Celebrate With CAHC on September 30!



New Jersey’s #1  Home Care Accrediting Body

Commission on Accreditation for Home Care

celebrates our 30th Anniversary!

Please join us and meet the staff of CAHC …

Place: Parsippany Sheraton

Address: 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054

Date:  Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Cocktails and Light Dinner served


call 908-508-1200 or email us at rsvp@cahcnj.org by September 21st

CAHC Board of Trustees Announce New Executive Director and Director of Accreditation

Donald Winant – Executive Director

Don is certainly no stranger to CAHC.  He has been a member of the CAHC Board of Trustees and has served as its President for the past 3 years.  Possessing an MBA in Finance, Don has been called upon to use his extensive executive, business and leadership acumen to keep CAHC and all of its accredited providers abreast of the many changes and challenges occurring in the New Jersey home care and companion care industries.  His strong political and state government relationships will facilitate the timely exchange of vital information among all of us.  Don is committed to expanding knowledge through educational opportunities for all providers and promoting the benefits of CAHC services to those that need accreditation.    The entire team at CAHC remains committed to its mission of maintaining best practices in delivering the highest standard of service to New Jersey’s home health care providers and for local communities and families.

Marita Drivanos – Director of Accreditation

Marita is a graduate of Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing and Seton Hall University. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Staff Development Specialist in Long Term Care.  As an Educator, she has guided a number of health care facilities successfully through the accreditation process.  She has been continuously responsible for education of the clinical nursing staff on Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement standards and practices.   Marita’s professional background includes experience in community and home care nursing, hospital adult and pediatric inpatient nursing, public health nursing, and clinical staff development and recruitment.  She is a Nurse Leader who strives to keep her and staff up to date with the latest “best practice” standards, state laws and regulations and news affecting the nursing profession.  Her depth of health care industry knowledge will undoubtedly prove to be a tremendous asset to our providers as we welcome her to team CAHC.

Interested In Being A CAHC Surveyor?

Interested in being a CAHC Surveyor?    CAHC is looking for experienced home care nurses for per diem surveyor positions throughout New Jersey.    Qualifications:

  • Current New Jersey Board of Nursing RN license in good standing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred
  • Minimum 3 years home care/community health experience
  • Thorough understanding of the accreditation process and standards
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates excellent writing, communication and computer skills

If interested, please send your resume to Don Winant Executive Director at don@cahcnj.org.

CAHC is an equal opportunity employer.

CAHC Recommended Accreditation Start Up Process for Health Care Service Firms

First Attend: Introduction to CAHC Accreditation Workshop   Duration: 2 Hours   Cost: $150 per person. Attendees will meet the staff at the Commission, learn about the CAHC application process, get an overview of CAHC’s standards, review the accreditation fee schedule, discuss time-lines to become accredited and ask questions.

Next Purchase: CAHC Accreditation Standards Manual/Workshop Package   Cost: $1,750 per agency. Package includes CAHC Accreditation Standards Manual and up to 25 hours of workshop training. Topics are appropriate for all agency staff involved in accreditation process and on-going compliance.  They include: 

Overview of CAHC Standards        
Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) Basics   
Clinical Forms Development Roundtable                 
Personnel Forms Development Roundtable      

The Role of the RN in Accreditation   
HR Intensive Review – Standard IV   
Ask the Surveyor Roundtable   
Details Regarding The Package
– The 2015 CAHC Workshop schedule will be published quarterly . Most workshops will be conducted at the CAHC office in New Providence although the training venue may vary depending on topic and location of participating agencies.
– Workshop
attendance should be completed 6 months from the purchase date of the package.
– Beyond the 25 hours other agency staff members may attend a specific workshop for an additional fee.
– Purchase of the CAHC Accreditation Standards Manual/Workshop Package will not guarantee accreditation by the  Commission on Accreditation for Home Care.

For more information contact Patrice B. Wessel, Educator, at the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care. Phone: 908-508-1200    Email: patrice@cahcnj.org.

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.