Starting an Infusion Center

Starting an Infusion Center

help starting an infusion center
One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is, “How do I go about starting an infusion center?”

Whether you’re hoping to open a free-standing infusion center, or want to incorporate an infusion center into an existing clinical practice, NICA has federal and state guidance that include regulations you should be aware of.

Since guidelines vary from state-to-state, the best place to start is evaluating some of the federal regulations that every prospective infusion center owner must understand:

  • How will the center be paid?
  • How much will the center be paid?
  • When will infusion drugs be covered?
  • How do I obtain the drugs?
  • How do I submit claims?
  • What are the compliance concerns?

Additional considerations include:

  •  Is there sufficient demand in your market?
  • What does the competitive landscape looks like?
  • What potential barriers to entry exist?
Starting an Infusion Center
Federal Guidance for Starting an Infusion Center

The market for infusion therapy continues to grow. Many physician practices consider adding an infusion practice to increase ancillary services revenue, offer additional health care services to their existing patient population, or to simplify care coordination. Others may be interested in establishing a free-standing infusion center that is independent of group practices or hospitals. In either case, there are important federal regulations that must be first considered.

What about state-specific guidance?

NICA has currently offers reports for six states. After evaluating the federal regulations, it is important to review state-specific guidance that can influence important decisions in starting an infusion center, including the following considerations:

  • Who may provide infusion services and order or administer infusion drugs?
  • Corporate structure and ownership.
  • Clinic Licensing.
  • Pharmacy Licensing.
  • Fraud and abuse.

Additional considerations include:

  • Is there sufficient demand in your market?
  • What does the competitive landscape looks like?
  • What potential barriers to entry exist?
State Regulatory Landscapes

The market for infusion therapy continues to grow. Many physician practices consider adding an infusion practice to increase ancillary services revenue, offer additional health care services to their existing patient population, or to simplify care coordination. Others may be interested in establishing a free-standing infusion center that is independent of group practices or hospitals. In all cases, important state regulations must be considered.

Are there standards for infusion centers?

Yes! NICA’s Minimum-Standards for In-Office Infusion were created by infusion providers for infusion providers to establish foundational standards of practice for the administration of intravenous and injectable medication in an outpatient setting.

infusion standards
Download this free resource to help you meet and exceed the highest standards of infusion care.

With input from leaders in the infusion industry, NICA has created the first resource that outlines minimum standards of care for in-office infusion providers to promote patient safety and consistent quality of care.

By downloading this resource, you are expressly agreeing to the Terms of Use for NICA’s Minimum Standards.

The content in the above resources is meant to be used as general guidance and should not be interpreted as legal advice. NICA is not responsible for damages resulting from the use of the materials.