The New Jersey attorney general’s office has launched an appeal lawsuit against two Jersey City health care companies for forging state documents and improperly training home health workers being dispatched to patients’ homes.

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By John Heinis / Hudson County View

The lawsuit follows an investigation by NJ Golden Home Care Corporation and Nora Home Care LLC, both located at 910 Bergen Ave. located in Jersey City in various suites by the Division of Consumer Affairs for alleged violations of the Private Employment Agency Act and related regulations.

Parallel research on Golden and Nora found that their CHHA (housewife home care assistant) training programs were allegedly not taught or supervised by a licensed program instructor and program coordinator tasked with ensuring that the training programs meet the required standards.

“Golden and Nora falsified their training program applications and CHHA eligibility lists, documents that must be submitted to and approved by the board in order for Golden and Nora to offer their CHHA training programs,” a June 21st verified compliant filed by Assistant Attorney General Alina Wells on the New Jersey Board of Nursing says.

These alleged shortcomings would cause the training programs and the individuals they train to fail to meet the Board’s requirements for certification as a CHHA.

The action announced today is not final: companies can request a hearing to challenge these allegations and provide additional information.

This is the second time the state has cracked down on Golden.

On November 28, 2018, the department issued an infringement notice to Golden for violating the Private Employment Services Act and related regulations. Golden did not deny the violations and paid a civil fine of $ 4,000.

As a result of these investigations, the Attorney General has also initiated disciplinary proceedings against individual CHHAs who allegedly received their certification without completing the training requirements mandated by the state nursing authority. T

Hose actions are decided by the board of directors who oversee CHHAs and approve all CHHA training programs.

Assistant Attorneys-General Donna J. Dorgan of the Consumer Fraud Division and Alina Wells of the Professional Chambers’ Prosecution Division in the Legal Division’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement Practice are representing attorneys on this matter.

The investigation was conducted by investigators Maureen P. Browne from the Department of Consumer Protection and Kathleen Cefalu, Walter Mazariegos and Matthew Conicella, who are assigned to the Department’s Enforcement Office.

Golden and Nora customers who have questions should contact their health plans:

Aetna Better Health of New Jersey
Medicaid and Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) members: 1-855-232-3596
Aetna Assure Premier Plus (HMO D-SNP) Members: 1-844-362-0934
Amerigroup New Jersey: 1-855-661-1996

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) members: 1-844-444-4410
Non-MLTSS members: 1-800-682-9094
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan: 1-800-645-9409
WellCare: 855-642-6185