How to Obtain a License for a Home Care Business in Florida

By Andrea Townsley
Apply to open a home health care business in Florida

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Providing home health care services to patients in Florida has the potential for high profits. You may receive reimbursement from both private and public insurance while keeping expenses relatively low. Home nursing care agencies provide necessary services to patients after a hospital discharge or for elderly, homebound clients. Thus, there is a high demand for home care services in Florida due to the fact that the state is home to many retirees.

Fill out and file the applications required by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). These include the application for licensure (AHCA form 3110-1011 revised Oct 09), Financial Schedules (AHCA form 3110-0009 revised Oct 09), Affidavit of Good Moral Character for the Alternate Administrator (AHCA form 3110-0001 Oct 09) and Health Care Licensing Application Addendum (see Resources).

Submit any other forms AHCA requires of your agency. For example, if the administrator or financial officer has done a level 2 background check with fingerprints within the past five years, you must submit an Affidavit of Compliance with Background Screening (AHCA Form 3100-0008, Oct 09) to AHCA. Other items include zoning qualifications from your municipality, licenses for professional nurses and Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.

Gather your insurance coverage documents. This includes liability and malpractice. Submit these to AHCA with your application.

Pay the licensing fee of $1,705 when you submit your application.

Respond to any follow-up questions or notices from AHCA to help the process move along properly.

About the Author

Andrea Townsley has been a freelance writer since May 2008. Most of her work is published on eHow.com and Work.com. Townsley's interests include animals, gardening, real estate, medicine and health. She has owned several small businesses, and just finished her Bachelor of Science in psychology at University of Central Florida.

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