Starting a Home Care Agency or Home Care Business to meet this great demand for in-home care can be a rewarding business enterprise. A Home Care Business offers helpful services for needing people, especially the elderly. Initially it is very important to understand the distinction between starting a medical skilled home health agency versus a non-medical home care agency. Medical skilled home health businesses as the name implies, administer skilled licensed nursing and rehab therapy services under physician’s orders with strict guidelines imposed.
Medical home health agencies require extensive licensures that could include Medicare and Medicaid Certifications. Basically non-medical home care services include personal care, assistance with daily living activities, meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation. Such services are often vital for folks to remain safe and comfortable in their homes. Private pay rather than 3rd party billing sources are the most common form of payment for non-medical care. Your next decision is whether to start a home care business on your own or team up with a home care franchise. By choosing a Franchise company you will be subject to franchise fees and must abide by a franchise operating agreement. This includes re-occurring franchise fees and territory restrictions. Starting a home care business on your own will have lower start-up costs and right to provide services in all counties permitted in which your state license allows. Please call us so that we may answer all your questions and provide a detailed overview of how to open your own home health care business
Starting a home care business can be a grueling process. The very first step in this process is to identify what type of home care business you would like to start.
In most cases, a non-medical personal care business offering personal care and companion care services will be your ideal starting point. This type of home care business, in most states, will require very little overhead to start. When possible, you want to start a personal care home care business as opposed to a Companion Care Business. A personal care home care business allows you to touch your patient which means you can bathe your patient and assist with other hands on daily living activities. In some states, starting a companion care business may make better sense due to staff or capitalization requirements. Call and speak to any of our six licensing specialists we have available. They can provide you with all the information you need to make a smart decision.
When you become a 21st Century Health Care Consultants client, your agency will be a patient referral source for the nation’s only Home Health Care Discount program.
21st Century Health Care Consultants is proud to announce a partnership with AON / Affinity. Forming the nation’s only Home Health Care Discount service program. This program will provide discounts on home health care services and will be offered to over 25 million of AON / Affinity clients enrolled in their health care insurance programs. Patient opportunities for Home Health care services will be provided by clients of 21st Century Health Care Consultants.
This program is presently being test piloted in the state of Florida. It will be soon offered in Texas, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.
Another option is to open a Private Duty Home Health Care Business. The goal of a Private Duty Health Home Care Agency is to provide services to the ill and elderly population, helping clients live independently at home. This type of Home Health Care Business can provide services such as skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work services as well as non-medical personal and companion care services (services may differ according to your state). Those that chose to open a Private Duty Home Health Care Agency will be funded through working with Insurance companies, government funded programs and private pay patients. Private duty Home Care Agencies also provide home care aides, companion care, and homemaker services. For more information about opening a Private Duty Home Health Care Business in your state, please contact us.
Another option is to start a skilled care Home Health Care Business. This type of home health care business will allow you to provide skilled nursing services, physical, occupational, speech therapy services and medical social worker services.This type of home care business can be extremely profitable. It requires a skilled staff and capitalization requirements that is not required with a non-medical personal care home care business. Another difference is that a home health care business can achieve Medicare Accreditation and be able to bill for providing services to medicare patients. The process of Medicare Accreditation requires an agency to complete a three day Medicare survey. The survey will be an audit of the agency’s operations and minimum of ten patient clinical records. For more information about this process and Medicare’s capitalization requirements,call and speak to any of our six clinicians.
You may want to consider in opening a Hospice Home Care Business. All that are involved in Hospice care share a similar vision that no one is ordinary. Life and death hold the possibilities of extraordinary beginnings and endings. Improving the quality of life for those with progressive, advanced or terminal illnesses requires highly developed skills. In addition, a sustainable business model within a positive organizational culture is essential. Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families. Patients are referred to hospice when life expectancy is approximately six months or less. Hospice care can continue longer than six months if needed but requires physician certification. Hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare for patients with a prognosis of six months or less. A patient can remain in hospice care beyond six months if a physician re-certifies that the patient is terminally ill. Call us for more information about opening a Hospice Home Care Business or attending our Heart for Hospice Conferences.
For more information about opening your own Hospice Home Care Business please visit us at www.hospiceconsulting-services.com.
21st Century Health Care Consultants will help you identify which business opportunity is right for you and help you start your home care business or home health care business from the ground up. We also offer hands on assistance with home health care accreditation to achieve CHAP Private Duty or CHAP Medicare Accreditation for your home health care business.
Home Health Care Accreditation Services
About Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) Private Duty Accreditation and Chap Medicare Accreditation
Why do Home Health Care Business’s chose the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Private Duty Accreditation and Chap Medicare Accreditation? Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice and home medical equipment services to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards. The Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) Accreditation process will provide credibility with government and third-party payers, the ability to develop your true competitive edge, better business plan, more effective and efficient operations, stronger risk management strategies, reduction in incidents, accreditation allows you to raise your standards of excellence and be a health care leader in your community, accredited to work with all HMO Providers, remain compliant work with all hospitals and avoid the possible changes in FUTURE state regulations. Our consultants have been CHAP Certified and are available to answer any of the questions you have in regard to the CHAP Accreditation processes.
About Home Health Care Business Accreditation Services and Medicare Accreditation. There are two types of Home Care accreditation available for Home care businesses. The first is for Personal Care/Private Duty Home health Care Business. There are many benefits of this type of accreditation. The major benefits are patient resource opportunities. In almost all cases a Home Care Business is required to be accredited in to be qualified to work with HMO Providers, Insurance providers, Third party payers and remain compliant work with all hospitals. Another option for a home health care business is to consider Medicare Accreditation. This is the most sort after type of accreditation allowing a Home Health Care Business to bill Medicare for their services as well as having all the additional patient resource benefits associated with a Private duty type of accreditation. Please call us and speak to any of our six registered nurse consultants about the various accrediting bodies (CHAP, ACHC, and Joint Commission) and their requirements.
Home Care Agency Directory
Our Exclusive Patient Referral Program
This website is designed to provide patient referrals for our clients only. It provides a home health care resource guide for patients in need of home care services throughout the country. This website recognizes the Home Health Care Agencies that we have established who have the very best of management and clinical operations. Their accomplishments are the result of 21st Century Health Care Consultants professional team and comprehensive training programs provided by 21st Century Home Care University. Your agency must first complete our standards of excellence program and then you will be eligible to appear in this directory.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Healthcare Acquisitions Group (HCAG) is a merger and acquisition advisory firm that provides comprehensive and specialized services to individuals and companies wanting to sell, merge, or buy an existing healthcare organization located nationwide.
For more information about purchasing or selling a Home Care agency please visit us at www.healthcareacquisitionsgroup.com/.
Medicaid Waiver Network
Is your agency considering the opportunities for patient referrals that can be provided through Medicaid Waiver Programs?
Did you know that Medicaid waiver programs typically have minimum startup fees and can be an excellent source of revenue?
Medicaid Waiver Programs vary by state. Our clinical team has over twenty years of experience with state specific Medicaid waiver programs. We know what every state offers. We can explain to you the benefits of enrollment with each and every Medicaid waiver program. Your states offers a variety of services under the HCBS and LTLS services. They includes medical and non-medical Home Community Base Services and Long Term Living Supports services.
For more information about Medicaid waiver programs in your state please visit us at www.medicaidwaivernetwork.com.
We are experts in helping Home Health Care Agencies and Hospice Agencies successfully deal with pre-payment medical reviews through the Additional Document Request or Additional Development Request (“ADR”) process.
For more information about ADR’s please visit us at www.medicareadrconsultants.com
About our Home Health Care Consulting Company
During its existence, 21st Century Health Care Consultants has successfully helped establish and helped obtain home care licensing and home care accreditation for more than 1000 Home Health Care businesses. 21st Century Health Care Consultants have assisted clients in the establishment of such home care businesses in all states that do not require a certificate of need (meaning the state is not accepting new license applications). We pride ourselves in our ability to complete state Home Health Care license applications, Medicare applications quickly, without error. We successfully prepare our clients for their home care license inspections and Medicare Accreditation surveys. In our long history, we have never had a Home Health Care business fail to obtain its state license or home health care accreditation.
Today 21st Century Health Care Consultants has 23 full time employees located at its Florida headquarters. During its existence, 21st Century has obtained licensure and accreditation for over 1000 health care organizations. We have assisted clients in the establishment of such Home Care Businesses in 43 of the 50 states.
Unlike most companies who offer diluted consulting in many different areas, we offer and pride ourselves at being the best in this one area of “Medicare, Medicaid and Private Duty Accreditation Preparation and Certification”.
Just ask any one of our clients and they will tell you that everything we do is customized for each individual agency in compliance with Federal, State and Medicare requirements.
Our Home Care Business Startup Program
21st Century Health Care Consultants will prepare you for home care business ownership the very first time you speak with them. From understanding the licensure process, to the startup expenses required to start a home care business in your state. 21st Century Health Care Consultants know what it take to become a licensed home care business in your state. After your very first conversation with 21st Century Health Care Consultants you understand: license requirement in your state, how to become licensed, staff requirements, office requirements, and the many tools you will need to operate as a successful home care business.
21st Century Health Care Consultants offer a home care business startup program that is second to no other home care consultant or home care franchise. 21st Century Health Care Consultants have been in business for more than 20 years we have assisted more than a thousand home care businesses throughout the United States. Our home care consultants are a team of fulltime employees, all specializing in the field of home care and home care business startup.
Home Care License
21st Century Care Health Care Consultants will complete your state home care business license application and prepare all of the forms and documents required for home care licensure in your state.
21st Century Care Health Care Consultants understands what is required for home care business licensure in your state. Every state is different, it is important that the home care business consultants you choose to work with understands the process in your state. We know what your state site surveyor will be looking for, exactly what that site surveyor wants to see in your home care policies and procedures and how to start a home care business that is both successful and profitable. You will become a licensed home care business in your state and have the largest home care business consultant in the industry backing your home care business for the lifetime of your home care business.
For more information about licensing requirements for your state please visit us at www.homehealthcarelicensing.com.
Home Care Policies and Procedures
21st Century Care Health Care Consultants will prepare Civil Rights Package, customized home care business policies, admission packet, human resource documents, capital expenditures budget, strategic plan, outcome based quality improvement and literally every other home care form and document required to operate your home care business. You may not realize it now, but everything is riding on your state specific, customized home care policy and procedure manuals.
For more information about policies and procedures for your home care business please visit us at www.homehealthmanuals.com.
Home Care Business Branding and Marketing
21st Century Care Health Care Consultants will provide you with a personalized website that is customized for your home care business. Text, images, colors are all customized to meet your goals and to help build your brand.
Our home care business consultants will also customized and provide your home care business with other essential marketing pieces such as brochures and business cards (1000 HQ glossy copies of each).
Home Care Business Training
21st Century Care Health Care Consultants will be with you every step of the way coaching and training your staff. Our home care business training program is available to your home care business and its employees for the life of your home care business. There is no limit as to how often you or your employees can attend 21st Century Care Health Care Consultants home care business training seminar.
Our home care business training seminars include three, eight hour days of training. Our skilled home care (Medicare) business training seminars include five, eight hour days of training. Our Heart for Hospice training conferences include three, eight hour days of training. All training programs are designed to teach you and your staff how to operate the home care business, patient charting , complete and accurate documentation, understand day to day operations, how to bill clients, how to identify patient resources, how to approach and market to the many patient resources in your community and how to sustain success once it is achieved. Our home care business training is ideal for owners, operators, nurses, administrators. Also offered are ICD 10 training courses as well as specialty programs in the areas of home infusion services, Pediatrics Program, Psych Therapy Program, Wound Care Program, Rehabilitative Services and Care Management Program.
For more information about training for your home care business please visit us at www.homecareuniversity.net.
Contact 21st Century Care Health Care Consultants
Call 21st Century Care Health Care Consultants to find out how long this process takes in your state and what you will need to get started. We have all of the answers. Call us today and make your dream of starting a home care business a reality.