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The decision of opening your own practice is a major yet exciting adventure. When making such a decision it is strongly suggested you consider utilizing professionals within the industry. It will be important that you familiarize yourself with State and Federal requirements. Your state and federal requirements are going to be important factors in determining how quickly you can set up the foundation of your business. By now you have a vision and you have set some goals for yourself and your agency. It's time to strategically plan. Have you written a mission statement and a vision statement? Consumers want to know what your agency philosophy is.
Have you explored the gaps in services within your community? Have you researched locations and competitors in order to fill those gaps.
Have you selected a name that effectively identifies your practice? Have you registered your name with your state? Remember you'll need a occupational license. Some entities will require both county and city occupational licenses. There are many federal, state and local regulations that may impact a community-based health practice. You'll need to submit your applications to local licensing boards such as DCF/SAMH., ACHA and or JACHO.
Policies and procedures will need to be implemented take some time to familiarize yourself with state and federal guidelines that hold your facility accountable? Establish Affiliate agreements and collaborations with area providers. Referral sources can be key factors in receiving clients. Create a strong collaborative referral network that links your practice to the existing community healthcare system.
Business plans should include a projected budget, to support your operation during your first six months while you are building your client census. The Small Business Plan Administration (SBA) provides free counseling in most new business ventures - www.sba.gov.
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