What is a nurse registry?
1.1 What is a Nurse Registry and how does it differ from a Home Health Agency, and a Health Care Services Pool?
A nurse registry as defined in 400.462, Florida Statutes (F.S.). is an agency that offers health-care-related contracts for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, companions or homemakers who are paid by fees as independent contractors. 59A-18.010, F.A.C. (G 180).
Some of the differences between a nurse registry and other types of health related providers are included below:
- A nurse registry and a home health agency may provide services that are privately paid for by insurance or other means to patients in their home or place of residence and provide staff to health care facilities, schools, or other business entities on a temporary or school year basis.
- A health care services pool may hire or contract with individuals and assign them to health care facilities to support or supplement the facilities’ work force in temporary work situations such as employee absences, temporary skill shortages, seasonal workloads, and special assignments and projects but cannot provide private duty staffing or enter into direct contracts with individuals to provide services.
- A nurse registry and a health care services pool do not qualify for Medicare reimbursements; a home health agency does.
- A nurse registry cannot have any employees except for the administrator, alternate administrator and office staff – all individuals who enter the home of patients to providedirect care must be independent contractors.
- A home health agency and a health care services pool may hire employees or contract with independent contractors to provide staffing. However, a home health agency must provide at least one service directly.
- A nurse registry is limited to contracting with only registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, homemakers, and companions.
These are only a few of the differences. For more information, please review the Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code (State Rules) with each of these programs at this web site.