PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
Monday, February 6, 2017

Cathleen D. Bennett
Commissioner

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Department of Health Proposes Amendments and New Rules at N.J.A.C. 8:42C Establishing Licensure Standards for Inpatient Hospice Care Providers

The Office of Certificate of Need and Healthcare Facility Licensure within the Division of Certificate of Need and Licensing in the Health Systems Branch of the Department of Health (Department), with the approval of the Health Care Administration Board, today proposes amendments and new rules at N.J.A.C. 8:42C establishing standards for licensure of inpatient hospice care providers.

The Department currently licenses facilities providing inpatient hospice services as comprehensive personal care homes in accordance with N.J.A.C. 8:36. This process requires prospective licensees, and the Department in processing such applications, to adhere to the process for obtaining a certificate of need.  The proposed amendments and new rules would streamline the licensure of inpatient hospice care services by establishing standards specific to inpatient hospice care units that eliminate the need for adherence to the certificate of need process.

The proposal appears in the February 6, 2017, issue of the New Jersey Register.  The public has until April 7, 2017, to comment on the proposal.

Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit written comments either (1) electronically by April 7, 2017, to https://nj.gov/health/legal/ecomments.shtml or (2) by regular mail postmarked on or before April 7, 2017, to Joy L. Lindo, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360.

LexisNexis provides free online access to the New Jersey Register at http://www.lexisnexis.com/njoal.  An unofficial copy of the proposal is also available from the Department’s website at https://nj.gov/health/legal/rules/notice-of-rule-proposals/.

Last Reviewed: 2/6/2017