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How to Start a Medicare Home Health Program
How to Start a Medicare Home Health Program


When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm / 8:00 am Check-In
Where: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center (Evergreen Hall)
11411 Masonic Home Drive
Bloomington, Minnesota  55437
United States
Allison Kindseth

Phone: 651-635-0923

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Program Description

If you are considering starting a Medicare home care agency or have just opened a new agency, you’ll find the tools and resources to do so in this comprehensive one-day Medicare start-up workshop. Our SEVEN veteran faculty members will cover:

  • Everything you need to know about the Minnesota Department of Health; including the initial application process, website navigation, & resources available to you as a new agency
  • The legal structure of the business
  • Financial preparation for opening the business
  • Operations & staffing
  • State and Federal home care rules & regulations
  • Preparation for state survey and the survey process
  • Marketing your business

Plus, as an ADDITIONAL BONUS we will end the day with an interactive panel discussion with all faculty members. An excellent opportunity to get all your questions answered!


TARGET Audience

Comprehensive licensed home care agencies looking to obtain Medicare certification; recently Medicare certified agencies; and investors.


Registration Fee
MHCA Member Rate
Non-Member Rate

*On-Site registrations are subject to an additional $50.00 fee per registrant (space permitting).


Learning Objectives
  • Identify the Medicare Conditions of Participation as the regulatory foundation for home health operations.
  • Describe the clinical processes to achieve Medicare certification.
  • Identify the steps to prepare for the initial survey.
  • Identify the options when considering a variety of business entity structures, including benefits and fallbacks associated with selecting each entity.
  • Learn entity formation requirements and process for the most common entities.
  • Form strategies behind selecting a specific business model, including discovering the model that affords the best protection for the business and you personally.
  • Learn how to prepare the budget (including information on setting rates and billing for services)
  • Learn some of the basics of home care licensing, along with the requirements and process for becoming Medicare certified.
  • Learn how to navigate the Minnesota Department of Health website and successfully complete the application paperwork.


Workshop Agenda

8:00 a.m.     Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.     Program Starts
12:20 p.m.   Lunch
4:30 p.m.     Adjourn


Connie Dreyer, MSN, RN, Home Care Consultants

Connie is an experienced home care nurse and administrator. With over 30 years of home care experience, she has worked in clinical, leadership and regulatory roles. Her background spans assisted living, private duty and Medicare-certified agencies. Her primary areas of focus are home care development, systems management, program development and evaluation, leadership, quality improvement, orientation and education, policy development, funding and regulatory compliance. She is also a part-time surveyor for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and serves on the faculty of Bethel University, teaching in their degree completion program.


Shellae Dietrich, Certification Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health

Shellae has 27 years’ experience working in the Licensing and Certification Division of the Minnesota Department of Health. Shellae works with all Medicare certified agencies/facilities in the state of Minnesota. This includes Home Health Agencies, Medicare certified Hospice Providers, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, End Stage Renal Dialysis Suppliers, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, etc. Her areas of expertise include initial Medicare certification, change of ownerships, certification changes and providing certification updates to facilities/agencies.


Maria King, RN/APM, Licensing & Certification Program, Minnesota Department of Health

Ms. King is a registered nurse and the Assistant Program Manager for the Licensing and Certification Section for the Minnesota Department of Health in the Health Regulation Division. Ms. King has worked with MDH for nearly 24 years. Throughout her years of service, she has surveyed several health care providers including Home Health Agencies. Ms. King has oversite and supervisory responsibilities for survey staff throughout the metro and southern regions of the state. In addition to routine surveys, Ms. King has participated in and had oversite of, initial home health agency surveys to determine certification readiness. She is knowledgeable in both State licensure and Federal regulatory requirements, and has a strong understanding of survey process.

Jeanette Mefford, RN, MPH, President, Mefford, Knutson, & Associates, Inc.

Jeanette has 30 years’ experience in the home health care industry as an owner, manager, quality and compliance director. She has owned and operated a consulting firm with business partner, Sally Knutson, since 1990. Jeanette has broad administrative and management background in home health, infusion therapy, and acute inpatient hospital settings. She has extensive experience in regulation/compliance, quality improvement, business development, group training and presentations. Jeannette has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Public Health Nursing Administration from the University of MN. She has been certified in Diagnostic Coding for over 10 years and is also certified in OASIS.

Robert Rodè, Attorney, Partner, Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC

Robert Rodè is a partner with Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC. Rob serves elder care providers including LTC, AL/HWS, home health, rehab, adult day, hospice and independent living and the licensed professionals in all settings. Rob works with clients on issues like regulatory and legal compliance, surveys/ appeals, OHFC, behaviors, discharges/evictions, contracts, dispute resolution, litigation, employment/labor, CHOW and start-ups, licensing, ethics and AR. Rob is a frequent speaker, certified arbitrator, adjunct professor for the U of M, and active with various provider and legal associations and the MN Elder Justice Center.


Aaron M. Sagedahl, Associate Attorney, Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC

Aaron M. Sagedahl is an Associate Attorney at Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC practicing in the areas of collections, health care law, regulatory compliance and business formation. Mr. Sagedahl advises clients in the areas of licensure, regulatory and corporate compliance and general corporate issues including business start-ups and CHOWs. Mr. Sagedahl is a 2016 graduate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

James C. Serakos, Serakos LTD

Jim began working in the field of public accounting in 1977 with an Associates Degree in Accounting and Tax. He became a senior staff accountant at a local Certified Public Accounting firm before starting his own Tax Practice in 1983. During his career his focus has been on small business, and providing basic needs in all accounting areas, and also Individual Tax preparation. While growing his accounting practice Jim entered the Home Health Care industry. He formed a Medicare Certified Home Health Care Agency and has held positions on several regional and Statewide committees. He has since sold that business, but remains on the Statewide finance committee and provides specialized services to the industry. Over the past 33 years, Jim has developed an ability to help small businesses become successful with his experience and dedication to their success. He is a member of the National Society of Accountants and the National Society of Tax Professionals.


Continued Education Credits

This program has been designed to meet the continuing education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Nursing for contact hours.


Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Cancellations must be in writing and received by MHCA on or before June 9 to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee (per registration). No refunds for cancellations made after the cancellation deadline or for no-shows.


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