Attention Florida Home Health Providers Seeking Licensure:
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) now requires Accreditation before issuing state licenses to Home Health Providers.
In the state of Florida, AHCA now requires that Home Health & Private Duty providers become accredited before issuing a license. To meet this new regulation, in addition to CMS Regulations, ACHC conducts a two-part accreditation survey process.
AHCA will not accept an application for licensure without proof that the provider is in-process with ACHC. You will receive an in-process letter from ACHC when the Licensure In-process Requirements (see below) have been completed and submitted to ACHC. You are not considered in-process with ACHC until you receive the in-process letter from your ACHC Account Advisor.
Licensure In-process Requirements:
- Register for the ACHC Accreditation Standards at achc.org.
- Submit a completed ACHC Application.
- Submit a completed Preliminary Evidence Report (PER).
- Submit a $1500 deposit.
After receiving an in-process letter from ACHC, submit your application for licensure to the state of Florida. ACHC has 120 days from that date on the in-process letter to complete your licensure survey.
The state of Florida requires a provider to achieve full accreditation to be approved for a Home Health license. ACHC will grant a one-year accreditation for your business if the first survey results in an approval decision.
A one day, announced, survey will be conducted to review the company’s policies, procedures, state requirements, OSHA requirements, etc.
If the standards are met, ACHC will then notify the provider and the state of Florida in writing of the one year accreditation.
Acquire minimum patient caseload: 10 served, 7 active.
If seeking Initial Medicare Certification, the agency must complete and submit the signed Initial Medicare Certification Checklist with the appropriate requirements. Examples of requirements are, a copy of the OASIS Final Validation Report of the test transmission, and the CMS 855 application approval letter.
The survey will be conducted 3-6 months after your Account Advisor has been notified in writing that the agency has acquired the necessary patient counts and completed all requirements on the Initial Medicare Certification Checklist (if applying for Initial Medicare Certification).
An unannounced survey will be conducted. If this survey results in an approval decision, the provider will be granted accreditation for three years.
**If any of the requirements from Part Two have not been completed, the second survey will not be conducted and the provider’s accreditation will expire after the first year of accreditation.**
*For the Change of Ownership Process in Florida please contact an ACHC Home Health Account Advisor.*
Contact ACHC today at (855) 937-2242 or firstname.lastname@example.org