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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.

Part One:

Licensure In-process Requirements:
  • Register for the ACHC Accreditation Standards at
  • 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.

Part Two:

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.*

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  • “With other accreditors, we never felt like they were 100% there for us; some of them had their own agendas. With ACHC, we really felt that their services added value to our organization and we felt that their approach was both educational and supportive. We felt that it really did make a difference for us. I have recommended ACHC to many of my contacts because I felt that ACHC set itself apart from the standard accrediting bodies out there.”

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  • “I've had experiences with other accreditation bodies and this was much better and much more comfortable for companies like ours. It was done in a very friendly professional, easy-going manner. ACHC sends people who are ready to help us and willing to listen to us. The goal is to make us better and that's what we walked away with. We recommend ACHC to many others.”

    Resilience Home Health Corp.
    Elgin, IL
  • “This accreditation process was very smooth and educational. Our surveyor was wonderful. She was very kind and the staff felt very comfortable with her. She had some good insights which she shared with us during the entire survey. We could not have been more pleased.”

    Amedisys, Inc.
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • “Having been through numerous accreditations with various agencies, I can state without reservation, ACHC has been the most beneficial. Their surveyors have always been cordial and respectful of my staff, going out of their way to assure them ACHC was there to educate and guide us, not reprimand us. All of my expectations of a quality accrediting agency have been exceeded by ACHC, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

    Marc Leonard
    RCP Arcadia Healthcare
  • “I've been through accreditation before with other accreditors many times. And ACHC is an educational process versus an adversarial approach. I think this is what defines and separates ACHC from the others--this unique way of providing accreditation services. ACHC approaches this as a "real world" situation and that shows. ACHC is truly different from what's out there and I appreciated that.”

    Arcadia H.O.M.E.
    Winston-Salem, NC

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