How to Become a HCS Provider

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To become a HCS provider, an individual must understand the regulations of his or her state department of elderly and aging services. HCS providers are legally authorized to administer Health and Community-based Services (HCS) to local residents in need of medical assistance. In many cases, these providers oversee programs that provide medical care to disabled or elderly individuals who are living alone, with family members, or in medical care facilities.


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Education Specific training
Starting pay $16,600 per year[1]
Median pay $20,170 per year[2]
10 yr growth Faster than average[2]
Related professions Licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, certified nursing assistant
Author Tammy Feeney
 

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HCS Provider Job Overview

HCS providers serve the elderly, disabled, and those who have been released from an acute care facility. Providers hire, train, pay, supervise, and administer medical care for these individuals. Individual U.S. states pay for the cost of medical care offered by HCS providers if the person in need lives at home, is eligible for care services, and needs Medicaid assistance. In other situations, patients may supervise and hire their own caregivers.[3]

Providers arrange medical care for individuals who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. These services are also available for older adults who need assistance such as physical therapy or prescription drug delivery.


Home Health Care Jobs

Home health care aides often work under the supervision of HCS providers. The demand for home health care aides is expected to rise at a faster than average rate in the United States, due to the number of adults who are reaching old age. The job of a home health care aide often includes doing the following:

  • Help clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Doing light housekeeping, such as, laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals
  • Provide companionship[4]

HCS Provider Education and Training

Many individuals who become HCS providers have previously worked as home health care aides or personal care aides. This experience allows them to train their staff members to provide appropriate care and follow the regulations of the overseeing state department. In order to work as a home health care aide, a person generally receives on-the-job training that may include learning how to perform housekeeping tasks such as cooking for specific dietary needs and assisting patients to move around the home. They may also learn how to provide emergency medical treatment.[5]

Most states require that HCS providers have a certain amount of personal health care experience. In Texas, all HCS provider program managers must have at least three years of experience in providing service to intellectually disabled persons.[6]

HCS Provider Certification

To become an HCS provider, an individual must complete the required paperwork and obtain a state license. For example, in the state of Texas, HCS providers fall under the oversight of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). HCS providers must apply for the program by completing a pre-orientation session, filling out an application, and submitting proof of their experience in the home health care field. Program applicants must also include three letters of reference with their applications.[6]

Home Care Services

Services provided by HCS caregivers

Also See: How to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN, How to Become a Registered Nurse, How to Become an EMT, How to Become a Physical Therapy Assistant, How to Become a Medical Assistant, How to Become a Physician Assistant, How to Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant

References

  1. http://bls.gov/oes/current/oes311011.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-and-personal-care-aides.htm#tab-1
  3. http://www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov/caregiving/inhomeCaregiver.htm
  4. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-and-personal-care-aides.htm#tab-2
  5. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-and-personal-care-aides.htm#tab-4
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/HCS/howto.html#application