Home Care & Hospice Unit
The Home Care and Hospice Unit, within the Division of Acute Care Services, is responsible for the state licensure and inspection of HCOs and hospice programs. The unit also conducts the federal certification surveys for Medicare and Medicaid, and investigates any complaints received against these providers.
For Medicare Provider Enrollment applications and inquiries please contact:
CGS Administrators, Home Care (877- 299-4500) or Hospice (866-539-5592)
Hospice is a coordinated program of home and inpatient care provided directly or through an agreement under the direction of an identifiable hospice administration providing palliative and supportive medical and other health services to terminally ill patients and their families. A hospice utilizes a medically directed interdisciplinary team. A hospice program of care provides care to meet the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and other special needs which are experienced during the final stages of illness, and during dying and bereavement. Hospice care must be available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
An HCO is any public or private organization, whether operated for profit or not for profit, that provides at a person's Virginia residence one or more of the following services:
- Home health services, including services provided by or under the direct supervision of any health care professional under a medical plan of care in a patient's residence on a visit or hourly basis, to a person who has or is at risk of injury, illness, or a disabling condition and requires short-term or long-term interventions
- Personal care services, including assistance in personal care to include activities of daily living provided in a person's residence on a visit or hourly basis to a person who has or are at risk of an illness, injury or disabling condition
- Pharmaceutical services, including services provided in a person's residence, which include the dispensing and administration of a drug or drugs, and parenteral nutritional support, associated patient instruction, and such other services as identified by the Board of Health by regulation
Are you planning to open an HCO?
Review the HCO Licensure Regulations before filing for an HCO license through the VDH OLC Portal. Umbrella and excess liability insurance may be used to meet the minimum insurance requirements.