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Home Heath Care agency

TopKat Newbie
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Hello, I have been looking into starting my own heath care agency but one question that loomed is how does it take to get surveyed to get certified? I don't have much start up money only like 10k but if i have to hire a bunch of cna's for more than a month i will be outta  buiness quick. I am starting out of my home and live in Va if that helps any. Also alot of people say you should go to hospitals and clinics to kinda partner with them but what does that mean? Who do i go to talk to and what do i give them? I know i just go hand doctors my business cards do i ?

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    What sort of health care agency are you considering? Would this be a residential complex or a home health care program? As someone who used to work in the independent living field doing non-medical home health assistance, I can say that you will definitely need to get yourself and any employees CPR certified which can be done through any Red Cross, I believe. That's who came out and did that for us.

     

    However, licensing a company isn't quite as easy. Hopefully, this Virginia Department of Health website can point you in the right direction for whatever type of health care endeavor you are planning and help get you started.

     

     

    May your holiday be merry & bright and your 2012 even brighter!

     

    ~Moni

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    CorpCons08 Master
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    Moni brings up some good points. Health Care Agencies are not something to jump right into head first without first making sure there aren't any rocks in the water below. When dealing with customer's health, there is a lot of considerations. You want to be properly trained/certified, you want to make sure there is some kind of liability insurance in place to protect you and your personal assets, and you want to make sure you have malpractice insurance as well. I have worked with a lot of clients, and the healthcare industry is always the most delicate. One mistake could cost you severely.

     

    Regards,

     

    Dan

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      TopKat Newbie
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      Sorry, I should have said but I actually have my CNA and CPR certs... I have also have a B.S in Human sevices and so does my mother ( my partner in this venture),  Medical wise I am not worried as i  have been in this industry awhile, Buisness/money wise i am more concerned.

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        CorpCons08 Master
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        TopKat,

         

        There is more to starting a Health Care Agency that just having your CNA/CPR certifications. You could lose EVERYTHING, if one family member of a client decides that they feel you are not doing right. You need to plan and execute perfectly. Money issues can be worked out through lending and investments. I would suggest speaking more in-depth about this venture. If you want to reach out to me, my contact information is in my profile.

         

        Regards,

         

        Dan

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          Moderator_JoleK Master
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          Dan is right. Be very cautious. Know where your every step will land.  This is a good discussion. I look forward to more on the subject here in the community.

           

           

          Joleen

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          CorpCons08 Master
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          Source: wikipedia.org

           

          "A 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 75% of physicians in "low-risk" specialties and virtually 100% of physicians in "high-risk" specialties could expect to face a malpractice claim during their careers."

           

          Reading the above scares me. I have worked with many personal home healthcare agencies, traveling nurses, and even some medical offices throughout my career. The amount of insurance, legal forms, etc. is incredible. It is definitely not something that pops up overnight. It takes perfect planning and execution to protect yourself.

           

          Regards,

           

          Dan

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    EVA7777 Novice
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    If you are interested and truly motivated to start this type of service then I suggest you look into a franchise business. That way you have the security of their support and guidance through your start-up phase. They may also provide legal assistance if you do face a civil suit in the future. I also suggest that you speak to an Attorney on the subject to determine how you need to set up your entity to protect your assets before you begin. If you need any Bookkeeping or Accounting assistance in the future please contact me. Good luck and Blessings!

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    CorpCons08 Master
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    TopKat,

     

    We haven't heard from you in awhile.

     

    Did you continue on with this venture?

     

    Please keep us updated.

     

    Regards,

     

    Dan

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    Bridge Expert
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    Normally, you have to be up and running to be surveyed.  Bsed on how youd escribed your situation, getting suveyed would be cost prohibitive.  You may want to look into starting a non-medical homecare agency instead and exoand into clinical care down the road.

     

    Advatnages:

     

    1) Less licensures

    2) No government payors - usually private pay/cash which will make billing and collection easier

    3) Your clinical background/licensure will provide you a competitive advantage

     

    Did you plan of being a Medicare certified HHA and accpet Medicaid?  Billing can be a hassle and alos cause cash flow issues if you are not careful.

     

    You may want to consider purchasing a small agency which will give you positive cash floe from day one.

     

    Best of luck,

     

    Greg

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