/Medicaid approved business. I would be the licensed RN that would go into the homes, and maybe I would employee a LPN and definitely mostly CNAs. Any info would be MOST welcomed. Thank you, for all your insight. I look forward to reading your replies.
NurseKitten, MSN, RN
As wide of varied experiences as you can possibly have...
Certification as a case manager wouldn't hurt...
Have you gotten on the Florida Department of Health website to read about what the critieria for home health agencies and congregate care are?
Thank you so much for that website. Take care!
Some of it will depend on what part of Florida.If you are in Miami-Dade area it might be harder because of the amount of raud coming out of that area that is now affecting the medicare reimbursement rate starting 1-1-2010. It might be a good idea to wait until they close down and prosecute those agencies and nurses before opening, but definitely start the process because it will take awhile. I don't know about Florida if they are going to implent a regulation or if they already have it where you have to have 6 months of operating expenses in the bank before you are approved. Good Luck!
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