CHA News Article

Home Health Agencies May Hire Accreditation Organization to Conduct Licensing Survey

A recent All Facilities Letter (AFL 17-20) from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that, as of Oct. 1, home health agencies may expedite the licensing process by hiring a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved accreditation organization to conduct the initial state licensing survey, avoiding the current delay of three months to two years in initial application survey completion. If a home health agency chooses to hire its own accreditation organization and passes its initial survey, the CDPH Centralized Applications Unit will issue a six-month provisional license. More details on the process, as well as a list of approved accrediting organizations, are available in the attached AFL.