The Commission For Accreditation Of Christian Science Nursing Organizations / Facilities, Inc.


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Supporting the healing practice of Christian Science Nursing

Our mission is to support Christian Science nursing by developing, promoting, and maintaining standards for the operation of Christian Science nursing organizations.

The Commission’s principle activity involves an extensive accreditation process with regular on-site inspections — during which every facet of an organization is reviewed and evaluated according to The Commission’s standards, government and state laws and regulations, and “best practices” of this specialized field. By providing focused, on-going support to organizations, The Commission fosters knowledge, skills, and accountability in policies and practices—ensuring that a supportive environment, safety, and individualized Christian Science nursing care is provided for each patient.

The Commission is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that accredits spiritually-based healthcare programs in Christian Science nursing facilities and visiting Christian Science nursing organizations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
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FAQs

Can I use Medicare to help pay for Christian Science nursing care in a facility?
Yes, an individual who has enrolled in Medicare and has a Medicare card may be eligible for benefits in the United States. These benefits may be available at Christian Science Nursing facilities which have been designated as RNHCI’s (Religious Non-medical Health Care Institutions) and are certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A special committee, including the Director of Christian Science Nursing, at a RNHCI will assess the need for care and ascertain whether an individual qualifies for Medicare benefits.

Are any funds available in the UK?
Financial support is available for those needing Christian Science nursing care in the UK from “The Aid Fund  for Christian Scientists in need of nursing care“.  A Christian Science nurse or facility in the UK can assist an individual to obtain information and an application.

Are Christian Science nursing facilities inspected by government agencies?
Yes. Some facilities are licensed by their country or state. All facilities regularly receive inspections from fire marshals and individuals from Departments of Health—ensuring procedures that maintain cleanliness, safety, fire evacuation, etc. are properly in place. Facilities in the United States that are certified by CMS receive regular inspections to audit Medicare paperwork and compliance with their standards. In the UK, facilities are inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure adherence to government regulations.

Do you have to be a member of a Christian Science church to be a patient at a Christian Science nursing facility?
Each Christian Science nursing organization determines its own admission requirements. All facilities require an individual to be relying solely on Christian Science treatment and prayer, and to be free from the use of medicine, drugs, medical techniques, and therapy.

How can I find a facility near my home?
Email The Commission at eaa@csncommission.org or look at the list on this website for an accredited facility nearest to you.

How can I find a Christian Science nurse?
Many Christian Science nurses advertise in the Christian Science Journal, a monthly publication available at Christian Science Reading Rooms. Check in a phone book for the Christian Science Reading Room closest to you. The Reading Room attendant can assist you to locate a Christian Science nurse in your area.