Private Duty Licensing & Accreditation
What Is Private Duty Home Care?
For the past decade, Private Duty Home Care has been the fastest growing segment of healthcare in America. With the increase in need, desire for convenience, and a growing trend to age-in-place, owning a Private Duty Home Health Agency is an excellent business opportunity.
“Private Duty” is a broad term that encompasses all types of in-home care. The sky is the limit for programs an agency may offer. Niche programs may incorporate:
Goal Of Private Duty Care
The goal of Private Duty Care is to provide clients with services that will help the client remain in their home while receiving medical or non-medical care. Services may vary from specialized concierge services for select populations to help with activities of daily living to assist a person to live comfortably while enjoying an enhanced level of quality of life.
Skilled services may be provided by a nurse, dietician, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech therapist depending on the business model. Non-skilled care such as custodial care, companion care, and live-in care can be provided by well-trained caregivers such as CNA’s and Home Health Aides.
Who Pays For Private Duty?
Private Duty care is usually paid for by patient/family. Payment for Private Duty care may also be paid for by long-term-care-insurance, State Medicaid programs, and/or some Medicare Advantage programs (with proper contracts). Private Duty Home Care agencies can further enhance their services through acquiring a Medicare certification for the Home Infusion Therapy Services.
*Note that a Private Duty Agency requires licensing through the state. Agencies may also seek accreditation through ACHC, JC, and CHAP.
How We Can Help
Licensing and establishing a Private Duty Agency can be a complex and challenging. Considering licensing and regulatory requirements, a seasoned approach and guidance is money well-spent. With North Star Medical Consulting, ownership of an agency is made achievable.
As certified Private Duty and Home Health Consultants with decades of experience, we can guide owners through this process from the beginning and onward. The money spent on consulting is well-spent- saving time and avoidance of the pitfalls of ownership. There are no franchise fees, royalty’s, or hidden costs–you remain in control!