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New Jersey wants more than $240,000 from 36 healthcare firms

Staff Writer |
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has issued Notices of Violations (NOVs) to 36 health care service firms statewide.

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The division is seeking $242,850 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the statutes and regulations governing agencies that place caregivers in the homes of senior citizens and the disabled who need their services.

The violations cited against the firms range from improper record keeping and failure to establish a patient Plan of Care (POC), to sending uncertified or otherwise unqualified caregivers into patients’ homes.

Health Care Service Firms (HCSFs) are defined as businesses that “place or arrange for the placement of personnel to provide companion services, health care, or personal care services in the personal residence of a person with a disability or a senior citizen age 60 or older.”

The firms must be registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs, and are inspected and investigated for compliance by the Office of Consumer Protection’s Health Care Service Firm Investigative Unit.

The Unit was formed in 2014 to ensure that a cadre of investigators with specialized knowledge could undertake meaningful investigations to protect vulnerable senior and disabled population receiving services in their homes.

The Unit’s investigators cover the entire State of New Jersey handling initial and follow up inspections of over 1,000 HCSFs and undertaking investigations of HCSFs when they appear to be violating the law. The NOVs announced today are a result of inspections and investigations conducted by the Unit.

The 36 agencies were assessed penalties ranging from $1,000 to $23,850 for a variety of alleged violations.

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