This post was also written by Amie E. Schaadt and Jacqueline B. Penrod.

On December 12, 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Health published final regulations governing home care agencies and registries operating in the Commonwealth. The regulations, which became effective on December 12, 2009, require home care agencies and registries to obtain a license to operate. They also address the qualifications and competence of home care workers. Read our full alert to learn more about Pennsylvania’s new licensing and consumer protection regulations as well as the new requirements for hiring home care personnel.