Updated: Aug 11
Aside from proper vehicle and driver licensing for transporting clients and their belongings, in most areas you do not require any formal licensing for this kind of work. You will require a business license and any other documentation that allows you to operate your non-emergency medical transportation business in and around your community.
How to become a senior transportation provider?
You need to choose a name to operate your business under and it should be easy to remember and not complicated in any way. It should say something about your business and you may want to check to be sure the name you finally pick is not already in use or trademarked elsewhere. As with any kind of business there are supplies required to function properly. Depending on the kind of office space you intend to use – a home office would be best – you will need just about everything from a computer/tablet, a cell phone, billing software if you drive medicaid customers, and everything in-between.
How to become a Non emergency medical transportation provider?
The kinds of services you intend to offer your clients need to be itemized and on a chart so you and your customers can reference them. The services you offer may only be from Point A to Point B or round trips to start but other transportation opportunities may become obvious and those will need to be factored into the equation. Be flexible until you can firm up all possibilities and that will be your service schedule.
Becoming a NEMT Provider
The price you charge your clients has to be documented but what can you charge? An average non-emergency medical transportation business charges between $20 and $60 per hour. Your rates will fall in there and depending on where you live, the economic conditions, number of seniors and other local variables will define your final price. Plus, you may want to allow for discount programs and combo pricing on similar services.
Like any other business, starting a medical transportation company is hard work. As long as you know that from the outset and are willing to put in the time and energy necessary to succeed, your business is off to a great start. Not only can starting a medical transportation company generate a lot of revenue and create a lot of jobs, you’ll also be providing a critical service to a number of elderly and disabled patients—helping them and their loved ones enjoy a better quality of life. In many ways, it’s the best of both worlds.