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be coordinated and supervised by the home health care provider. These requirements vary depending on the provider offering the services, so ask the provider and your doctor what to expect. *not all agencies provide all services Medical Home Health Agencies are required to be licensed and inspected by the State of Florida. Caregivers are required to have a background check either through AHCA or FDLE. NURSE REGISTRIES Nurse registries arrange for nurses (RNs, LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Home Health Aides (HHA), or homemakers/ companions to provide services to patients in their home or place of residence. Each individual health care worker is contracted with the registry. Nurse Registries provide nursing care or homemaker/companion services, but they are not licensed to provide physical, occupational, respiratory, speech or IV therapy or medical equipment services. They must be licensed by the State of Florida and caregivers are required to have a background check either through AHCA or FDLE. HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Products range from respirators, wheelchairs and walkers, to catheter and wound care supplies. These providers deliver and, install products as well as instruct patients on their proper in-home use. These providers usually do not provide physical care for patients. Some offer pharmacy and infusion services, where a nurse administers medication and nutritional formulas to patients and teaches them the proper techniques for self-administration. Some providers also offer respiratory therapy services. Providers that bill the Medicare program are required to meet federal minimum standards. Each provider is liable for its personnel and the services provided to patients. Providers must be licensed by the State of Florida by AHCA. INDEPENDENT HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS Although not administered by AHCA, an individual health care professional may provide health care services in the home, within the scope of his or her state license or registration and/or training. Health care professionals can include registered nurses (RNs); licensed practical nurses (LPNs); physical, occupational, respiratory, and speech therapists; certified nursing assistants (CNAs); home health aides; and homemakers/ companions. If you employ an independent health care professional, you should ask who will be responsible to pay household employment, income withholding and unemployment taxes. If he or she does not pay these taxes, you may be required to pay. More Info Online PolkElderCare.com More on Home Care: • Need to Find an Agency? • Printable “Questions to Ask” Worksheet 38 www.PolkElderCare.com


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