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Agency vs. Registry 2018-07-03T21:29:14+00:00

Home Health Care Agency in West Palm Beach, FL

United Nursing Services is a Home Health Agency. Why does that matter to you?

Nurse Registries are employment agencies who hire independent contractors; independent contractors are NOT employees. Therefore, the Nurse Registry is NOT responsible for theft or exploitation due to not having insured or bonded field staff.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see articles in the paper or stories on the news showing client vulnerability for exploitation, abuse, and theft by caregivers hired privately or through a registry. Many times, these private caregivers have no CNA/HHA training, no CPR training, questionable background checks or may not be in the U.S. legally or be eligible to work in the U.S. legally. All of these factors put the client in a potentially dangerous situation where they risk abuse and/or full liability if something adverse should happen while being cared for.

Please Call us at 800-334-5140 or complete the form below.

Why Choose a Home Nursing Agency?

United Nursing Services is a licensed and certified home health agency, rather than a nurse registry. There are a number of important differences between a home nursing agency and a nurse registry.

DescriptionUNS Home Health AgencyNurse RegistryPrivate Nurse

Employee/Employer Relationship

YESNONO

Independent Contractor

NOYESYES

Level II Background Screening

YESYESNO

Drug Screening

YES

Not All

VARIESNO

CPR Certification Verified

YESYESNO

License Verification

YESYESNO

Work History Reference Checks

YESYESNO

Services Meet Eligibility For Client Tax Credit

YESYESNO

24 Hour A Day Office Availability

YES

Some Use Answering Service

8am-5pm Required by law unless offering skilled services

NO

RN / LPN / MSW / HHA / CNA / Nutrition / Dietetics

YES

Most offer companion, HHA and CNA Some offer skilled nursing services

NO

PT / ST / OT

YES

Not all offer therapies

NONO

Accepts Reimbursement From Medicare / Private Pay / Workers Comp / LTC Insurance

YES

Accept private pay and some LTC insurance

NO

Complimentary Assessment As Needed

YES

Many charge a fee

Many charge a feeNO

Supervises Cases Every 45 – 60 Days

YES

Many charge a fee

For a fee
at client request

NO

Responsibility for FWT / FICA / Social Security Taxes

YESNONO

Responsible for Unemployment Tax

YESNONO

Responsible for Employee Benefits

YESNONO

Maintains Professional Liability Staff

YESNONO

Maintains Malpractice Insurance for Field Staff

YESNONO

Maintains Worker’s Comp Insurance for Field Staff

YESNONO

Maintains Professional and Comprehensive General Liability Insurance for Field Staff

YESNONO

State Certified

YESYESNO

Federal Medicare Certified

YES

Not all agency’s are Medicare or Federal Medicare

NONO

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