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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-1862



Head Injury Program; Withdrawal of Accreditation Waiver for Providers of Home and Community Based Rehabilitation Services

[43 Pa.B. 5895]
[Saturday, October 5, 2013]

 The Department of Health (Department) gives notice, effective November 1, 2013, that the Division of Child and Adult Health Services' Head Injury Program (HIP) will no longer accept requests for waivers of Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation from providers of rehabilitation services interested in contracting with the Department to provide services to HIP applicants and clients. As of the effective date of this notice, to be eligible to contract with the Department to become a participating provider in the HIP, all providers shall be accredited by a National accrediting body approved by the Department, in accordance with the requirements of 28 Pa. Code § 4.4 (relating to requirements for provider participation).

 Providers of residential, outpatient, day and home based rehabilitation services whose services are eligible for payment by the HIP are required by 28 Pa. Code § 4.4 to be accredited by a National accrediting body approved by the Department. The Department published a list of approved National accrediting bodies at 31 Pa.B. 7073 (December 29, 2001). The Department approved the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for rehabilitation hospitals and CARF for nonhospital rehabilitation facilities. The Department subsequently published notice at 37 Pa.B. 4263 (August 4, 2007) announcing that the HIP would accept requests for waivers of CARF accreditation from providers of home- and community-based rehabilitation services. Effective November 1, 2013, the waiver opportunity is withdrawn and all providers who wish to contract with the Department to become a participating provider in the HIP and provide rehabilitation services to HIP applicants and clients must be accredited by one of the accrediting bodies approved by the Department.

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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-1862. Filed for public inspection October 4, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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