How to start up home health care in community?

Anonymous Submission:

Dear Marcia

I work at a private owned clinic and am interested in offering home health care for our surrounding community and our patients that are about to have surgery.

Any information or suggestions where to look for information would be awesome. It just keeps getting more complex in the health care arena.

I am a licensed physical therapist in California.

Marcia's Answer:

I commend you for wanting to set up a home health care agency to serve your community. If you've ever seen the Grand Canyon and then actually hiked it you have a good idea of what it will be like to start your own home health care agency. It's a big job and then when you actually get into all the nitty gritty, it can be overwhelming. In my 15+ years of home care PT, I've seen most, if not all of the mom and pop agency's get swallowed up by the big dogs. Amedisys, Intrepid, Gentiva to name a few have the big money to do what it takes.

Having said that, as an entrepreneur myself, I wish you the best in your pursuit. To begin to grasp what is involved with a home care business, check out the Medicare website. There is a lot you have to know, do and keep up with... it's not a moonlighting endeavor - as you have guessed.

You need to have 7 clients, have three months of operating funds and steady revenue - those requirements may change in the future. That alone can knock you down as most of these patients will need physical therapy, occupational therapy, skilled nursing, home health aid and/or medical social worker. You will need to get state licensing and hire your employees, do background checks on them and accept insurance including Medicare.

You may want to consider starting your own cash practice. You won't have the headaches of running your own home health care agency.

Understand what patients are expecting from a home health physical therapist will help patients see your integrity and the quality of care you deliver!

Most home health practitioners can advertise with us.

You can be the first! We just started offering this service!

No matter what, be careful not to fall into the Home Health Lemons trap!

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