Homecare is a complex industry. Those in it know it all too well. If you want to start a homecare agency, then do your homework first. In addition, having help to navigate the playing field can make your journey a whole lot easier.
What Kind Of “Homecare” Do You Want:
Homecare tends to be the cookie cutter term for providing care within the home. However, there are multiple types of service lines. The type of service you want to provide determines your road map to start.
- Private Duty/ Homecare Services: These services are generally considered non-skilled. These are private pay services as well as those covered by certain contracts. Your local Area on Aging as well as the VA will provide home and community based services that are more for custodial care or maintenance care. Payment for services is normally an hourly or per-unit rate
- Skilled Home Health: These services are provided when a patient has recently been hospitalized or has had an exacerbation of illness. The patient requires the skill of professional services such as skilled nursing or physical/occupational therapy. A home health aide can provide personal care during this time, but skilled care is generally short-term. If your agency wants to bill Medicare for services, then you will need to become certified to do so. Payment for services is by episode of care or a per visit rate.
- Hospice: If your mission is the terminally ill, then hospice may be the type of homecare you want to provide. Payment for services is an all-inclusive daily rate. This is different than other homecare services.
You Know What Kind, But Don’t Know What Next:
This is where it can be really beneficial to invest in consultant services. You may need state licensure. You may not. And, you also need to adhere to both state and federal regulations. When you jump into a whole new realm like homecare, having someone who has done it all before can make each step of the way a whole lot easier. Consultants can get you through all your steps leading up to and through your survey and accreditation process. You need to hire and train staff, develop policy and procedures, admit and manage patient care. The thing is, you don’t need to start a homecare agency alone.
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