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NJ Division of Consumer Affairs – Proposed HCSF Accreditation Regulations Released

The Division of Consumer Affairs has just released their proposed Health Care Service Firm Accreditation regulations!

Please note the following 3 excerpts:

      * Commencing with the first registration renewal after (12 months after the effective date of this amendment), and for every succeeding renewal, a health care service firm shall submit evidence that it is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the [page=2761] Department of Human Services as an accrediting body for homemaker agencies participating in the Medicaid program, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 10:60-1.2.

       * Commencing (three years from the effective date of this rule), and every third year from that date, a health care service firm shall submit an audit to the Division that complies with the requirements of (b) below as part of the renewal of registration required under N.J.A.C. 13:45B-13.5.  (see full details in the attached regulation document)

        * The required audit consists of two parts, one evaluating the health care firm’s compliance with laws and rules and one evaluating its financial status.  The audit must be conducted by a licensed certified public accountant and must include a report regarding internal controls and management practices. 

Click Here to Download the Proposed Regulations

Comments are due by October 20, 2017.

Governor Christie Signs S667- requiring health care service firms to obtain accreditation within 12 months of registration.

Governor Christie has signed New Jersey bill S667.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou, expands the definition of health care service firms to include firms that place or arrange for the placement of personnel to provide companion services.

The bill further requires that health care services firms obtain accreditation and comply with auditing requirements. It states that a health care service firm must obtain, within 12 months of registration, accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the NJ Commissioner of Human Services.

The Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) is New Jersey based and the only accrediting body dedicated exclusively to New Jersey’s home care providers.  CAHC  has been setting the standards for quality home care services since 1986.  We bring in-depth knowledge of New Jersey state legislation, rules and regulations and share ongoing collaborative relationships with the State’s departments of Health, Human Services and Law and Public Safety.

Agencies can contact the Commission by calling 908-508-1200 or by clicking Request Information under the Accreditation tab to receive more information about our standards and process.