License Minnesota

Home Care

A home care provider is any entity that regularly engages in the delivery of home care services for a fee.

Agency contact information:

Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of
625 Robert St. N.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 201-5000 | (888) 345-0823 (MN toll free)
Compliance Monitoring Division
Home Care and Assisted Living Program
P.O. Box 64900 | 85 East 7th Place East, Suite 220 | St. Paul, MN 55164-0900 | (651) 201-5273
Contact Info: health.homecare@state.mn.us

Website:

Comprehensive Home Care Provider Licensing 

Minnesota Health Care Facilities Programs  


The Minnesota Department of Health Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 144A.43

Rules:

MINNESOTA RULES 4668.0002 -are in effect for existing providers who have not yet converted to a Basic or Comprehensive license Upon their next annual renewal after July 1, 2014.

Forms:

Application to operate a Basic home care license and application to operate a Comprehensive home care license.

* Effective 1/1/14 : New applicants will apply for a Basic or Comprehensive home care license as there will no longer be Class A, B, C or F licenses issued by MDH. 

* Effective 7/1/14 : Existing providers will convert at their next annual renewal to the new licensure type (Either Basic or Comprehensive). Any Change of Ownerships (CHOWs) occurring after this date will also apply for either a Basic or Comprehensive license. 

Application forms and documents are available on the MN Dept. of Health website, MN Home Care and Assisted Living Program, Compliance Monitoring section at New Home Care Licensing Changes, Comprehensive home care provider licensing, or Basic home care provider licensing.


Requirements:

Refer to Home Care Licensing Changes FAQs


A home care provider is any entity that regularly engages in the delivery of home care services for a fee. 

At least one home care service must be provided directly, although additional home care services may be provided by contractual arrangements.

A home care provider must have a current license to operate in the state.


 Refer to the MN Dept. of Health publications, A Guide to Home Care Services.

Fee:

Fees are based on revenue derived from the provision of home care services during the previous calendar year.

There is a transitional period for those providers converting from a Class F license (previously based on the
monthly average number of clients served) that continues utilizing this information until July 1, 2016 where
it will then be based on revenue. 

The fee schedule that will be in effect on July 1, 2015 is located in Minn. Stat. § 144A.472, subd. 7.  

The transitional period for the increases in fees is listed in  Minn. Stat. § 144A.481, subd. 3.


Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:

License is effective for one year from effective date.

Initial licenses issued will be “temporary” and will be effective for one year from issuance. Within that first year, MDH will conduct a full initial survey to ensure that the licensee is in substantial compliance with the home care requirements. If upon this initial survey the licensee is found to be in substantial compliance, a Basic or Comprehensive licensed will be issued. If upon this initial survey the licensee is found not to be in substantial compliance, a license will not be issued.

Length of Determination Process:

The MN Department of Health has 90 days in which to grant or deny a license.

Other Pertinent Information:

Licenses are renewed on an annual basis. Licenses are not transferable.