Home Care License in Alaska
Get your Alaska Home Care License. Learn what steps are necessary to achieve home care licensure in Alaska.
Get Your Home Care License in Alaska
Choose a name for your home care business that makes sense. A common issue with starting a home care business and getting it licensed is the choice in name. If you use words that relate to medical terminology it can hurt your ability to market and give consumers the wrong opinion about what services, your home care business is offering and can offer. Transparency is the best marketing strategy for your home care business. Be clear and concise on what you are trying to convey to the consumer (i.e. Using words like Health or Medical or services such as nursing or therapies). This can also cause issues with licensing your home care business further down the line and depicts that your business is not what it seems (Home Care and Home Health Care are not the same – If you would like to learn more about starting a home health care business or would like to know the difference between the two, call us today for more information.)
Make it unique! The constantly growing home care market is saturated with common names that use words such as: always, best, caring, first, and hands (to name a few). There are other barriers that can also prevent you from registering your name. As with many great ideas, there is a chance someone thought of it first. Names that are matching other business names cannot be registered and names that are too alike can also be rejected. Researching to see if the name is available is always required and this is done with a search on the Alaska Secretary of State website.
Deciding the best option for your home care business taxation is a huge decision. People often work with consulting firms, attorneys, or accountants to best suit the needs of the home care business. The way you register your home care business will also determine filing fees and other annual costs that will be required to make sure your home care business stays in good standing.
Create a brightly lit path that can help you pave the way to success by knowing the ins and outs of what to expect when your dream becomes your reality. Otherwise, it may turn into a nightmare. Researching the market and determining that there is a need for your type of home care business can seem overwhelming. That’s when utilizing a home care business consultant might become a good idea.
There are many barriers to entry. The agency owners and relative staff must pass a background check. There are fees associated with the formation of the agency and licensing. Researching the census and local competition. Determining your pay sources is important as well, determining referral sources, etc. Furthermore, your home care business must have enough capital to get the business started and run it for at least 6 months.
Secretary of State Formation, Statement of Information, Employer Identification Number, State Tax ID, and a National Provider Identification number will be needed to get your home care business started. You will need a tangible address to start the agency (P.O. Boxes are not acceptable). This is where a little help from a home care business consultant will come in handy. We do all of this for you.
The State of Alaska requires the following for home care licensure in Alaska:
The State of Alaska requires that the business be covered by both General/Professional liability, Workman’s Compensation.
To start your home care business, you will need to apply for your home care license in Alaska. The state application is a home health application without nursing services. There will be a pre-license survey that will take place before a license will be issued. Initial licensure can take up to 6 months.
Home Health License:
This license will require an application with home care policies and procedures will need to be compiled and sent to the Alaska Department of Health with a fee of $1,000. Alaska also requires an Administrator and Alternately qualified individual to run the home care business. There are very specific requirements for this person:
(A) A qualified administrator is:
(l) A licensed physician, registered nurse, or college graduate with a undergraduates’ degree; or
(B) The administrator and supervisory nurse may be the same individual if the individual is dually qualified.
(C) The administrator must identify in writing an individual who is qualified and authorized to act on behalf of the administrator when the administrator is not available.
Registered Nurse Supervisor:
Employ a supervisory nurse who is a registered nurse and who has at least one (1) year home health experience. The supervisory nurse must be available during the normal hours of operation.
Researching the correct Alaska regulations is a must when starting this process of applying for your license in Alaska.
This is not an easy task, professional assistance will most likely be required in order to navigate the process and keep the business running smoothly. Our home care license and home care business startup consultants can help. Call us today.
The county or township may have specific requirements that need to be met with an application for a local license to conduct business in that area. Having an optimal location and the proper office set is important. Make sure all the proper licenses are in a conspicuous area.
Your home care business will need staff in order to open its doors and in the case of Alaska the key staff/managers need to be identified in the initial application process. Hiring the staff and making sure they get paid is an important part of starting your home care business. This process can be done by the home care business owners or a professional equipped to handle these situations. The state of Alaska has very specific laws associated with being an employer. This can make or break the agency if they do not follow the letter of the law.
Alaska Resources for Starting your Home Care Business
What are you waiting for? Get started on your home care license in Alaska today!
Call us today to get started on your Alaska home care license application. Ask us how we can help you start your home care business. We do the work for you!